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Will Tuladhar-Douglas is a director of Situgyan Consulting, Ltd. He uses ethnographic, ethnobiological, and archival methods to work on a range of problems that link ecological and social diversities, especially in mountain regions. He is also an expert on ancient and modern Buddhism, especially among indigenous Himalayan communities, and connects Buddhist ethics, practice and philosophy to work on conservation of biocultural diversity. See http://tending.to/garden for further details.
August 2018 - September 2019
- Professor (Full)
- Taught courses in ethics, anthropology, and Buddhism. Supervised research in anthropology of food, medicine, religion. Lead for teaching and learning across institution. Built research network linking Indigenous- and women- led universities across Asia
April 2017 - present
Situgyan Consulting Ltd
- Managing Director
- Situgyan Consulting Ltd. is led by values and driven by research. We have decades of experience working with education, NGOs, and Indigenous or local communities.
August 1998 - March 2003
University of Oxford
Field of study
- Asian Studies
This chapter discusses the diversity of concepts and values of ‘nature’. It provides a background to the Western Enlightenment construct of ‘nature’ and examines the ways in which this world- view has historically shaped the designation, management, and governance of protected areas— with particular reference to the perspectives and work of the IUC...
What are the ethical challenges and opportunities for a household where one parent is Indigenous and the other not? This article uses events from one family history to explore how social and political contexts in both the country of Indigenous origin and the country of residence drive research ethics. It argues that research ethics for such parents...
A discussion of Buddhist values and practices as applied to protected areas, with examples from Nepal, Thailand and Taiwan.
Reviewed: Towards Sustainable Livelihoods and Ecosystems in Mountain Regions By Vishvamber Prasad Sati. Springer, 2014. 425 + 201 pp. £ 50.00, US$ 129.00. ISBN 978-3-319-03532-1.
Paper presented at American Anthropological Association 2007; this makes the other side of the argument that was finally published as ‘The Work of Mending’.
Traditional knowledge is influenced by ancestry, inter-cultural diffusion and interaction with the natural environment. It is problematic to assess the contributions of these influences independently because closely related ethnic groups may also be geographically close, exposed to similar environments and able to exchange knowledge readily. Medici...
By considering bickering, gossip and similar artful kinds of talk that reproduce social categories in a central Himalayan town, it is possible to see that participants in such talk collude in constructing a social landscape that grounds the relational distinctions foregrounded in those conversations. Following on from discussions that suggest anthr...
Les Newars, une nation indigène et fortement industrialisée de la vallée de Katmandu au Népal, possèdent un système médicinal complexe. Cette étude prend son origine dans une médicine qui n'a plus cours : une huile dans laquelle ont infusé des microchiroptères. Pour les Newars, les microchiroptères sont devenus rares parce que l'architecture a chan...
Illustrated Atlas of the Himalaya. By David and ZurickPacheco, Julsun and BasantaShrestha, and BajracharyaBirendra. pp. 228. Lexington, University Press of Kentucky, 2006. - Volume 17 Issue 4 - William Tuladhar-Douglas
Will Tuladhar-Douglas sheds new light on an important branch of Mahayana Buddhism and establishes the existence, character and causes of a renaissance of Buddhism in the fifteenth century in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. He provides the basis for the historical study of Newar Buddhism as one distinct tradition among the many that comprise Indic Bu...
Through looking at a specific shrine image, the Red Avalokitesvara of Bungamati in the Kathmandu Valley, this article asks how it is possible for one image to be the locus of several distinct cults. The role of the shrine priests, patrons and the different religious communities that actually perform the worship is considered. These various agents a...
A. Discern, through comparative study of social and ecological processes around sites with striking ritual or cultural significance, (1) *what are the generalisable factors* in the production and maintenance of higher-than-background diversity as measured both through biodiversity indicators (plant diversity) and cultural diversity indicators (e.g., linguistic diversity), and (2) *what factors are locally variable*. B. Develop improved methods for (1) measuring cultural and biocultural diversity (weighting for polyglossia, weighting for indigenous/minority languages, use of inseparably biocultural indicators such as forest medicines), and improved methods for (2) foregrounding local community ontologies in the assessment and documentation of biodiversity. C. Critique and overcome the barriers to the effective study of such sites imposed by neocolonial theories of ‘religion’ and the ‘sacred’, by deploying multiple non-privileged theoretical frames as a locally variable factor.