Dr Zazie Bowen

Dr Zazie Bowen

Position: School Visitor
School and/or Centres: School of Archaeology and Anthropology

Email: zazie.bowen@anu.edu.au

Research interests and biography

Extending a pre-academic preoccupation with education in roles that included Pre-school director (inner Melbourne) and education secretary supervising multiple schools and children’s homes (across Sub-Saharan Africa), Dr. Bowen's research examines issues of childhood and education in contemporary rural North India. She investigates the experiences and perspectives of young people from Scheduled Tribe, Scheduled Caste and other rural communities as they negotiate economic and social transformations in rural areas. Patterns of young people’s work and play and methodologies of incorporating children’s perspectives are themes of her work. In 2012 she received her doctorate from the Australian National University for a thesis that explored the peer play of school-aged children in Mayurbhanj, Odisha. Dissatisfied with adopting either of the binary approaches to children’s play: play as socialization; play as transformation, she proposed a model of play as interaction that synthesizes the binary. Other research interests include visual anthropology and film-making, innovations in research methodologies, anthropologies of personhood, and the interplay between communities at a various scales.


Academic Appointments

Assistant Lecturer, Belonging, Identity and Nationalism: Community at a Large Scale,(undergraduate and postgraduate levels) School of Archaeology and Anthropology, The Australian National University, 2013

Course Convener and Lecturer, Culture and Person, (undergraduate and postgraduate levels) School of Archaeology and Anthropology, The Australian National University, 2012



Postdoctoral Fellowship, Research School of Humanities and Arts, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, The Australian National University, 2012

APA scholarship awarded for PhD research (2007-2011)



Beaconhill cultural contractor consultant, 2013

Conference organiser: Childhoods in South Asia: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives, the Australian National University, 2013

Assistant archivist, Marie Reay Collection, Noel Butlin Archives, ANU, 2012

Assistant to the editors, special issue of The Asia Pacific Journal, 2012

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