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Research

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RESEARCH

I research the cultural history and technologies of south, central and southeast Asia with a focus on ritual objects and material religion. As a conservator, I am interested in the relationship between objects and people, and in challenging existing ethical standards, institutions and methodologies. 

During the 2017-18 academic year, I traveled across the Himalayas looking at the construction of Buddhist ritual objects in their current cultural, geo-political and economic context. Since 2011, my focus has been on the use of human remains and the relationship between social practices, material culture and the natural landscape. 

At present, I am writing the results of this fieldwork into my PhD dissertation at SOAS University of London.

Image of Guru Rinpoche, Thimphu valley, Bhutan, 2013

Image of Guru Rinpoche, Thimphu valley, Bhutan, 2013