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Social Anthropology:


Tom Boylston

Tom Boylston
Dr Tom Boylston
5.03 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EN8 9LD
+44 (0)131 650 3909
Research Interests
Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Anthropology of Christianity, Media anthropology, Game studies

Tom Boylston is an anthropologist specialising in ritual and media in Ethiopia. He is currently developing a new research project on game design across cultures.


2015 - '"And Unto Dust Shalt Thou Return": Death and the Semiotics of Remembrance in an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Village.' Material Religion 11 (3)

2014 – “The ‘orthodoxy’ of Orthodoxy: On moral imperfection, correctness, and deferral in religious worlds.” Co-written with Andreas Bandak, University of Copenhagen. Religion and Society 5.

2013 – “Food, Life, and Material Religion in Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity.” In A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion, eds. Lambek, M. and J. Boddy. Wiley-Blackwell Press.

Online Scholarship

2014 - "What kind of territory? On public religion and space in Ethiopia." The Immanent Frame

2013 - "Orienting the East: Notes on Anthropology and Orthodox Christianities." Anthrocybib

Topics interested in supervising

I am interested in supervising students studying topics related to East Africa, religion, anthropology of media, and anthropology of games and play.

If you are interested in being supervised by Tom Boylston, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Social Anthropology