Michael D. Fischer

Michael D. Fischer is an anthropologist who has worked mainly in the Punjab and Swat in Pakistan, and the Cook Islands, but has field experience on all continents other than Antarctica. His major interests are in the representation and structure of indigenous knowledge, cultural informatics, invention, and the impact of mobile communications on social networks and agency.

Fischer is Professor of Anthropological Sciences in the School of Anthropology and Conservation, the University of Kent and is currently Director of HRAF Advanced Research Centres, Human Relations Area Files (HRAF), Yale University and the Vice-president of HRAF.

Email address: M.D.Fischer@kent.ac.uk

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University of Kent at Canterbury, CT2 7NR, United Kingdom, Tele: +44 1227 823144/823942 FAX : +44 1227 827289


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I have received grants from the ESRC, AHRB, SERC, MRC, HEFCE, JISC, Leverhulme and Nuffield, on topics including ethnography of Pakistan and the Cook Islands, formal analysis, multi-media databases, coding methods, virtual reality, performance and large scale networked databases, historical anthropology and textual markup

Recent grants include:

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