Palestine and the Middle East; human rights; nationalism; the United Nations; investigative commissions; political epistemologies; revolution; anthropology of violence; political anthropology; historical anthropology
West Africa; material culture; cultural landscape; cultural memory; heritage; historicity; history of anthropology; colonialism; museum anthropology; exhibition practice; visual anthropology; migration and diaspora; culture and development.
East Africa. Corporations and capitalism, international development, moral economies, corporate social responsibility, enterprise and entrepreneurialism, inclusive markets, consumption and commodities, politics and practices of food governance, gender.
Ethnographically, the anthropology of West Africa in general, with a particular focus on the ‘Middle Belt’ of Nigeria and Cameroon. Ethnographic interests, both contemporary and historical, include: politics and religion; ethnicity and identity; material culture. Anthropologically, contemporary theories in social anthropology, and the history of twentieth-century British social anthropology.
South Africa; economic anthropology; anthropology of the state & institutions, bureaucracy, agriculture; livelihoods; health; nutrition; politics of food systems, food acquisition and consumption practices.
Reader in West African Anthropology; Learning & Teaching Coordinator
Anthropology of religion, religious reform (Islam and Pentecostalism), transnational religious networks (Tabligh Jamaʻat), faith-based development, urban anthropology, popular culture, gender, youth, West Africa (the Gambia, Senegal and Nigeria)
China (South); anthropology of food; consumption; regional cuisines; local speciality foods; urban society and the urban/rural divide; food commodity chains; borderlands; food and environment; food safety and risk; meat-eating and vegetarianism; ethnicity and local identities; socialist and postsocialist societies.
Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology, Head of Department, Research Coordinator (Term 1)
China: Hong Kong and Guangdong Province (PRC) Chinese media, newspapers, television, journalism, popular culture, Internet and telecommunications, theatre, anthropological knowledge, practice and performance
Global interconnectivity, kinship, imaginaries of relatedness and responsibility, anthropology of travel and tourism, social identities, cultural constitution of the self, heritage, migration & diaspora, ethnographic theory and epistemology. Portugal; North America; Portuguese/lusophone and Jewish diasporas; world.
India, especially Tamil Nadu and adivasi western India; caste and religion, dalit politics, vernacular Christianity, environmental history, common property resources, indigenous irrigation, participatory rural development, aid agencies, anthropology of development
The Indian Community in South Africa; Politics and identity in South Africa; African and Asian Communities in Britain; Political and cultural issues in Diaspora Studies; Historical anthropology; Philosophical issues in anthropology.
Gender, Islam and modernity in the Middle East and Europe; Islamic feminism, secular and religious women’s movements in the Middle East, transnational migration and gender; multiculturalism and citizenship; Islam in Europe, globalization; disapora and refugee studies; the Palestine question.
Arabia (Yemen), West Africa (Northern Nigeria and Mali) and England: craft, carpentry and traditional building practices; apprenticeship, learning and cognition; space, place and architecture; theory in anthropology.
Lecturer and professor of African anthropology, SOAS 1964-1996; professor of social anthropology, University of Oxford 1996-2008, emeritus thereafter. Fieldwork in eastern Africa 1966-2002 for a number of years in total, among Luo, Giriama and Swahili-speakers, on Islam, entrepreneurship, political ethnicity, language, material culture, and medical anthropology.
Lecturer, Reader and Professor in SOAS 1967-2004; fieldwork in Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey; published on pastoral nomadism, ethnic and tribal minorities and the state, material cultures, culinary cultures, anthropology of Islam, Iranian Cinema.
South Asia and the UK; anthropology of institutions (including the UK parliament and development NGOs), international development, policy, planning and practice, technology, gender, children's rights, violence and inequality.
Tibet and Southern Italy; History & theory of anthropology; hospitality and strangerhood; economic cosmologies (cosmoeconomics); luck, misfortune, chance and theories of prosperity; comparative ideas of event; gifts, anti-gifts and ideologies of gratuity; kinship and cosmology; witchcraft and mistrust; humour, jokes and deceptive language; sacred mountains; comparative theories of “life” and vitality; imagination; sacrifice and utopia; political economy and value of academic publishing; predatory publishers and academic scams.
South Asia; borders, roads and mobility, space and place, culture and politics, development, South Asia. Assistant Professor in Sociology and Social Anthropology, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India.
Britain, South Asia; cultural dimensions of mental health across nations, suffering, marginalised populations in psychiatric care in London and Chennai, cultural identity of Dalit groups (formerly 'untouchable' caste) in India. Senior Clinical Lecturer, Research Department of Health Sciences, UCL.
Tom Selwyn is a Professorial Research Associate at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology and the London Middle East Institute. He was awarded an Emeritus Professorial Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Foundation in 2014. He is widely published in the field of the anthropology of tourism/pilgrimage with regional interests in Palestine/Israel and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He directed/co-directed four major research and development projects in Palestine and Bosnia-Herzegovina for the European Commission between 1995-2005; founded the MA in the Anthropology of Travel, Tourism, and Pilgrimage at SOAS in 2010; and was awarded the Lucy Mair medal by the Royal Anthropological Institute in 2009. Recent publications include 'The Future of Palestinian Tourism' in Isaac,R., CM Hall, F. Higgins-Desbiolles (eds), 2016, Power and Politics of Tourism in Palestine, London, Routledge; 'Tourism and Sight Prevention' in Andrews, H.(ed) 2016, Tourism and Violence, London, Routledge; 'The Rise and Fall of Orientalism in Travel, Tourism, and Pilgrimage: Report from Palestine/Israel', Tourism, Culture, and Communication, 17, 2017.