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Dr Gillian G. Tan

Dr Gillian G. Tan

Position: Visitor
Phone: +61 3 522 78645
Campus: F


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Researcher output profile for Dr Gillian G. Tan

Brief Biography

Dr Gillian G Tan's research combines long-term ethnographic fieldwork among nomads of eastern Tibet with theoretical developments in phenomenology, the anthropology of nature, and science and technology studies. Her work elucidates the multiple ways in which people understand, and live in, their worlds. Her doctoral research explored different perceptions and articulations of change in a Tibetan community among various actors: nomads, the international development industry, the Chinese government and an incarnate lama. Her current project, An Ecology of Religion: re-examining relationships among people, environment and religiosity on the Tibetan plateau, suggests an alternative understanding to human-nonhuman-environment relations and proposes that these interactions adapt to changes based on a system of logic influenced by religious beliefs.

Gillian completed her PhD in Anthropology at the University of Melbourne in 2009. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from St John's College, Santa Fe and the University of Chicago. In 2010, she was a Fondation Fyssen postdoctoral fellow at the Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Sociale, College de France, where she worked under the direction of Philippe Descola. Gillian has received various Australian and international awards and scholarships, presented at national and international conferences, and published articles and book chapters. Her monograph is currently under review at the University of Washington Press. She is also an international director for a Tibetan non-governmental organization that trains young Tibetans in filmmaking and produces documentaries of contemporary Tibetan life.

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