Tashi, Kelzang

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Name: Kelzang Tashi

Affiliation: Australian National University

Contact details: kelzang.tashi@anu.edu.au

Statement of interest: Before developing an interest in anthropology, Kelzang Tashi who was born and educated in Bhutan, South Korea and Australia worked as an educator for nearly ten years with the Ministry of Education, Bhutan. He is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology, at the Australian National University and currently working on religious syncretism, transformations, complexities and hybridisations of the pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet and Bhutan—Bon. Since nature and environment is central to  Bon cosmology, he is interested in investigating roles of Bon in addressing climate change in the Himalayas. In general, his research covers religion’s relationship with the environment and ecology, and its contemporary manifestations, particularly in Bhutan. He is the recipient of prestigious Global Korean Scholarships and Fellowships (2011), South Korea and Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships (2016), Australia.

Geographical/topical area of interest: Bhutan and the Himalayas