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The Australian National University

Dr Natasha Fijn

Position: PhD graduate in Anthropology


Research Interests: Human-animal studies, animal domestication, visual anthropology, observational film, eco-humanities, ethology, etho-ethnography/ethno-ethology, Mongolia

Thesis title: Living with Herds in Mongolia
I am passionate about communicating cross-species, cross-cultural ideas, not only in written form but also through other media, using digital video and photography as an integral part of my research. A book based on my PhD thesis, entitled Living with Herds: human-animal co-existence in Mongolia, is in the process of being published with Cambridge University Press. The book embarks upon an original approach to the subject of animal domestication engaging with current social behaviour between significant others, both herder and herd animal. Field research for this book involved spending an extended period of time living in a cross-cultural and a multi-species landscape, employing the anthropological approach of participant observation, living with herds in Mongolia.

Natasha with Mongolian herding women

Natasha with herd in winter

Human, horse and flock in Mongolia

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