Dr Ivan Tacey

EASE Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Anthrozoology)

North Cloisters Club Alley

My research examines ontological fluidity, connections and ruptures. My doctoral studies among the Batek and Manya’ of Peninsular Malaysia explored how globalization, environmental change and marginalization have led to realignments of these indigenous peoples’ animistic practices and beliefs, claims to places and relations with non-human persons (animals and spirits). I am particular interested in rethinking anthropological concepts such as animism, connectivity, sociality and ontology. I am specialised in the study of non-state peoples, particularly hunter-gather-collectors, the anthropology of Southeast Asia, animism and globalisation. Other research interests include: intersubjective transspecies interactions in shamanism and everyday life; wildlife trafficking; and, representations of indigenous peoples and ‘wildness’ in the colonial imagination. I have studied anthropology in the UK, France and Finland and was a research associate in Malaysia. Prior to moving back to the UK in 2016, I was based in France for sixteen years where I lectured in anthropology, sociology, cultural studies and languages at different universities in the Lyon area. Since joining the University of Exeter, I have taught on the anthropology undergraduate programme and been an active member of the Exeter Anthrozoology and Symbiotic Ethics (EASE) Working Group. Within EASE I have worked as part of an interdisciplinary project called 'Tails from the Streets' which is concerned with documenting and understanding the lives of former stray dogs in Romania. I have been on the executive board of the International Society for Academic Research on Shamanism (ISARS) and on the editorial board for ISARS journal ‘Shaman’ since 2016.


(2018) Tacey, Ivan. 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

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 (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 & 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

Forthcoming Publications

Tacey, Ivan (awaiting submission) Rearranging Cosmic Relations: Cosmopolitics in the Anthropocene. In Pamela Stewart, Andrew Strathern, Davide Torri, Diana Riboli (eds.) Dealing with Disaster: Perspectives from Eco-Cosmologies. Palgrave Macmillan Publishers

Tacey, Ivan (in prep). Poaching Tigers and Man-Tigers: the effects of species loss on Batek ontology in the age of the Anthropocene. In Hardwick, Patricia & Made Hood (eds.) The Animal Within: Exploring Ecologies of Human and Animal Relations in the Performing Arts of Southeast Asia. To be published by NUS Press in 2019.

Tacey, Ivan (in prep). Some Complexities of Ethical Multispecies Research: working with indigenous peoples and animals. In Samantha Hurn (ed.) “Handbook of Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics”. To be published by Routledge in 2020.

Tacey, Ivan. (in prep). Shifting Subjectivities through Human-Animal Regimes of Sociality. In Samantha Hurn (ed.) “Tails from the Street: Kinship with dogs and the politics of canine identity”. To be published by Routledge in 2020.

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