David Geary


BA, Simon Fraser University
MA, Carleton University
PhD, University of British Columbia

Research Interests

  • Religion, Pilgrimage and Diaspora
  • Globalization and Transnationalism
  • UNESCO World Heritage
  • Tourism, Development and Urban Planning
  • Space and Place
  • Buddhism, Modernity and South Asia

Selection of Publications

  • Geary, David (2017). The Rebirth of Bodh Gaya: Buddhism and the making of a World Heritage Site. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press (Global South Asia Series).
  • Geary, David and Sraman Mukherjee (2017). “Buddhism in Contemporary India”. The Oxford Handbook on Contemporary Buddhism. Edited by Michael Jerryson, Oxford University Press. pp. 36-60.
  • Geary, David (2017). "From Bieber to Buddha: 'Friendly Guides' and Cosmopolitanism from Below Bodh Gaya, India." In Cosmopolitanism and Tourism: Rethinking Theory and Practice. Edited by Robert Shepherd. Lexington Books, pp. 97-114.
  • Geary, David and Doug Mason (2016). “Walking in the Valley of the Buddha: Buddhist Revival and Tourism Development in Bihar,” Journal of Global Buddhism, Vol. 17, pp. 57-63 (Photo Essay)
  • Geary, David (2014). “Buddhist circuits and worlding practices in North India”, The Making of Heritage: Seduction and Disenchantment, edited by Camila Del Marmol, Marc A. Morell and Jasper Chalcraft, London: Routledge, pp. 44-58.
  • Geary, David (2014) “Putting the Buddha in Jail: Bodh Gaya Blasts” Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 49, No. 9, March 1, pp. 21-23.
  • Geary, David (2014) “Rebuilding the Navel of the Earth: Buddhist pilgrimage and transnational religious networks,” Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 48, No. 3: 645-692.
  • Geary, David (2013) “The Decline of the Bodh Gaya Math and the Afterlife of Zamindari”, South Asia History and Culture, Vol. 4, No 3: 366-383.
  • Geary, David (2013) “Incredible India in a global age: the cultural politics of image branding in tourism,” Tourist Studies, Vol. 13, No. 1: 36-61.
  • Geary, D., M. R. Sayers and A.S. Amar (eds.) (2012) Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on a Contested Buddhist Site: Bodh Gaya Jataka. London: Routledge South Asian Religion Series.
  • Geary, David (2012) “World Heritage in the shadow of zamindari.” In Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on a Contested Buddhist Site: Bodh Gaya Jataka. Edited by Geary, D., M. R. Sayers and A.S. Amar. London: Routledge.
  • Geary, David (2008) “Destination Enlightenment: branding Buddhism and spiritual tourism in Bodh Gaya, Bihar.” Anthropology Today Vol. 24, No. 3: 11-14. [Including Back Cover Image]

Associations & Professional Appointments

  • Affiliated Research Fellow (Asian Heritage Cluster), International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden 2015
  • Anthropology Faculty Instructor, Antioch Buddhist Studies Program in India, 2012
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, 2010-2012
  • Research Analyst, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Residential Schools Resolution, 2008-2010
  • Member, Association for Asian Studies
  • Member, Association of Critical Heritage Studies
  • Member, American Anthropological Association
  • Member, International Association of Buddhist Studies
  • Member, Canadian Anthropological Society

Teaching Portfolio

  • ANTH 100: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 353: Ethnography of India
  • ANTH 407: Principles of Fieldwork
  • ANTH 416: Anthropology of Tourism
  • ANTH 490H: Debating Globalization

UBC Okanagan Calendar course descriptions are available online.

Last reviewed shim3/28/2018 8:17:11 AM

David Geary Profile

David Geary, PhD
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Community, Culture, and Global Studies
Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
University of British Columbia Okanagan
1147 Research Rd
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

Office: ART 272
Phone: 250.807.8165
Email: david.geary@ubc.ca





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