SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Alice Tilche

BA (SOAS), Msc (Oxford), PhD (SOAS)
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My research combines an interest in the fields of material culture and museum studies, South Asian anthropology, development studies and the politics and cultures of indigeneity.

Focussing on the development of an Adivasi (‘Tribal’) Museum in rural Gujarat, my PhD thesis examined the relationship between ‘art making’ and the making and mobilisation of an Adivasi identity. This research both focussed on the politics of representation taking place within the Museum while using the Museum as a lens to understand broader issues regarding the marginalisation of Adivasis and the particular economic, political and cultural challenges they face. This also included an analysis of the complex transnational networks of actors and institutions that go into the making, expression and performance of ‘Adivasi' customs and identities in contemporary India.


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Regional expertise: Gujarat

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Edited Books or Journal Volumes

Simpson, Edward and Tilche, Alice, eds. (2016) The future of the rural world? India's villages 1950-2015. London: SOAS.

Journal Articles

Tilche, Alice (2015) 'A Forgotten Adivasi Landscape: Museums and Memory in western India.' Contributions to Indian Sociology , 49 (2). (Forthcoming)

Tilche, Alice (2015) 'Pithora in the Time of King, Elephants and Art Dealers: Art and Social Change in Western India.' Visual Anthropology, 28 (1). pp. 1-20.

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