The Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria is a group that promotes the study of archaeology, anthropology, ethno-archaeology and ethno-history in both Australia and further abroad. Lectures, from a range of talented presenters, are held every third Thursday of the month at 6:30pm at the Kathleen Syme Library & Community Centre (251 Faraday St, Carlton), and are also accessible online via Zoom.

Next Lecture: 6.30pm Thursday 18th of April, 2024

Change and continuity among nomads of eastern Tibet

Presented by Dr Gillian G. Tan,
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, Deakin University

This talk focuses on how Tibetan nomads from the historical region of Kham have engaged with changes that have occurred—and are continually occurring—in their lives, culture, and society. It draws from both the speaker’s decade-long ethnographic experience living with Tibetan nomads and the wide range of scholarly material on Tibet. It aims to make more complex the often-simplified portrayals of Tibetan culture and society while offering a different perspective on human-environment interactions on the Tibetan plateau.

Gillian G. Tan is an anthropologist based at Deakin University. Her research interests include contemporary social and environmental changes on the Tibetan plateau; human-nonhuman relationships for Tibetan nomads; and theoretical and practical intersections between ecology and religiosity. She is currently part of an ARC Discovery Project on a multidisciplinary investigation of the Brahmaputra and Yangzi rivers that will produce a deep environmental history of waterways in the Asian Highlands amidst planetary climate change.

Relevant publications:
2022. Human-nonhuman relations in the making of place in Kham. In Wouters, J. & M. Heneise (eds). Routledge Handbook of Highland Asia. Routledge.

2020. Smoky relations: beyond a dichotomy of substance on the Tibetan plateau. In Schorch, P., M. Saxer, and M. Elders (eds). Exploring Materiality and Connectivity in Anthropology and Beyond. London: University College London Press.

2018. Pastures of Change: Contemporary Adaptations and Transformations among Nomadic Pastoralists of Eastern Tibet. Geneva: Springer Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation.

2016. In the Circle of White Stones: Moving through Seasons with Nomads of Eastern Tibet. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

Upcoming Lecture: 6.30pm Thursday 16 May 2024

Encountering ancient lives by visualising the structures and decoration of death: Photogrammetry in the tombs of Dra Abu el-Naga

Presented by Dr Christopher Davey
Executive Director, Australian Institute of Archaeology

The Macquarie University Theban Tombs Project has worked for thirty years in the Theban Necropolis. Christopher Davey has been a member of the team for ten years. The seminar will consider the origins of tomb decoration recording in Egypt and the reasons for doing such work. After introducing the Theban Tomb Project at Dra Abu el-Naga, the recent season that involved the application of photogrammetry to record and visualise two tombs will be described, and the results discussed.

Christopher Davey is the Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Archaeology and an Honorary Fellow of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne. He has been a member of the AASV since 1977. Prior to studying archaeology and ancient languages at the universities of Cambridge and London, he worked in the resource industry where for a time he was an underground mine surveyor. He first excavated in Egypt in 1976.


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