2009- Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University College London.
2009- Visiting Research Fellow, Wolfson College, Cambridge.
2009 - Research Associate, Mongolia & Inner Asia Studies Unit,
University of Cambridge.
2012 - Book Review Editor, Inner Asia
2013 - Associate Member of Centre for Migration & Diaspora Studies, SOAS.
1999-2003 Ph.D. Social Anthropology, King’s College, University of Cambridge.
Thesis title: ‘Integrating Transformations: a study of children and daughters-in-law in a new approach to Mongolian kinship’. My doctoral research focused on ideas about personhood in Northeast Mongolia. It was based on 16 months fieldwork conducted in Mongolian, in the Buriad dialect. Supervisor Prof. Humphrey, external examiner Prof. Carsten, internal examiner Dr. Diemberger. Thesis passed without any corrections.
1998-1999 Mongolian language training at the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit,
University of Cambridge and the National University of Mongolia.
1994-1997 B.Sc. (Hons) Social Anthropology,
London School of Economics and Political Sciences.
Languages: Swedish/English (bilingual), Mongolian (speaking: advanced, reading and writing: intermediate/ advanced), French and Russian (speaking, reading, writing: basic).
Honours, Prizes and Grants
2012 I was selected as UCL’s sole candidate, out of all Departments,
for the Leverhulme Research Leadership Award for project entitled: Emerging Subjects of the New Economy
2008 Prize winner, Cambridge University Social Anthropology Society (CUSAS),
photographic competition, spring 2008.
2007 Crowther-Beynon Fund, University of Cambridge
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
2007 Winner of the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship
Monograph Competition for a monograph contract with Oxford University Press.
This is a competitive prize and a further mark of excellence within the BApostdoc scheme. Academic Advisor: Dr. H. Diemberger.
2003-2006 (Nov) British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF/2003/145),
Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, Project: ‘Objects of Memory: Locating Kinship in Mongolia’, Mentor: Prof. Caroline Humphrey (out of 593 applications, 32 grants were awarded in 2003, giving a success rate of 5%).
2003 Research Award from the Cambridge Committee for Central and Inner Asia
2003 British Academy Larger Research Grant Award, Award LRG-35383 (co-applicant).
1999 Crowther-Beynon Fund, University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and
2007-2009 Leverhulme Research Associate, University of Cambridge. Co-curator and project manager for the exhibition: ‘Assembling Bodies: Art, Science & Imagination’, Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (MAA), funded by the Wellcome Trust, the Arts Council (East), and the Leverhulme Trust. This post was part of an interdisciplinary Leverhulme funded project entitled ‘Changing Beliefs of the Human Body’ (Jan 2007-March 2009).
2006-2009 Senior Research Fellow, Wolfson College, Cambridge.
2004-2006 Junior Research Fellow, Wolfson College, Cambridge.
2003-2006 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF/2003/145), Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge (Nov 2003-Nov 2006).
2003 - 2004 Principle Researcher for a collaborative project with Mongolian historians, religious specialists and anthropologists. Project: ‘Politics and Prophecy: An Anthropological Study in Mongolia’, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge. Funded by the British Academy Larger Research Grants Division (Award LRG-35383), and the Cambridge Committee for Central and Inner Asia (CCCIA).
2003 Research Assistant for Prof Henrietta Moore and Dr Todd Sanders for Moore, Henrietta and Sanders, Todd 2005 Anthropology in Theory: Issues in Epistemology. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
Exhibitions, Media and General Public
2012 Discussant on Group Therapy, Resonance FM, focus on fatherhood and resentment with clinical psychologist and father, 11th Nov, 2012.
2012 Advisor for BBC 1 Andrew Marr’s History of the World.
2012 Specialist on materiality and death on morning news programme BBC Radio Jersey, 8th November 2012
2011-12 Advisor to Foreign & Commonwealth Office on policy in Mongolia.
2010 Consultancy work for BBC Radio 3 – World Music with Lucy Durran.
2009 ‘Assembling Bodies: Art, Science & Imagination’, Co-curator, Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Cambridge. Opened on 6th March, 2009 by Professor Sir John Sulston. On until November 2010. Described as ‘the Museum’s most ambitious exhibition in its 125 years’.
2008 Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, curator for the permanent Mongolia display-case.
2008 University of Cambridge Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences’ open week ‘Festival of Ideas’, Department of Social Anthropology, Thursday 30th October and Friday 31st October, 2.30-4pm. I ran film screenings and discussions with two lectures.
2008 Encountering Inner Asia: exploring everyday life in Mongolia & Tibet, University of Cambridge Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Festival, Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit Open Day, 25th October, Organisational committee with Chris Kaplonski, Grégory Delaplace, and Libby Peachey. I gave a lecture on modern Mongolian photography.
2006 Public lecture and workshop given at the the British Museum, 24th June, for 60-75 adults, ‘Study Morning on the Mongols’; two lectures and a talk about Mongolian objects held at the British Museum. Organised with Hilary Williams, Art History Education Officer, Department of Learning & Information, the British Museum.
2006 Model and Poster exhibited at the British Academy for the British Academy Annual General Meeting, 6th July 2006. Also exhibited at the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit 20th Anniversary Celebration, Trinity College Master’s Lodge, Cambridge.
2006 Photography exhibited at Lauderdale House, London. Exhibition entitled: ‘...by association’, 9th - 21st May 2006.
2005 Interview for BBC Timewatch programme, ‘Chinggis Haan’ (01/LSG B067B), Producer: Carol Sennett, Screening: Timewatch series, BBC 2, 10th March 2006.
2005 Photography exhibited at ‘Double Exposure’ exhibition, PANDIS, Cambridge.
2004 -2005 Anthropological films: 1) Director and editor: ‘Love and Birds’, filmed in Kotla, Poland, 2004. 2) Camera and editor: ‘Stories of the Forgotten Land’, The Footprint Projects, directed by Gael LeCornec, soundtrack by Menino Josué, film by Vanessa Halipi and Rebecca Empson, screened at Chisenhale Dance Space, London 2004. 3) Camera and editor: ‘How to get to University in Mongolia’, 2005.
2002 Consultant Ethnographer on Unilever Strontium Project, Happy Dog Group, London.
1999 Volunteer at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge.
1998 Discovery Initiatives, Mongolia. Establishing distribution of guidebook for Hövsgöl National Park and research for Mongolian version.
1998 Internship at The Times Literary Supplement.
1997-8 Occasional Research Assistant and Translator. Educational Research Department, London School of Economics and Political Sciences. Work on E.U. funded project comparing secondary school systems in Europe.
1997 Internship at the Ethnographic Museum, Stockholm, Sweden. Researching and arranging two extensive archives on Sven Hedin’s expeditions in Mongolia.
1997 Volunteer work at UNICEF, writing articles and compiling country profiles.
1997 Conservation work, Mongolia. Work with an anthropologist on local understandings of Hövsgöl National Park.
2011 Harnessing Fortune: personhood, memory and place in Mongolia. British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monograph Series, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Edited Books and Journals
2009 Assembling Bodies: Art, Science & Imagination, edited by Anita Herle, Rebecca Empson, Mark Elliot, Cambridge: Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (editor and contributor).
2007 Perspectivism, a special issue of the journal Inner Asia, Volume 9. No. 2, edited by Caroline Humphrey, Rebecca Empson and Morten A. Pedersen (editor and contributor).
2006 Visions of the Future: Time, Causality and Prophecy in the Mongolian Cultural Region, Inner Asia Monograph Series, Kent: Global Oriental / University of Hawaii Press (editor and contributor).
Chapters in books
2012 Transacting Knowledge, Transplanting Organs: Collaborative Scientific Partnerships in Mongolia, Collaborators Inside Collaboration: Anthropological Ethics and Knowledge Relations Across Worlds of Research in Action, edited by Monica Konrad, Oxford: Berghahn Press
2010 Enclosing for Growth: Including or Excluding People from Land in Northeast Mongolia, Political Representations in Modern Inner Asia: Conventional and Alternative Uses, edited by Roberte Hamayon, Isabelle Charleux, and Grégory Delaplace, Bellingham: Western Washington University Press.
2010 Tracing Histories, Between Art & Anthropology, eds. Arnd Schneider and Christopher Wright, London: Berg (with Mohini Chandra).
2007 Enlivened Memories: Recalling Absence and Loss in Mongolia, Ghosts of Memory: Essays on Remembrance and Relatedness, edited by Janet Carsten, Oxford: Blackwell.
2007 Separating and Containing People and Things in Mongolia, Thinking Through Things: Theorising Artefacts Ethnographically, edited by Amiria Henare, Martin Holbraad, and Sari Wastell, London: Routledge Press.
2006 Introduction, Visions of the Future: Time, Causality and Prophecy in the Mongolian Cultural Region, edited by Rebecca Empson, Inner Asia Monograph Series, Kent: Global Oriental / University of Hawaii Press.
2006 Recalling past futures: the property of lay-prophets and oral prophecy, Visions of the Future: Time, Causality and Prophecy in the Mongolian Cultural Region, edited by Rebecca Empson, Inner Asia Monograph Series, Kent: Global Oriental / University of Hawaii Press.
2006 The repetition of Mongolian prophetic time, Visions of the Future: Time, Causality and Prophecy in the Mongolian Cultural Region, edited by Rebecca Empson, Inner Asia Monograph Series, Kent: Global Oriental / University of Hawaii Press.
Articles in journals
2012 The Dangers of Excess: Accumulating, Sharing and Dispersing Fortune in Mongolia, Social Analysis, special issue edited by Giovanni Da Col and Caroline Humphrey
2012 Response to Can Film Show the Invisible? The Work of Montage in Ethnographic Filmmaking, Christian Suhr and Rane Willerslev Current Anthropology , Vol. 53, No. 3 (June 2012), pp. 282-301
2009 ‘With Poem-Bullets Around our Waist’: A Translation of Choinom’s Poem ‘Buriad’ with Notes, Inner Asia Journal, Volume 11, Number 1: 115–145, (with Basanjav Terbish).
2007 The Little Human and the Daughter-in-law: Two Perspectives from Eastern and Western Mongolia (with Grégory Delaplace), Perspectivism, a special issue of the journal Inner Asia, (eds.) Morten A. Pedersen, Rebecca Empson, Caroline Humphrey, Volume 9. No. 2 (2007), 197-214.
2007 Editorial Introduction: Inner Asian Perspectivisms, with Morten A. Pedersen and Caroline Humphrey, Perspectivism, a special issue of the journal Inner Asia, Volume 9. No. 2, 2007:1-12.
2006 Reproducing People and Prophecy, Cambridge Anthropology, A Journal of the Department of Social Anthropology, Vol. 25. No. 3, 52-60.
Book and conference reviews
2003 Fieldworks: A Review, Cambridge Anthropology, A Journal of the Department of Social Anthropology, Vol. 24, No.1, pp 39-49, (with Haidy Geismar). 1999 Inner Asia Journal, Volume 2. Book review.
2000 Education in Mongolia, the Mongolian Government Homepage: www.asia-planet.net/mongolia/education.htm
1998 Hövsgöl National Park, The Mongol Messenger (Mongolian-English language newspaper).
1997 UNICEF country profiles: Afghanistan, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Mongolia, People’s Republic of China, Peru and Uganda.
Work in press
Portioning Loans: Entangled Cosmologies of Wealth and Power in Mongolia, in Contemporary Cosmologies and the Cultural Imagination, edited by Allen Abramson and Martin Holbraad
Mongolian diaspora and social ecologies, in Relational Architectural Ecologies: Subjectivity, Sex, Nature and Architecture, edited by Peg Rawes, Oxon: Taylor & Francis/Routledge