GEOFFREY GOWLLAND

Geoffrey Gowlland is Research Fellow at the Section of Educational Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland. An anthropologist by training, he is currently involved in ethnographic research among the indigenous people of Taiwan. He is interested in processes of acquisition of material knowledge and skills, and in initiatives of revitalisation of material culture practices and their significance for the political claims of indigenous people. In prior research, he explored the contemporary production of ceramics and issues of learning and development of expertise in China’s ‘Capital of Pottery’ (Dingshuzhen), and in Taiwan’s ceramics production centre of Yingge. He is the author of Reinventing Craft in China (Sean Kingston, 2017); among other publications, he edited a special issue of Visual Anthropology on the documentation of craftwork (Imaging/imagining Craftwork, 2015). He has curated exhibitions at the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo.