Dr Eileen Walsh

Ph.D. Anthropology (Temple University)
Lecturer

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 6770
Fax +61 2 9351 2319

Biographical details

Eileen Walsh teaches and carries out research in the anthropology of contemporary China, focusing particularly on topics of gender, ethnicity and development, civil society and law in China, tourism and consumption, modernity and nationalism. Her past research in southwest China has looked at tourism as a nexus of globalisation and development. Specifically, her publications describe the transformations which tourism has brought to an ethnic minority group, the Mosuo, and the area in Yunnan Province in which they live, as well as the complex negotiations between various levels of governance, the tourism industry, and locals in managing this area and the changes which tourism has brought. She is currently researching the developing legal professions in China, and the ways in which they bridge the state and the public. Before coming to Sydney, Dr Walsh taught anthropology and China courses at the Institute for Chinese Studies, University of Oxford, as well as in several universities in the United States.

Research interests

  • Socio-cultural anthropology
  • Ethnicity, nationalism and consumption in the PRC
  • Gender and development
  • Legal aid projects in China

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

  • Modernity in Asia (ASNS1602)
  • Introduction to Asian Cultures (ASNS1601)
  • Remaking Chinese History: 1949 – present (ASNS 2618)
  • China and Globalization (ASNS 3619)
  • Citizens and Politics in China Today (ASNS 3617)
  • Popular China (ASNS 3618)

Supervision
Dr Walsh supervises honours and postgraduate research students in both Chinese Studies and Asian Studies. Topics include:

  • Chinese popular culture
  • Tourism and Consumption in China
  • Economic Reform and Development
  • Gender
  • Recent Chinese History and Politics
  • Ethnicity and Nationalism in China

Current projects

Dr Walsh is currently working on a book manuscript, Living the Myth of Matriarchy: Gender, Tourism and the Mosuo, in which she explores who the Mosuo are, how the media has perpetuated myths surrounding them, and what the multiple effects of this have been - on government policy, on civil society, on the on the management of a local economy drastically changing because of tourism, as well as on Mosuo identity and the growing demand for ‘cultural preservation’.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Walsh, E. (2005). Sex "Suggested" and Power Play: Notes on Harassment in the Field. In Bettina Gransow, Pál Nyíri, Shiaw-Chian Fong (Eds.), China: New Faces of Ethnography, (pp. 56-67). Germany: LIT Verlag.

Journals

  • Walsh, E. (2009). Anthropology of China's frontier: From the periphery to the centre. Social Anthropology, 17(1), 109-114. [More Information]
  • Walsh, E. (2005). From Nu Guo to Nu'er Guo: Negotiating Desire in the Land of the Mosuo. Modern China: an international quarterly of history and social science, 31(4), 448-486. [More Information]

2009

  • Walsh, E. (2009). Anthropology of China's frontier: From the periphery to the centre. Social Anthropology, 17(1), 109-114. [More Information]

2005

  • Walsh, E. (2005). From Nu Guo to Nu'er Guo: Negotiating Desire in the Land of the Mosuo. Modern China: an international quarterly of history and social science, 31(4), 448-486. [More Information]
  • Walsh, E. (2005). Sex "Suggested" and Power Play: Notes on Harassment in the Field. In Bettina Gransow, Pál Nyíri, Shiaw-Chian Fong (Eds.), China: New Faces of Ethnography, (pp. 56-67). Germany: LIT Verlag.

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