September 24-25, 2010
@ The University of Colorado at Boulder
(PhD Anthropology & History, 2001 University of Michigan). I am a cultural anthropologist and historian specializing in contemporary Tibet. My research focuses on issues of colonialism and empire, history and memory, power and politics, refugees and citizenship, nationalism, senses of belonging, gender, war, and anthropology as theoretical storytelling. Since 1994, I have conducted research in Tibetan refugee communities in India and Nepal on the history and politics of the guerilla army Chushi Gangdrug, culminating in my forthcoming book Arrested Histories: Tibet, the CIA, and Memories of a Forgotten War (Duke University Press). Thinking of 20th-21st century Tibetan histories and experiences as imperial in a global sense is a key part of my work in relation to the CIA, British India, and the People's Republic of China. My work on Tibet as "out-of-bounds" empire can be found in Imperial Formations, an SAR volume I co-edited with Ann Stoler and Peter Perdue. Currently, I am in the midst of launching a new research project with Tibetans in New York City and Toronto titled "Refugee Citizenship: Political Asylum, the Translated Self, and Tibetan Immigration to North America."
I regularly teach classes on Tibet and the Himalayas, feminist anthropology, history and memory, and contemporary social theory.
(BA Latin American Studies, 2003 Carleton College; MA Anthropology, 2008 University of Colorado). Fischer's research is focused on the cultural aspects of coffee production in Costa Rica and Guatemala, particularly with respect to the actors and issues involved in Fair Trade certification. She is also interested in the linkages between coffee production and violence, including structural violence. Her advisor is Donna Goldstein.
(BA Anthropology, 2000 Dartmouth College; Masters Regional Planning, 2005 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; MA Anthropology, 2009 University of Colorado). Rachel's research is in cultural anthropology, focusing on urbanization, class mobility, and gender role change for young professional women in Bangalore, India. Her advisor is Carole McGranahan.
(BA Anthropology, 2004 Washington University in St. Louis; MA Social Sciences,
2006 University of Chicago). Thomson's research is in cultural anthropology with
a focus on the politics of Congolese refugee repatriation from Tanzanian camps
to the DRC. Her advisor is Carla Jones.