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Callum Pearce


Dr. C.J. Pearce
+31 71 527 2191

I am an anthropologist of Tibetan and Himalayan religion, interested in religion in Asia (especially South Asia, Tibet, and the Himalaya), landscape, spirit possession, the anthropology of religion, and the history of Western involvement with Asian religions.

My research focuses on landscape, the role of perception, and the relationship between Tibetan Buddhist ritual authority and local spirits and deities in the Ladakh region of Himalayan India. My approach to these topics is situated within a framework of social phenomenology influenced by medical anthropology, emphasising the social distribution of knowledge and the persistent presence of epistemic uncertainty. I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Ladakh (2013, 2014, and 2019), and I am currently revising my doctoral thesis for publication as a monograph tentatively entitled The Palace and the Night: Spirits and Landscape in Ladakh.

At Leiden, my teaching focuses on the anthropology of religion, religion in South Asia, pilgrimage, and theories of religion.

Curriculum Vitae

PhD in Social Anthropology, University of Aberdeen, UK
MSc in Social Anthropology, University of Oxford, UK
BA in Archaeology, University College London, UK


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • LUCSoR

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 1
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 204c


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