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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, Media anthropology, Game studies, Anthropology of Religion, Anthropology of Technology

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  • Friday 12-2

I am an anthropologist specialising in religion, play, and technology. I am interested in immersion and experience, and the building of worlds.

My monograph describes how religious prohibitions and techniques of mediation build religious worlds in Orthodox Christian Ethiopia.

I am currently carrying out research on computer games and the design of experience. and I run an experimental anthropological gaming group caled Games for Humans. Sometimes I do game design workshops in UK schools.


The Stranger at the Feast: Prohibition and Mediation in an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Community - University of Califronia Press, 2018

Available to download free and open access

Topics interested in supervising

I am interested in supervising students studying topics related to Ethiopia, religion, anthropology of media and technology, 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