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Dr Theresia Hofer


I am a social and medical anthropologist with research expertise in linguistic anthropology. I have worked and published widely on rural primary health care, Tibetan medicine and memories of Communist reforms in Central Tibet, and been the curator of the Bodies in Balance – The Art of Tibetan Medicine exhibition in New York, among others. I held a Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Actions International Fellowship at the University of Oslo, working on gender and healthcare in Tibet. My focus then shifted to the intersections of language and society, with a Wellcome Trust-funded research project on how the use of Tibetan Sign Language among deaf Tibetans in Lhasa fosters new kinds of social and ethnic belongings. Most recently, I have expanded my regional focus from the Tibetan areas of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the wider Himalayan and South Asian region, to Japan, with a project on 'Universal Museum Design in Anthropology', in collaboration with Minpaku National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka.



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