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Research

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RESEARCH

I research the art history and cultural technologies of South, Central and Southeast Asia with a particular focus on ritual objects and material religion. In conservation, I am interested in the relationship between objects and cultural practice, and in challenging existing ethical standards, institutions and methodologies. 

During the 2017-18 academic year, I will be traveling in 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, cultural technologies and the natural landscape. 

Image of Guru Rinpoche, Thimphu valley, Bhutan, 2013

Image of Guru Rinpoche, Thimphu valley, Bhutan, 2013