Education 2014 PhD in Social Anthropology at the URPP Asia and Europe, University of Zurich

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Department of Anthropology,

University of California, Los Angeles mrest@ucla.edu

Education

2014

PhD in Social Anthropology at the URPP Asia and Europe, University of Zurich 2007

M. A. in Social Anthropology & Organic Agriculture, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna and Department of Agriculture, University of Applied Life Sciences Vienna

Professional Employment

2014 – 2015

Visiting Scholar, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles 2014

Visiting Scholar, Nepā School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Kathmandu 2012 – 2013

Visiting Scholar, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford 2011

Instructor, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Zurich 2009 – 2012

Research Fellow, URPP Asia & Europe, University of Zurich 2009 – present

Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna 2007 - 2008

Graduate Student Instructor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Vienna 2006 – 2007

Junior Assistant to Gertraud Seiser, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna

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Fellowships & Awards

2014 – 2015

Early Postdoc.Mobility fellowship, Swiss National Science Foundation

2014

Travel Grant, Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences 2012 – 2013

Fellowship for prospective researchers, Swiss National Science Foundation 2012

Travel Grant, Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences 2009 – 2012

Research Grant, Humer Foundation for Academic Talent and URPP Asia & Europe of the University of Zurich

2008

Research grant, University of Vienna 2008

Summer grant, Graduate School Asia and Africa in World Reference Systems at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

2007

Merit scholarship, University of Vienna 2006

Research grant, University of Vienna 2006

CEEPUS grant, Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research and Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences

2005

Research grant, South African Wine Industry Trust (with Professor Werner Zips & colleagues) 2004

Travel grant, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Publications

Refereed Articles

Generating Power. Debates on Development around the Nepalese Arun-3 Hydropower Project, in: Contemporary South Asia, 20 (1), 2012, 105–117.

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Book Chapters & Editor-reviewed Articles

„Something we could never have”. Die Südafrikanische Landreform und ihre Auswirkungen am Beispiel des Weinbaus im Western Cape (with Stephan Handl and Severin Lenart), in: Zips, Werner (ed.). To BEE or not to Be. Black Economic Empowerment in der südafrikanischen Weinindustrie. Vienna: Lit, 2008, 233-268.

„Man sieht, dass das die Hände von einem Bauern sind.” Bäuerliche Identität und Ethnizität im post-sozialistischen Polen, in: Austrian Studies in Social Anthropology, 2008 (2).

Essays and Commentaries (selected)

The Politics of Earthquake, in: Daily News and Analysis, 1 May 2015, 8.

http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/column-the-politics-of-earthquake-2082166 Long and Winding, in: The Kathmandu Post, 6 June 2014, 7.

http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post/2014/06/05/related_articles/long-and-winding/263620.html

Mit vollen Hosen ist leicht stinken: Über Höchstleistingen und Windeln, in: Restlos Glücklich, 12 May 2014. http://restlosgluecklich.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/mit-vollen-hosen-ist-leicht-stinken-uber-hochstleistungen-und-windeln

Von einheimischen Geistern und auswärtigen Göttern. Das Arun-3 Wasserkraftprojekt, in: Südasien, 2012 (4), 49-52.

Erkundungen des Infra-Ordinären, in: Paradigmata. Zeitschrift für Menschen und Diskurse. No. 1 (2010), 86-89.

Bedenkliches Gedenken, in: Progress 2008 (1), 14.

„Arbeit macht das Leben süss, so süss wie Maschinenöl,” in: Wege für eine bäuerliche Zukunft. Zeitschrift der via campesina austria, Nr. 302, 2008, 28-29.

Meine Beobachtungen mit einer ungewöhnlichen Gruppe, in: Nikolai, Werner & Henry

Lehmann (eds.) Grenzen der Gedenkstättenpädagogik mit rechten Jugendlichen. Freiburg im Breisgau: Lambertus, 2002, 70-72.

Book reviews

Staudamm oder Leben? Der Widerstand an der Narmada, in: suedasien.info, 2011. http://www.suedasien.info/articles/2984

Online Teaching Material

Grundlagen sozialwissenschaftlicher Denkweisen (with Werner Zips). eLearning Zentrum der Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaften, University of Vienna, 2009.

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Other Media

Denglawengl. 20 min Audio-CD & 7 min video installation, with Michael Gailer & Jan Blaschko, Vienna, 2004

Work in Progress

The amnesiac Bank and its tame Inspector: The domestification of the World Bank Inspection Panel through the cancellation of the Arun-3 Hydropower Project in Nepal. Paper under review at Science as Culture.

Wild & Schön: Vom Krampuslaufen im Salzburger Land (tentative title). Volume co-edited with Gertraud Seiser, Brandstätter Verlag Wien, estimated publication in late 2015.

The Dam that was not there: The Absence of Arun-3, the Work of Waiting and Nepal’s dams to come (tentative title). Book manuscript to be submitted to a publisher.

On Uncles dead or blind: Seven years of tracing an invisible dam in the Arun valley (working title). Essay for La.lit – A Literature Magazine.

Organized Sessions

“High Hydro Visions: Political Ecologies of Water in the Himalayan Region.” Dimensions of Political Ecology, University of Kentucky in Lexington, 26-28 February 2015. Co-organized with Christopher Butler and Amelie Huber.

“Urban Infrastructures.” 113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association,

Washington, DC, 3-7 December 2014.

“Participation and resistance of civil societies in networks around Science, Technology and

Medicine in the Global South.” 6th Living Knowledge Conference, Copenhagen, 8-11 April 2014.

Co-organized with Rachel Douglas-Jones and Salla Sariola.

“Developing control: the reconfiguration of space and the making of development on the ground.” 22nd European Conference for South Asian Studies, University of Lisbon, 25-28 July 2012.

Co-organized with Miriam Bishokarma, Pia Hollenbach and Sebastian Homm. “‘Wild und Schön’ – Maskeraden von Männlichkeit.” 7. Tage der Kultur- und

Sozialanthropologie, University of Vienna, 24-25 May 2012. Co-organized with Gertraud Seiser.

Presentations (selected)

Dreaming of Pipes: The politics of in/visibility around Nepal’s spectral infrastructures. Invited Lecture, Center for India and South Asia, University of California, Los Angeles, 6 April 2015

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The Return of the prodigal Dam: The Resumption of the Arun-3 hydropower project in Nepal. Dimensions of Political Ecology, University of Kentucky in Lexington, 26-28 February 2015. The Reincarnation of the invisible Dam: Resuming Arun-3. Invited Lecture, Martin Chautari, Kathmandu, 10 February 2015.

Dreaming of Pipes: The Melamchi Water Supply Project in Nepal. 113th Annual Meeting of the

American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC, 3-7 December 2014.

The Invisible Dam: The Conception, Cancellation and Uncertain Reincarnation of the Arun-3 Hydropower Project. Invited Lecture, Nepa School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Kathmandu, 27 August 2014.

The Road that took its Time: Nepal’s Kosi-Lhasa Highway along the Arun River. Decennial Conference of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth, Edinburgh, 19-22 June 2014 and Practices of Materiality –  1st Vienna Ethnography Lab,

Vienna, 16-18 July 2014.

Spectres of Water Pipes: Kathmandu’s imagination of a future without water scarcity. Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, Tallinn, 31 July –  3 August 2014.

How to produce an invisible Dam: The collaboration of global civil society and the World Bank in the cancellation of the Arun-3 hydropower project in Nepal. 6th Living Knowledge Conference,

Copenhagen, 8-11 April 2014.

The Amnesiac Bank. The World Bank and the cancellation of the Arun-3 hydropower project in 1995. 11th Nepal Study Day, Edinburgh, 18-19 April 2013.

Dam good Business? India and Nepal’s Arun-3 hydropower project. 111th Annual Meeting of the

American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, 14-18 November 2012. A dam cancelled and reincarnated. The Nepalese Arun-3 hydropower project. 22nd European

Conference for South Asian Studies, Lisbon, 25-28 July 2012.

“The electricity demand of Nepal’s interconnected power system.” India and the Arun-3 hydropower project. Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, Paris, 10-13 July 2012. “The dam that wasn’t there.” Transnationaler Aktivismus, das Weltbank Inspection Panel und der Nicht-Bau des Arun-3 Wasserkraftprojekts in Nepal. Invited Lecture, Department of Ethnology, University of Hamburg, 15 May 2012.

Das Arun-3 Wasserkraftprojekt in Nepal. Spannungen und Widersprüche zwischen Gleichheit und Differenz. Momentum11: Gleichheit, Hallstatt, 27- 30 October 2011.

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Generating Power. Discourses on Development around the Arun-3 Hydropower Project in Nepal. Paper presented at the conference of the British Association for South Asian Studies, University of Southampton, 13 April 2011.

Arrested Development? Discourses on the Arun-3 project. Invited lecture, Project Labour in

Development, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, 31 January 2011 and Faculty of Law, Nepal Law Campus, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, 19 December 2010.

Water Power. The Nepalese Arun 3 Hydropower Project. Invited lecture, Department of Sociology, University of Pune, 27 February 2010.

Globalisation, Migration and the Imaginary among the Yamphu Rai of Eastern Nepal. Summer School “Cultural Translation” at the Graduate School Asia and Africa in World Reference Systems, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, 17 July 2008.

“I money – I farm.” Transformationen und Kontinuitäten in Südostpolen. 3. Tage der Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie, University of Vienna, 27 April 2007.

Denglawengl. Sound-Performance with Michael Gailer & Jan Blaschko on and about sharpening scythes. Conference of the International Society of Ethnobiology, University of Kent at

Canterbury, 14-16 June 2004.

Teaching

Autumn 2013

Instructor (with Professor Elke Mader & Gertraud Seiser), University of Vienna (“The Krampuslauf in the county of Salzburg: performances of the un-human”)

Autumn 2011

Instructor (with Gertraud Seiser), University of Vienna (“The Krampuslauf of the Gastein valley: violence, masculinity, history”)

Spring 2011

Instructor, University of Zurich (“Introduction to Ethnology II”) Spring 2009

Instructor, University of Vienna (“Qualitative Methods”)

Languages

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Other Qualifications (selected)

2009 & 2007

Cheese maker & shepherd at Alp Naustgel, Sumvitg and Alp Bodmi, Habkern, both Switzerland

2005 – 2009

Board Member of Gedenkdienst – Alternative Military Service Abroad – Holocaust Education – European Voluntary Service

2003 – 2008

Member of the editorial board of Progress – Journal of the Austrian National Union of Students 2002 – 2004

Office manager at Gedenkdienst – Alternative Military Service Abroad – Holocaust Education – European Voluntary Service, Vienna

2000 – 2001

Alternative military service abroad at the International Youth Meeting Centre Auschwitz, Poland

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