Spain, Himalayas, Western Asia, pastoralism, mobility, environment, media anthropology, video ethnography, infrastructures, tourism, personhood, materiality, religion, embodiment, political economy, heritage, memory, affect
Entered Fall 2016
Augusta Thomson (www.augustaxthomson.com) received her BA in Archaeology and Anthropology at Oxford University. As an undergrad, she led two anthropological research expeditions to Tibet and Mongolia, where she fed a burgeoning interest in the lives and stories of nomadic pastoralists. She is the director of Nine-Story Mountain, a documentary exploring the pilgrimage around Mount Kailash, a sacred mountain in the far west of Tibet; and she is currently working on two multimedia projects-Learning from Lhagva, an observational film about the impact of new media technologies on Mongolian nomadic women- and Crossings, a multimedia project mapping memories along the Camino de Santiago, in Spain. From 2014-2015 she was a Fulbright-Nehru Student Researcher, based in Ladakh, India, where she worked on a self-directed digital museum and documentary research project. She is a freelance journalist and has written for media outlets, such as The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, New Internationalist, Geographical Magazine, Al Jazeera English, Women in the World, and Wellesley Magazine.