Harmandeep Kaur Gill


Carlsberg Junior Research Fellow, Linacre College


Faculty / College Address:

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies 





Research interests:

  • Exile and belonging

  • Solitude and community 

  • Old age and death 

  • Care

  • Sensorial scholarship

  • Visual anthropology


My work is based among the Tibetan exile community in India. I have done fieldwork on and written about the Tibetan self-immolations, the Tibetan freedom struggle in exile, and most recently about aging and dying among elderly exiled Tibetans. I attempt to write intimate portraits that move between the personal and the social, the lived and the possible, and the real and the imagined. I take inspiration from phenomenological approaches in anthropology, socially and politically engaged scholarship, and visual forms of expression. 


Current projects:

Fractures and Connections: A Critical Phenomenology of Solitude in Tibetan Exile



  • Accepted. "Nothing is ever lost or forgotten": The Traces of Mo Dickyi Sangmo. Visual Anthropology Review.

  • Accepted/In press. Waiting at the Mountain Pass: Coming to Terms with Solitude, Decline, and Death in Tibetan Exile. Contemporary Ethnography series. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 

  • 2023. [Special Issue]. Writing with Care: Ethnographies from the Margins of Tibet and the Himalayas, edited by Harmandeep K. Gill and Theresia Hofer. HIMALAYA: The Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies: http://journals.ed.ac.uk/himalaya/issue/view/573 

  • 2023. “Old Tibetan Hands.” In Writing with Care: Ethnographies from the Margins of Tibet and the Himalayas, edited by Harmandeep. K. Gill and Theresia Hofer. HIMALAYA: The Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies: http://journals.ed.ac.uk/himalaya/article/view/8858/12153 

  • 2023. "‘Setting off from the Mountain Pass’: Facing Death and Preparing for the Journey Ahead in  Tibetan Exile." In Aspiring in Later Life: Making Selves, Places, Relations Across Locales, edited by M. Amrith, V.K. Sakti, and D. Sampaio. Rutgers University Press.

  • 2022. "Imagining Care: Carers, TV and Touch." In Imagistic Care: Growing Old in a Precarious World, edited by Cheryl Mattingly and Lone Grøn. Fordham Press.

  • 2021. Det forestilte baklandet: Hjem og tilhørighet i alderdom/The Imagined Hinterland: Home and Belonging in Old Age, co-authored with Mette M. Schlutter and Abir Ismail. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift.

  • 2015. Tibetan Self-Immolations: A Sacrifice and the Tibetan Freedom Struggle in Exile, India. Betwixt and Between, University of Oslo.

  • 2015: Knapt en prosent av befolkningen har styrt Kina med jernhånd siden 1949. Aftenposten.

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