Staff profile - Rohan Bastin

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AsPr Rohan Bastin

Position: Associate Professor Of Anthropology
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Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SHSS Arts & Ed
Campus: ic2.303, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 522 71366 +61 3 522 71366



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.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of London, 1992


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

Professional activities

Editorial board of Social Analysis


Teaching Interests

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

Subjects and units currently teaching

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

Knowledge areas



Research projects

State intervention in religious practice in South Asia.

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.

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