Cambridge Rivers


Cambridge Rivers: Committee




Alan Macfarlane FBA FRHistS is an anthropologist and historian and a Professor Emeritus of King's College, Cambridge. He is the author or editor of over twenty books and numerous articles on the anthropology and history of England, Nepal, Japan and China. He has focused on comparative study of the origins and nature of the modern world. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Historical Society.


Sir Charles Chadwyck-Healey, Bt, is the President of Cambridge Rivers Project and Founder of Vanishing Worlds Foundation. He is a retired academic publisher; he founded the Chadwyck-Healey Publishing Group in 1973, has been an investor in start-up companies, mainly in IT and biotech and is a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, having been High Sheriff in 2004-5.

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Zilan Wang is a Research Associate of the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge. Her research interests cover the East and South of Asia, particularly China and the Greater Himalayan Area. She works on collections history, material culture, visual anthropology, the practice of cultural and intangible cultural heritage, and the development of museum collections. One particular focus of her research is the history of collecting by European visitors to Asia in the last half of the 19th century and early 20th century.

Zilan is a senior associate of King’s College and Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge.  She is a senior visiting fellow of Boundary and Ocean Studies (CIBOS), Wuhan University, China. 

Sarah Harrison has worked as a Research Associate in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.She has been involved in several multimedia projects, including the Naga Videodisc, and more recently, the elaborate Earl's Colne: Records of an English Village 1375-1854 website.Sarah has made numerous trips to the Gurung village of Thak, in central Nepal, and has catalogued the Thak Archive in preparation for its launch on DVD and online as part of the Digital Himalaya Project.

Dr.Mark Turin is an anthropologist, linguist and occasional radio presenter; an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Chair of the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program and Acting Co-Director of the University’s new Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. He also holds an appointment as Visiting Associate Professor at the Yale School Forestry & Environmental Studies and served as the Founding Program Director of the Yale Himalaya Initiative from 2011-2014. Together with Sienna Craig, he edits Himalaya, the longest running, open access, interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed journal of Himalayan studies.

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Dr Hildegard Diemberger, Fellow of Pembroke College, joined the committee of the Rivers Project in 2015, and is an expert in the Tibetan cultural area and Tibet-Mongolia interface. 

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Dr.Maja Petrovic-Steger, is a social anthropologist, affiliated to the Research Centre of Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. At present she is also a Research Fellow of Independent Social Research Foundation. Her longstanding research interests explores various contexts where bodies – whether living, dead, or in the form of medically usable remains – become the sites of political, legal, economic, scientific and artistic attention.

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Cambridge Rivers: Introduction to Staff

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Vice-Director of Cambridge Rivers Press

Dylan Giles is the Vice Director of the Cambridge Rivers Press and is also the Graphic Designer, responsible for designing the content of educational, academic and illustrated books. This includes typesetting, editing, illustrating and creating design concepts for each publication series. He joins CRP having worked in the Fitzwillliam Museum previously, and works closely with Zilan and Chen Xi on the CRP exhibitions, events coordination, and educational programmes.


Chen Xi  is a published writer, illustrator and comic book artist. She also works closely with Dylan Giles on the publications and art books produced by Cambridge Rivers Press.