Teaching Fellow


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PhD in Social Anthropology, University of Aberdeen

- Thesis title: Outside the Palace, the Night: Spirits, landscape and perception among Buddhist laity in Ladakh, Himalayan India

MSc Social Anthropology, Wolfson College, Oxford

BA (Hons) Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, UCL


Teaching Responsibilities

2018/2019 Course co-ordinator for:

Level 1/2 - Asian Religions and the West

This course examines the history of European and American encounters with Buddhism and Hinduism. It investigates the origins of these encounters in the context of European colonialism, and looks at the ways in which this tangled history has influenced modern representations of Asian religions.

Covering: colonialism and religion in South Asia; sati, thuggee and the East India Company; Oriental studies and the construction of Hinduism; the influence of the Theosophical Society; a brief history of yoga; Shambhala and Shangri-La; the many lives of the Tibetan Book of the Dead; meditation, mindfulness and 'scientific Buddhism'.

2017/2018 Course co-ordinator for:

DR2074 - Religions of the World: Asia

- General introduction to the history, doctrines and practice of Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Shinto.

DR2575 - Theories of Religion

- Provides a general introduction to a range of sociological, anthropological and psychological theories of religion.

RS2505/2511 - Buddhism

- Introduction to the doctrines and practice of Buddhism, with a focus on Mahāyāna philosophy and modern issues within Tibetan Buddhism.

DR305C/4043 (Special Subject) - Shamanism and Spirit Possession

- Guided reading on peripheral possession cults and Inner Asian shamanism, assessed on the basis of an extended essay.

Further Info

Research interests

Religion in Tibetan and Himalayan societies, Tibetan Buddhism, Ladakh and Zangskar, spirits and spirit possession, landscape, perception.

Conference papers

  • Hidden lands and buried villages: the meaning of sbas yul in Ladakh. Presented at an invited workshop on Hidden Lands in Himalayan Myth and History, University of Toronto, Canada.
  • Unwritten lands: sbas yul in Ladakh and Zangskar. Presented at the 14th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, University of Bergen, Norway.
  • Gifts from the hidden people: spirits and the uncanny in the landscape of a Zangskari village. Presented at the interdisciplinary conference Wild or Domesticated – Uncanny in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives to Mind, Tieteiden Talo, Helsinki, Finland.

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