Popular Buddhism in Thailand; religion, media and materiality; digital anthropology
Thailand, Southeast Asia, Songkhla / Hat Yai
I am an Australian-born anthropologist and editor. I studied anthropology at Macquarie University, Sydney. My PhD dissertation, The Sacred Borderland (2008), focused on popular Buddhist saints, religious place-making, and cross-border pilgrimage in the southern Thai borderland.
Following the completion of my PhD, I moved to Germany. I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen (2010–2011), before joining the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Göttingen (2011–2019). In the latter role, I taught a broad range of seminars, edited the Institute’s occasional paper series, and was engaged in developing innovative digital teaching formats. These included experiments in online teaching as well as non-linear storytelling as a method of introducing students to the dilemmas of ethnographic fieldwork. I have also worked as an independent copy and language editor.
I also co-edit the open access Journal of Global Buddhism.