AsPr Rohan Bastin

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Professor Of Anthropology

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SHSS Arts & Ed

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, University of London, 1992

Contact

rohan.bastin@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 71366

Biography

I was born in Melbourne and lived in Burwood till I was 10. Moved to Adelaide where I completed high school and university. Completed PhD at University College, London. Returned to Australia to a tutorship then postdoctoral fellowship at University of Melbourne. Then I took a lectureship at James Cook University where I ended up as Head of the School of Anthropology, Archaeology & Sociology. Joined Deakin in mid-2005 to rebuild the Anthropology program and became Deputy Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2012.

In my anthroppology I focus on the nature of religion, the state and violence in Sri Lanka and south India. I teach at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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Research interests

South Asia with a special emphasis on Sri Lanka.
Religious interaction, religious pluralism and new religious movements.
Ritual, festival and pilgrimage.
Anthropological consultancy and expert knowledge.
State violence and ethnic conflict.

Affiliations

Fellow, Australian Anthropological Society
Affiliate Member, Alfred Deakin Research Institute

Teaching interests

Political anthropology, medical anthropology, anthropology of religion, introduction to anthropology

Units taught

ASS101 Anthropology 1A; ASS206 Medical Anthropology; ASS329 Anthropology of Crime & Violence; ASS706 Poverty, Health & Illness

Knowledge areas

Anthropology

Professional activities

Editorial board of Social Analysis
 

Projects

State intervention in religious practice in South Asia.

Publications

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2016

Recognizing the spatial and territorial nature of religious communities in Colombo, Sri Lanka

A/Prof Rohan Bastin

(2016), pp. 97-114, Religion and urbanism : reconceptualising sustainable cities for South Asia, London, Eng., B1

chapter
2014

Dynamics of Fragility: Secret Victories and Political Awakenings in Sri Lanka's Civil War

A/Prof Rohan Bastin

(2014), pp. 180-201, Development in Difficult Sociopolitical Contexts: Failed, Fragile, Pariah, , B1-1

chapter
2013

Development aid, civil war and the containers of capitalism

A/Prof Rohan Bastin

(2013), pp. 69-89, Critical reflections on development, London, B1

chapter

The politics of virtuality

A/Prof Rohan Bastin

(2013), Vol. 4, pp. 21-31, Religion and society, New York, NY, C1

journal
2012

Saints, sites and religious accommodation in Sri Lanka

A/Prof Rohan Bastin

(2012), pp. 97-117, Sharing the Sacra : The politics and pragmatics of intercommunal relations around holy places, New York, N.Y., B1

chapter

Empty spaces and the multiple modernities of nationalism

A/Prof Rohan Bastin

(2012), pp. 319-338, Legends of people myths of state : violence, intolerance, and political culture in Sri Lanka and Australia, New York, N.Y., B1

chapter
2010

Sri Lankan civil society and its fanatics

A/Prof Rohan Bastin

(2010), pp. 123-140, Contemporary religiosities : emergent socialities and the post-nation-state, New York, N.Y., B1

chapter
2009

'Royal science' and civil war in Sri Lanka : a comment on S. Goonatilake

A/Prof Rohan Bastin

(2009), Vol. 43, pp. 443-467, Contributions to Indian sociology, New Delhi, India, C1-1

journal

Sri Lankan civil society and its fanatics

A/Prof Rohan Bastin

(2009), Vol. 53, pp. 123-140, Social analysis, New York, N.Y., C1-1

journal
2005

Hindu temples in the Sri Lankan ethnic conflict : capture and excess

A/Prof Rohan Bastin

(2005), Vol. 49, pp. 45-66, Social analysis, New York, N.Y., C1

journal

Death of the Indian social

A/Prof Rohan Bastin

(2005), pp. 1-132, Retreat of the social: the rise and rise of reductionism, New York, N.Y., B1

chapter

The Hindu temple and the aesthetics of the imaginary

A/Prof Rohan Bastin

(2005), pp. 89-108, Aesthetics and performance : formations of symbolic constuction and experience, New York, N.Y., B1

chapter
2004

Death of the Indian social

A/Prof Rohan Bastin

(2004), Vol. 48, pp. 205-213, Social Analysis, New York, N.Y., C1-1

journal

Introduction

A/Prof Rohan Bastin, Barry Morris

(2004), pp. 1-11, Expert knowledge : first world peoples, consultancy, and anthropology, New York, N. Y., B1-1

chapter
2003

Introduction: Expert knowledge: First world peoples, consultancy, and anthropology

A/Prof Rohan Bastin, Barry Morris

(2003), Vol. 47, pp. 1-11, Social analysis, New York, N. Y., C1-1

journal

Surrender to the market : thoughts on anthropology, the body shop, and intellectuals

A/Prof Rohan Bastin

(2003), Vol. 14, pp. 19-38, The Australian journal of anthropology, Richmond, Vic., C1-1

journal
2002

Sorcerous technologies and religious innovation in Sri Lanka

A/Prof Rohan Bastin

(2002), pp. 155-174, Beyond rationalism : rethinking magic, witchcraft, and sorcery, New York, N. Y., B1-1

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