Dr Holly High

ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award Fellow
Senior Lecturer

A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 6682

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Biographical details

I study desire in everyday politics and economy. Currently, I am conducting an ARC-funded project looking into a “culture village” in the south of Laos. The aim is to track this policy from the village to the capital, Vientiane, as a real world example of how desire operates as decisions about scarce resources are made and contested. The theoretical framework combines psychoanalytic and Deleuzian concepts of desire with ethnographic theory. The aim is to produce a political ethnography of Laos and new conceptual tools for understanding politics and economy. In particular, I aim to examine how desire can be conceptualized and its potentially radical implications for political and economic theory.

Research interests

I am interested in supervising anthropological research projects in the following areas:

  • Laos
  • Economic anthropology
  • Everyday politics
  • Agrarian studies
  • Anthropology of food

Selected grants

2012

  • Desire and the political field: Decision-making and political moralities from culture village to Vientiane, Laos; High H; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).
  • Sovereignty, Development and Regional Implications of Capital-Intensive Hydropower Projects on the Salween River in Burma/Myanmar; Ferguson J, Ferguson J, High H; DVC Research/Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme.

Selected publications

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Books

  • High, H. (2014). Fields of Desire: Poverty and Policy in Laos. Singapore: NUS (National University of Singapore) Press.

Book Chapters

  • High, H. (2014). Miss Beer Lao (Phou Saw Bia Lao). In Joshua Barker, Erik Harms, Johan Lindquist (Eds.), Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity, (pp. 95-97). Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
  • High, H. (2013). Laos in 2012: In the name of democracy. In Daljit Singh (Eds.), Southeast Asian Affairs 2013, (pp. 137-152). Pasir Panjang, Singapore: ISEAS Publishing (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies).
  • High, H. (2011). Poverty and Merit: Mobile Persons in Laos. In Kathleen M. Adams, Kathleen A. Gillogly (Eds.), Everyday Life in Southeast Asia, (pp. 37-46). Bloomington, Indiana, United States: Indiana University Press.
  • High, H. (2010). Laos: Crisis and Resource Contestation. In Daljit Singh (Eds.), Southeast Asian Affairs 2010, (pp. 153-164). Singapore: ISEAS Publishing (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies).
  • High, H. (2009). Dreaming beyond borders: The Thai/Lao borderlands and the mobility of the marginal. In Martin Gainsborough (Eds.), On The Borders of State Power: Frontiers in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region, (pp. 75-100). Abingdon and New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • High, H. (2009). The Spirit of Community: Puta Belief and Communal Sentiments in Southern Laos. In Andrew Walker (Eds.), Tai Lands and Thailand: Community and State in Southeast Asia, (pp. 89-112). Denmark: NIAS Press.

Journals

  • High, H., Curran, J., Robinson, G. (2014). Electronic Records of the Air War Over Southeast Asia: A Database Analysis. Journal of Vietnamese Studies, 8(4), 86-124. [More Information]
  • High, H. (2013). Experimental Consensus: Negotiating with the Irrigating State in the South of Laos. Asian Studies Review, 37(4), 491-508. [More Information]
  • High, H., Petit, P. (2013). Introduction: The study of the state in Laos. Asian Studies Review, 37(4), 417-432. [More Information]
  • High, H. (2012). Anthropology and anarchy: Romance, horror or science fiction? Critique of Anthropology, 32(2), 93-108. [More Information]
  • High, H. (2012). Re-reading the potlatch in a time of crisis: Debt and the distinctions that matter. Social Anthropology, 20(4), 363-379. [More Information]
  • High, H. (2011). Melancholia and anthropology. American Ethnologist, 38(2), 217-233. [More Information]
  • High, H. (2010). Ethnographic exposures: Motivations for donations in the south of Laos (and beyond). American Ethnologist, 37(2), 308-322.
  • High, H. (2009). Complicities and complexities: Provocations from the study of resettlement in Laos. Critical Asian Studies, 41(4), 615-620.
  • High, H. (2009). The road to nowhere? Poverty and policy in the south of Laos. Focaal: European Journal of Anthropology, 53(Spring 2009), 75-88.
  • High, H. (2008). La guerre segretta degli Stati Uniti d’America contro la natura. It paesaggio violent del Laos. I Frutti di Demetra: bollettino di storia e ambiente, 16, 37-48.
  • High, H. (2008). The implications of aspirations: reconsidering resettlement in Laos. Critical Asian Studies, 40(4), 531-550.
  • High, H. (2008). Violent Landscape: Global Explosions and Lao Life-Worlds. Global Environment: A Journal of History and Natural and Social Sciences, 1(1), 58-81.
  • High, H. (2006). "Join Together, Work Together for the Common Good - Solidarity": Village Formation Processes in the Rural South of Laos. Sojourn, 21(1), 22-45.
  • High, H. (2006). Ritualising Residency: Territory Cults and a Sense of Place in Southern Lao PDR. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 7(3), 251-263.

2014

  • High, H., Curran, J., Robinson, G. (2014). Electronic Records of the Air War Over Southeast Asia: A Database Analysis. Journal of Vietnamese Studies, 8(4), 86-124. [More Information]
  • High, H. (2014). Fields of Desire: Poverty and Policy in Laos. Singapore: NUS (National University of Singapore) Press.
  • High, H. (2014). Miss Beer Lao (Phou Saw Bia Lao). In Joshua Barker, Erik Harms, Johan Lindquist (Eds.), Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity, (pp. 95-97). Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

2013

  • High, H. (2013). Experimental Consensus: Negotiating with the Irrigating State in the South of Laos. Asian Studies Review, 37(4), 491-508. [More Information]
  • High, H., Petit, P. (2013). Introduction: The study of the state in Laos. Asian Studies Review, 37(4), 417-432. [More Information]
  • High, H. (2013). Laos in 2012: In the name of democracy. In Daljit Singh (Eds.), Southeast Asian Affairs 2013, (pp. 137-152). Pasir Panjang, Singapore: ISEAS Publishing (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies).

2012

  • High, H. (2012). Anthropology and anarchy: Romance, horror or science fiction? Critique of Anthropology, 32(2), 93-108. [More Information]
  • High, H. (2012). Re-reading the potlatch in a time of crisis: Debt and the distinctions that matter. Social Anthropology, 20(4), 363-379. [More Information]

2011

  • High, H. (2011). Melancholia and anthropology. American Ethnologist, 38(2), 217-233. [More Information]
  • High, H. (2011). Poverty and Merit: Mobile Persons in Laos. In Kathleen M. Adams, Kathleen A. Gillogly (Eds.), Everyday Life in Southeast Asia, (pp. 37-46). Bloomington, Indiana, United States: Indiana University Press.

2010

  • High, H. (2010). Ethnographic exposures: Motivations for donations in the south of Laos (and beyond). American Ethnologist, 37(2), 308-322.
  • High, H. (2010). Laos: Crisis and Resource Contestation. In Daljit Singh (Eds.), Southeast Asian Affairs 2010, (pp. 153-164). Singapore: ISEAS Publishing (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies).

2009

  • High, H. (2009). Complicities and complexities: Provocations from the study of resettlement in Laos. Critical Asian Studies, 41(4), 615-620.
  • High, H. (2009). Dreaming beyond borders: The Thai/Lao borderlands and the mobility of the marginal. In Martin Gainsborough (Eds.), On The Borders of State Power: Frontiers in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region, (pp. 75-100). Abingdon and New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • High, H. (2009). The road to nowhere? Poverty and policy in the south of Laos. Focaal: European Journal of Anthropology, 53(Spring 2009), 75-88.
  • High, H. (2009). The Spirit of Community: Puta Belief and Communal Sentiments in Southern Laos. In Andrew Walker (Eds.), Tai Lands and Thailand: Community and State in Southeast Asia, (pp. 89-112). Denmark: NIAS Press.

2008

  • High, H. (2008). La guerre segretta degli Stati Uniti d’America contro la natura. It paesaggio violent del Laos. I Frutti di Demetra: bollettino di storia e ambiente, 16, 37-48.
  • High, H. (2008). The implications of aspirations: reconsidering resettlement in Laos. Critical Asian Studies, 40(4), 531-550.
  • High, H. (2008). Violent Landscape: Global Explosions and Lao Life-Worlds. Global Environment: A Journal of History and Natural and Social Sciences, 1(1), 58-81.

2006

  • High, H. (2006). "Join Together, Work Together for the Common Good - Solidarity": Village Formation Processes in the Rural South of Laos. Sojourn, 21(1), 22-45.
  • High, H. (2006). Ritualising Residency: Territory Cults and a Sense of Place in Southern Lao PDR. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 7(3), 251-263.

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