- PhD (ANU), PG Dip NHFC (Otago), MSc (hons), BSc (Canterbury)
Natasha Fijn is an ethnographic researcher and observational filmmaker based at the ANU Mongolia Institute. With a research team based at the Mongolia Institute, she is researching multispecies Mongolian Medicine, or health and wellbeing across species in Mongolia. She has conducted extensive field research in remote places, including the Khangai Mountains of Mongolia and Arnhem Land in northern Australia, focussing particularly on more-than-human sociality and concepts of domestication. She was awarded a Fejos Fellowship in Ethnographic Film, by the Wenner-Gren Foundation to make a documentary ‘Two Seasons: multispecies medicine in Mongolia’ during 2017. Natasha was a Research Fellow as part of ‘Domestication in the Era of the Anthropocene’ at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Oslo in 2016. Earlier, she held a College of the Arts and Social Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the ANU (2011-2014). This ‘Encountering Animals’ project included the making of a film ‘Yolngu Homeland’ (2015). She has edited two books, the multimedia review section for TAPJA and two themed journal issues, focussing on visual anthropology and observational filmmaking.
Natasha completed her thesis entitled Living with Herds in Mongolia within the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the ANU in 2008. She combined a written thesis with an observational film, entitled Khangai Herds. The focus of this research was on the processes of animal domestication. During her fieldwork in 2005 she lived with two extended herding families and herds of horses, cattle (including yak), sheep and goats in the Khangai mountains of Mongolia. A monograph on this research, ‘Living with Herds: human-animal coexistence in Mongolia’ was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011.