Theresia Hofer

Wellcome Fellow Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Associate Researcher, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

College position:

From 2015-2020, I am carrying out a new research project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, on ‘Tibetan Sign Language and Deaf Identities in the Making: Signing, Embodiment, and the Lives of Deaf People in the Tibet Autonomous Region, China'. For the first time this work investigates the linguistic and social milieu of deaf Tibetans in Lhasa.

My previous projects studied rural primary health care, Tibetan medicine, memories of Communist reforms in Central Tibet, and gender. I've published on Tibet's medical traditions, most recently with the University of Washington Press, the book Medicine and Memory in Tibet: Amchi Physicians in an Age of Reform.

Research Interests: Social & medical anthropology; linguistic anthropology; international development, global health & disability; gender; sign languages and deaf identity; collaborative research methodologies & applied anthropology; oral history & anthropological approaches to memory; museum anthropology; greater Himalayan region & Tibetan areas of China; South & East Asia.