Dr Ivan Tacey
School of Humanities and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)
I am a lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Plymouth and lead the following modules:
Understanding the Body (ANTH405).
From Oral Life Histories to Participant Observation; Applying Anthropological Methods (ANTH502).
My main research interests include hunter-gatherers, animism, shamanism, human-animal relations, place making, peacability and violence. My doctoral research with the Batek and Manya’ hunter-gatherers of Peninsular Malaysia explored how interconnectivity, environmental change and socio-political marginalization have led to realignments of these indigenous peoples’ animistic practices and beliefs, claims to places and relations with non-human persons.
I obtained my BSc in Anthropology from the University of East London in 1998, and an MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Lyon in 2008, I completed my Doctorate in Socio-Cultural Anthropology at the University of Helsinki in Finland in 2019 and was awarded a distinction (a prestige only granted to a maximum of 15% of candidates). My doctoral research was funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation in New York, the Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland and the Ella and Georg Ehrnrooth foundation, Finland.
I have lectured in anthropology, sociology, cultural studies and anthrozoology at various universities in both France and the UK. As a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Exeter, I taught Theorising the Everyday World (ANT1004) on the undergraduate Anthropology programme and the following modules on the MA in Anthrozoology: Anthrozoology: Theory and Method (ANTM102), Applied Anthrozoology (ANTM103), Humans and Wildlife: Conflict and Conservation (ANTM105) and Animal Criminology (ANTM109). At the University of Exeter, I was a researcher with the Exeter Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics Working Group - an interdisciplinary group of academics whose research aimed to improve the lives of animals.
At the University of Lyon in France, I lectured on several undergraduate anthropology courses including: Methods in ethnographic fieldwork, Anthropological Theory and Cultural Diversity, Anthropology of Nature and Health and Introduction to Anthropology. At the Masters level, I delivered lectures in Sensorial and Environmental Anthropology and Sociology, Representation and Nationalism and Everyday Culture and Ethnicity.
I have given talks about animism, hunter-gatherers and a host of other subjects in universities across the world and have published extensively. Alongside my work as a socio-cultural anthropologist, I frequently collaborate with biological anthropologists and cultural ecologists. I also have a history of partnerships with international researchers, artists and ethnographic museums. I have made a short documentary film about Batek tree-climbing practices for National Geographic and acted as a consultant for numerous NGOs, filmmakers and museums.
Since 2016, I have been on the executive board of the International Society for Academic Research on Shamanism (ISARS) and an editor for its journal Shaman.
Since 2017, I have been a member of the Exeter Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics Working Group.
Venkataraman, Vivek V., Yegian, Andrew, Wallace, Ian, Holowka, Nicholas, Ivan Tacey, Gurven, Michael and Thomas, Kraft (2018). Locomotor constraints favor the evolution of the human pygmy phenotype in tropical rainforests. Proceedings of the Royal Society B (Biological Sciences). https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2018.1492
Kraft, Thomas S., Vivek V. Venkataraman, Ivan Tacey, Nathaniel J. Dominy, and Kirk M. Endicott (2018). Foraging performance, prosociality, and kin support do not predict lifetime reproductive success in Batek hunter-gatherers. Human Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12110-018-9334-2
Tacey, Ivan & Riboli, Diana (2014). Violence, Fear and Anti-Violence: the Batek of Peninsular Malaysia. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 6:4, 203-215. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JACPR-03-2014-0114
Riboli, Diana. & Tacey, Ivan (2014). Emplaced, Embodied, Multi-Sited, Collaborative Ethnography in Peninsular Malaysia. Manusia & Masyarakat (Man and Society), 24, 1–20.
Tacey, Ivan (2013). Tropes of Fear: the impacts of globalization on Batek religious landscapes. Religions Online Journal, Special Issue: Religion and Globalization, 4:2: 240-266. http://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/4/2/240
Tacey, Ivan (2018). Animism and Interconnectivity: Batek and Manya’ Life on the Periphery of the Malaysian Rainforest (monograph), Helsinki, Research Series in Anthropology, University of Helsinki Press. https://helda.helsinki.fi/handle/10138/265101
Tacey, Ivan (2019). Walking with Tigers (illustrated ethnography), Subang Jaya, Malaysia, COAC (under contract, in preparation).
Tacey, Ivan (2019). Rearranging Cosmic Relations: Cosmopolitics in the Anthropocene. In Stewart, Pamela J., Andrew Strathern, Diana Riboli, and Davide Torri (eds.) “Dealing with Disasters -- Perspectives from Eco-Cosmologies”. London, Palgrave Macmillan (under contract, in preparation).
Tacey, Ivan (2019). Some Complexities of Ethical Multispecies Research: working with indigenous peoples and animals. In Samantha Hurn (ed.) “Handbook of Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics”. London, Routledge (under contract, in preparation).
Tacey, Ivan (2016). Transnational Shamanism: Batek religious change as a result of marginalization and globalization. In Kirk Endicott (ed.) “Malaysia’s ‘Original People’: Past, Present and Future of the Orang Asli”. Singapore, National University of Singapore Press, pp377-402.Tacey, Ivan (2013). Entangled interests and unsustainable developments in Southeast Asian forests. In Cassel, Muriel & Stephanie Bory (eds.) “Green Growth: From Theory to Action, From Practice to Power”. Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp.113–136.
Hurn, Samantha., Rice, Tom., Badman-King, Alex., North, Steve., Eason, Fenella., Groling, Jessica., Tacey, Ivan. & Calvert, Chris. (2018). Exeter Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics (EASE) working group's written evidence to the UK government's Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) commons select committee - pre-legislative scrutiny on the UK's Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill (draft dated 12 December 2017). University of Exeter. http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1169591
Tacey, Ivan (2012). ‘Identity, children and knowledge among the Orang Asli: an ethnographic study of the Kelantan Batek’. Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister’s Department. Malaysia / University of Malaya, Malaysia.
Reports & invited lectures
7-8 Nov 2019, Tacey, Ivan. “Animism as politics: Batek responses to the extractivist industry in Peninsula Malaysia.” Conference: Current Directions in Hunter Gatherer Research. University College London, UK.
01-13 September 2019, Tacey, Ivan. “Unbounded Flows, Life, Death and Destruction in a Malaysian Rainforest.” European Association for Southeast Asian Studies Annual Conference (EUROSEAS 2019). Panel: ‘Boundaries within the Flow: The Shape of Life in Southeast Asian Cosmologies’. Convened by Guido Sprenger and Monica Janowski. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
02-05 July 2018, Tacey, Ivan. “Tigers are people too! The effects of forest loss and international poaching on relations between Bateks and keystone species in Malaysia.” 27th International conference of the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ 2018): 'Animals in Our Lives: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Human–Animal Interactions'. Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney, Australia.
02-05 July 2018, Tacey, Ivan. “Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics: Reflections from Anthropology and Indigenous Rights. 27th International conference of the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ 2018): 'Animals in Our Lives: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Human–Animal Interactions'. Symposium 10: 'Anthrozoology as symbiotic ethics, and the ethics of anthrozoological research'. Convened by Professor Samantha Hurn and Dr Alexander Badman-King. Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney, Australia.
27-28 April 2017, Tacey, Ivan “Rearranging Cosmic Relations: Cosmopolitics in the Anthropocence”. International Conference on Shamanism and Eco-Cosmology, Panteio University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens, Greece.
28 October 2016, Tacey, Ivan “Interconnectivity and Animism.” Panel: Community experiences of environmental and social transformations, The 3rd Annual Conference for the Doctoral Programme in Political, Societal and Regional Change and the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland.
16 April 2016, Thomas Kraft, Vivek Venkataraman, Ivan Tacey, Aya Kawai & Kirk Endicott “Delayed reciprocity in sharing networks of Batek hunter-gatherers in Peninsular Malaysia.” Session 42: Human Biology: Growth, Reproduction and Adaptation, The 85th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Atlanta, USA.
21-22 October 2015, Tacey, Ivan & Thomas Overly “Structural and Environmental Violence and the Batek Tanum of Peninsular Malaysia.” Panel: “Sacred Landscapes”, Biennial Conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society 2015: Landscapes, sociality and materiality, Helsinki, Finland.
09-13 October 2015, Tacey, Ivan “Landscapes of Terror: Conflicts, Shamans and Sacred Sites.” Panel: “Reshaping Sacred Spaces and Emotional Trajectories”, Biannual Conference for the International Society for Academic Research on Shamanism, Delphi, Greece.
07-11 September 2015, Tacey, Ivan “Shamans, Bulldozers and Tsunamis: Batek Religion in a Global World.” Panel: “Conflict and Resilience in Hunter-Gatherer Religions”, 11th Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies, Vienna, Austria.
07-11 September 2015, Thomas Kraft, Vivek Venkataraman, Ivan Tacey, Aya Kawai & Kirk Endicott “Determinants of reproductive success in Batek hunter-gatherers in Peninsular Malaysia”. Panel: “Hunter-gatherers Behavioural Ecology & Evolutionary Modelling”, 11th Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies, Vienna, Austria.
05-07 June 2015, Diana Riboli & Ivan Tacey “Vanishing Forests: Sacred Topography and Change among the Batek and Jahai of Malaysia”. Panel: “Sacred Landscapes”, International Interdisciplinary Conference: Movements, Narratives and Landscapes, University of Zadar, Croatia.
27 March 2015, Thomas Kraft, Vivek Venkataraman, Ivan Tacey, Aya Kawai & Kirk Endicott “Determinants of reproductive success in Batek hunter-gatherers in Peninsular Malaysia.” The 85th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists: St Louis, USA.
26-28 Feb 2015, Lim Teck Wyn, Ivan Tacey, Ashleigh Seow, Kamal Solhaimi “Traditional Exploitation of Flora and Fauna and Contemporary Control of Encroachment in Taman Negara National Park, Peninsular Malaysia”. Beyond enforcement: Communities, governance, incentives and sustainable use in combating wildlife crime, symposium organised by IUCN, Muldersdrift, South Africa.
03-07 December 2014: Tacey, Ivan “Bloody stenches, sweet smells, and soul journeys: ritual and shamanism among the Batek of Malaysia.” Panel: “Assemblages, Ontologies, and Nonhuman Others: Re-theorizing Southeast Asian Rituals”, 113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association: Producing Anthropology, Washington, USA.
10-11 June 2014: Tacey, Ivan & Thomas Overly “The effects of development on Batek sacred sites”, Orang Asli Symposium 2014, Keene State College, New Hampshire, USA.
10-11 June 2014: Thomas Kraft, Vivek Venkataraman, Kirk M. Endicott, Ivan Tacey & Diana Riboli “Subsistence and sexual division of labor among the Batek: past and present compared", Orang Asli Symposium 2014, Keene State College, New Hampshire, USA.
25-28 June 2013: Tacey, Ivan “State Violence and Batek Topophobia in Peninsular Malaysia.” 10th Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies, Liverpool, UK.
21-24 March 2013: Tacey, Ivan “Holding it together: Batek reactions to environmental, religious and social changes in 21st century Peninsular Malaysia.” Panel: “Malaysia’s ‘Original People’: Recent Research on the Orang Asli of Peninsular Malaysia: Papers in Honor of Geoffrey Benjamin and Robert K. Dentan”, 2013 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, San Diego, California, (USA).