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Dr Theresia Hofer

Dr Theresia Hofer

Dr Theresia Hofer
Mag(Vienna), MSc(Brun.), PhD(Lond.)

Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology

43 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1UU
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+44 (0) 117 331 7073



Theresia Hofer is a social and medical anthropologist trained at the University of Vienna, Brunel University, University College London, and at Tibet University in Lhasa. After her graduate and doctoral research on rural primary health care, Tibetan medicine and memories of Communist reforms in Central Tibet, Theresia worked as curator of the Bodies in Balance – The Art of Tibetan Medicine exhibition in New York and held a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Oslo, working on gender and healthcare in Tibet. Her current work studies the newly emergent Lhasa-variant of Tibetan Sign Language  (TSL) and explores issues of embodiment, deaf identity, language ideologies, and signifying embodied movement.

Her work has been covered widely in the press, radio and television, among others, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and New York Public Radio.


Social & medical anthropology; language& anthropology; international development, global health & disability; women’s & children’s health; gender; sign languages and deaf studies; collaborative research methodologies & applied anthropology; anthropological approaches to memory; museum anthropology; greater Himalayan region & Tibetan areas of China; South & East Asia



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