I am a social anthropologist trained at Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany (PhD) and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland (MA hons). I research contemporary Buddhism in Siberia and I lived in Ulan-Ude (the Republic of Buryatia in Russia) for a year, conducting ethnographic fieldwork there.
Social anthropology is a field that explores how societies live and change and how humans make sense of their lives. To do this, we study a particular place or community in depth, living with them and learning from them over a long period of time.
I am especially interested in political and economic anthropology as well as the study of religion, tracing the poetics and politics of Buddhism in Siberia historically and today. Among my research topics are urban religion, divination, rituals, religious social engagement, practices of giving, and various socio-political imaginaries, and I have worked and presented my research in universities and conferences worldwide from Cambridge to Washington DC. I have taught courses on the anthropology of Buddhism, the state, and religion in Germany and Lithuania and I am happy to chat about these topics, anthropology in general, fieldwork, academia, or any of the related topics.