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Hjorleifur Jonsson

HJonsson@asu.edu

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Bio

Associate Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

SHESC Themes: Culture, Heritage and Identity; Global Dynamics and Regional Interactions

Field Specializations: Ethnicity, Ethnohistory, Globalization, Identity and Differentiation, Land Use, Political Organization, Social Organization, Sports, Sociocultural Anthropology

Regional Focus: Asia, USA

Mien Sports & Heritage Film

Education

Ph.D., Cornell University

Bio

Research:
Hjorleifur Jonsson has focused his research on hinterland farming populations in mainland Southeast Asia. His work has concerned the dynamics of identity, cultural practice and social life at the intersections of minority communities and state structures. The focus of his work has ranged among regional history and contemporary identity work and political protest. Most of his research has been among Mien people in Thailand (since 1990), but he has also done research in Cambodia and Vietnam, and (since 2005) among Iu Mien in the US who are refugee immigrants from Laos.

Jonsson's current work concerns contemporary identity work that has multiple and complex relations to history and repeatedly jumps scales among the local, the national and the transnational—through festivals, sports, publications, interactive and other media, travel, music, religious practice and livelihood.

Jonsson has done a video documentary on a festival of sports and culture that brought together representatives of Mien from all over Thailand (see Mien Sports & Heritage Film link above). His writings include the books Mien Relations: Mountain People and State Control in Thailand (2005), and Contests in Contexts: Readings in the Anthropology of Sports (with Jaime Holthuysen, 2011).

Publications

Jonsson, H. Slow Anthropology: Negotiating Difference with the Iu Mien. Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications, 2014 (in press)

Jonsson, H. and J. Holthuysen (eds., 2011) Contests in Contexts: Readings in the Anthropology of Sports. Dubuque: Kendall Hunt.

Jonsson, H. (2005). Mien relations: Mountain people and the state control in Thailand. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Jonsson, H. (2010) Above and Beyond: Zomia and the Ethnographic Challenge of/for Regional History. History and Anthropology 21: 191-212.

Jonsson, H. (2010) Mimetic Minorities: National Identity and Desire on Thailand's Fringe. Identities 17: 108-30.

Jonsson, H. (2009) War's Ontogeny: Militias and Ethnic Boundaries in Laos and Exile. Southeast Asian Studies 47: 125-49.

Research Interests

Ethnographic representation, identity, state-minority relations, sports, history, Southeast Asia, Iu Mien, the anthropology of anthropology

Courses

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 102 Culture in a Globalizing World
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 541 Theory in Sociocultural Anthro
ASB 580 Practicum
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 252 Anthropology of Sports
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 580 Practicum
ASB 584 Internship
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation

Summer 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 799 Dissertation

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 412 History of Anthropology
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 591 Seminar
ASB 592 Research
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 252 Anthropology of Sports
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation

Summer 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 799 Dissertation

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 412 History of Anthropology
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 591 Seminar
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 252 Anthropology of Sports
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation

Spring 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 541 Theory in Sociocultural Anthro
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation

Fall 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 252 Anthropology of Sports
ASB 325 Peoples of Southeast Asia
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation

Summer 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 799 Dissertation

Spring 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 591 Seminar
ASB 799 Dissertation
ASM 799 Dissertation

Fall 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 252 Anthropology of Sports
ASB 591 Seminar
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Hjorleifur Jonsson and Sudarat Musikawong. National diversity Cold War in Thai film: Revisiting Khunawut’s Khon Phu Khao [in Thai]. Thai Film Journal // Warasan Nang Thai (2013).

  2. Hjorkeifur Jonsson. Cracking up an alligator: Ethnography, Juan Downey's video, and irony. Journal of Surrealism and the Americas (2012).

  3. Hjorleifur Jonsson. Manikin-ship: Value-added relatedness in Vietnamese museums, 1996-2005.. The Australian Journal of Anthropology (2012).

  4. Hjorleifur Jonsson. Paths to Freedom: Political Prospecting in the Ethnographic Record. Critique of Anthropology (2012).

  5. Hjorleifur Jonsson. Ethnology and the Issue of Human Diversity in Mainland Southeast Asia.. Pacific Linguistics (2011).

  6. Edited book: Hjorleifur Jonsson and Jaime Holthuysen, eds. Contests in Contexts: Readings in the Anthropology of Sports. Kendall Hunt (2011).

  7. Book chapter: Hjorleifur Jonsson. Recording Tradition and Measuring Progress in the Ethnic Minority Highlands of Thailand. Everyday Life in Southeast Asia. Indiana University Press (2011).

  8. Book chapter: Jaime Holthuysen and Hjorleifur Jonsson. Anthropology in Sports: Introduction. Contests in Contexts: Readings in the Anthropology of Sports. Kendall Hunt (2011).

  9. Hjorleifur Jonsson. States lie, and stories are tools: Following up on Zomia. Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land-, en Volkenkunde (2011).

  10. Hjorleifur Jonsson. Above and Beyond: Zomia and the Ethnographic Challenge of/for Regional History. History and Anthropology (2010).

  11. Hjorleifur Jonsson. Mimetic Minorities: National Identity and Desire on Thailand's Fringe. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power (2010).

  12. Review of: Bush Wives and Girl Soldiers: Women's Lives Through War and Peace in Sierra Leone. PoLAR, Political and Legal Anthropology Review (2010).

  13. Review of: Knowing How to Know: Fieldwork and the Ethnographic Present. Journal of Anthropological Research (2010).

  14. Review of: Museums in Postcolonial Europe. Ethnic and Racial Studies (2010).

  15. Hjorleifur Jonsson. War's Ontogeny: Militias and Ethnic Boundaries in Laos and Exile. Southeast Asian Studies (Kyoto) (2009).

  16. Review of: Living in a Globalized World: Ethnic Minorities in the Greater Mekong Subregion. Journal of the Siam Society (2008).

  17. Review of: Multiculturalism in Asia. Journal of Asian Studies (2007).

  18. Review of: Property and Politics in Sabah, Malaysia: Native Struggles over Land Rights. Agricultural History (2007).

  19. Jonsson, Hjorleifur Rafn. Mien Relations: Mountain People and State Control in Thailand. Silkworm (Chiangmai, Thailand) (2006).

  20. Hjorleifur Jonsson. Getur madur tekid jolasveina alvarlega?. www.hugsandi.is (2005).

  21. Hjorleifur Jonsson. Unplanned Encounters in Kyoto. Newsletter, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University (2005).

  22. Jonsson, Hjorleifur Rafn. Mien Relations: Mountain People and State Control in Thailand. Cornell University Press (2005).

  23. Jonsson, Hjorleifur Rafn. Mien Relations: Mountain Peoples, Ethnography, and State Control. Cornell University Press (2005).

  24. Review of: Ethnicity in Asia. Asian Ethnicity (2005).

  25. Book chapter: Jonsson, Hjorleifur Rafn (Author) . Presentable Ethnicity: Constituting Mien in Contemporary Thailand. Dislocating Nation-States: Globalization in Asia and Africa. Kyoto University Press, Kyoto, Japan; and Trans Pacific Press, Melbourne, Australia (2005).

  26. Hjorleifur Jonsson. Mien Alter-Natives in Thai Modernity. Anthropological Quarterly (2004).

  27. Book chapter: The Society of Siam: Selected Articles for the Siam Society's Centenniary. Bangkok: The Siam Society (2004).

  28. Hjorleifur Jonsson. Mien Through Sports and Culture: Mobilizing Minority Identity in Thailand. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology (2003).

  29. Hjorleifur Jonsson. Rosy Cheeks in the Library. Suvannabhumi: Newsletter of the Program for S.E. Asian Studies, ASU (2003).

  30. Review of: Review of Redefining Nature. Journal of the Siam Society (2003).

  31. Review of: Where China Meets Southeast Asia. Journal of Asian Studies (2003).

  32. Book chapter: Jonsson, Hjorleifur Rafn (Author) . Pedestrian Politics: The Social Focus of Founders, Migration, and Ritual. Founders' Cults in Southeast Asia (2003).

  33. Book chapter: Jonsson, Hjorleifur Rafn (Author) ,Taylor, Nora A (Author) . National Colors: Ethnic Minorities in Vietnamese Public Imagery. Re-Orienting Fashion: The Globalization of Asian Dress (2003).

  34. Jonsson, Hjorleifur. A Regional Approach to Thailand: Reflections on the Writings of A. Thomas Kirsch. Journal of the Siam Society (2003).

  35. Jonsson, Hjorleifur. Encyclopedic Yao in Thailand. Asian Ethnicity (2003).

  36. Drake Bennett. The Mystery of Zomia. Boston Globe, Ideas Section

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Presentations

  1. Hjorleifur Jonsson Ach Zo: The periodic table of the social elements, as seen from the trenches of long-term research in cultural anthropology. Frontier Frictions. Workshop at Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany. (Nov 2013).
  2. Hjorleifur Jonsson Mistaking clouds for mountains in Asian Studies? Stretching the anthropological project from 20 to 20,000 years. Asian Studies lecture, University of Iceland. (Nov 2013).
  3. Hjorleifur Jonsson Community and Identity among Iu Mien Refugee Immigrants from Laos. Critical Ethnic Studies annual conference, Chicago IL. (Sep 2013).
  4. Hjorleifur Jonsson Revisiting the Objects of Ethnography. Seminar on Politics and Culture in Southeast Asia. (Mar 2013).
  5. Hjorleifur Jonsson Above and beyond the state? Anthropology, History, and the Asian hinterlands. Faculty seminar, Anthropology and Asian Studies, Brigham Young University. (Feb 2013).
  6. Hjorleifur Jonsson Revisiting the Peoples of Southeast Asia, or Scott vs. Scott. Lecture, Departments of Anthropology and Asian Studies, Brigham Young University. (Feb 2013).
  7. Hjorleifur Jonsson and Sudarat Musikawong Where are the Mountain Peoples? On ethnicity and difference in Thai fiction film and documentaries. Colloquia, Research Center on Ethnicity and Development, Chiangmai University, Thailand. (Jun 2012).
  8. Hjorleifur Jonsson and Sudarat Musikawong Reading Khon-phu-khao from an anthropological perspective: On ethnicity and difference in Thai film. Colloquia, Sirindhorn Anthropology Center, Bangkok, Thailand. (Jun 2012).
  9. HJorleifur Jonsson Ethnic minority sports and the making of the Thai, ca. 2005. Association for Asian Studies, annual conference. (Mar 2012).
  10. Hjorleifur Jonsson Is there Freedom in the Hills? A Critical Discussion of James C. Scott’s The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia.. Colloquium, Center for Asian Research, ASU. (Dec 2011).
  11. Hjorleifur Jonsson Cracking up an alligator: Anthropology, video, and irony.. ASU Art Museum lecture. (Nov 2011).
  12. Hjorleifur Jonsson Transnational Lao Iu Mien from Laos, Scholarly Displacement, and the Ritual Fashioning of Home and Away. Workshop on Transnational Religion, Missionization, and Refugee Migrants in Comparative Perspective.. (Oct 2011).
  13. Hjorleifur Jonsson Wartime Identities and National Scholarly Frameworks: Northern Laos and the Long 1970s.. Lecture series, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Mar 2011).
  14. Hjorleifur Jonsson Zomia as an historical Smartbomb. Conference on Hmong in Comparative Perspective, University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Mar 2011).
  15. Hjorleifur Jonsson Southeast Asian Ethnology and the Ethics of Representation. Workshop on Radically Envisioning a Different Southeast Asia From a Non-State Perspective. (Jan 2011).
  16. Hjorleifur Jonsson Post-Revolutionary Ethnic Militias, Genuine and Spurious. Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association. (Nov 2010).
  17. Hjorleifur Jonsson Panel Introduction, Researching Gender in a Post-Feminist Era. Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, New Orleans. (Nov 2010).
  18. Hjorleifur Jonsson panel on Ethno-nationalism in Post-Socialist Asia. Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, New Orleans. (Nov 2010).
  19. Hjorleifur Jonsson Ethnographic Prospecting in Upland Southeast Asia: Paths to Freedom. Workshop on A Critical Anthropology of Anarchy. Dept of Social Anthropology, Cambridge University. (Sep 2010).
  20. Hjorleifur Jonsson A View to a Hill: Animist Reactions to Modernity, Capitalism, and the State. Annual Meetings of the Association for Asian Studies, Philadelphia. (Mar 2010).
  21. Hjorleifur Jonsson Zomia and the Ethnographic Challenge of/for Southeast Asian Diversity. Writing Radically Different Southeast Asian History, Kyoto University. (Feb 2010).
  22. Hjorleifur Jonsson Ethnography, Mimesis, and the Peoples of Southeast Asia. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for SEAsian Studies Colloquium. (Jan 2010).
  23. Hjorleifur Jonsson Mimetic Minorities: National Identity and Desire on Thailand’s Fringe. Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association. (Dec 2009).
  24. Hjorleifur Jonsson The Centers and Margins of Identity-Making. Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia, PA. (Dec 2009).
  25. Hjorleifur Jonsson Changing Configurations of Identity. Western Conference of Asian Studies, Tucson, AZ. (Oct 2009).
  26. Hjorleifur Jonsson War’s Ontogeny: The Ethnic Fallout of Militias in and After the War in Laos. New York Conference on Asian Studies. (Oct 2009).
  27. Hjorleifur Jonsson Arts and Post-war Identity Work Among Iu Mien in America. Institute for Humanities Research, ASU, Colloquium. (Feb 2009).
  28. Hjorleifur Jonsson Ethnicity as the Telling of Time and Space in Mainland Southeast Asia. International, Interdisciplinary workshop Dynamics of Human Diversity in Mainland Southeast Asia, Si. (Jan 2009).
  29. Hjorleifur Jonsson War’s Ethnic Fallout in Laos. Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association. (Nov 2008).
  30. Hjorleifur Jonsson Discussant, Panel on Community and Ethnic Identity. Graduate Student Asian Studies Conference, ASU. (Oct 2008).
  31. Hjorleifur Jonsson On Collecting Yao Objects and Art. Workshop Icons of Complexity: Ritual Art Collections and the Sense of History. (Jun 2008).
  32. Hjorleifur Jonsson Looking Good in Thailand: Mien Spectacles of Identity,. Annual Meetings of the Association for Asian Studies, Atlanta, GA, April 6.. (Mar 2008).
  33. Hjorleifur Jonsson Spectacles of Identity: Public Marginality in Thailand. Annual Meetings of the Association for Asian Studies,. (Mar 2008).
  34. Hjorleifur Jonsson Turning Culture into Contest: Reworking Minority Identity at Ethnic Festivals.. Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Play. (Mar 2008).
  35. Jonsson, Hjorleifur Perspectives on the New Thai Countryside. SHESC Graduate Student colloquia. (Sep 2006).
  36. Jonsson, Hjorleifur Minority Culture and the Limits to National Acceptance in Contemporary Thailand. Division of Social Science, International Christian University, Tokyo. (May 2006).
  37. Jonsson, Hjorleifur Human Evolution and Social Change in the Museums of Thailand and Vietnam. A.T. Steele, Lecture, ASU Center for Asian Studies. (Nov 2005).
  38. Jonsson, Hjorleifur Bad News from Thailand. Wagging the Dog: Media, Elections, and Times of War. (Apr 2004).
  39. Jonsson, Hjorleifur Mien Alter-Native Modernity in Thailand. Association for Asian Studies, Annual Meetings. (Mar 2004).
  40. Jonsson, Hjorleifur Voicing Identity in the Thai Countryside: Mien Culture, Protest, and Indigeneity. Faculty of Comparative Culture, Sophia University, Tokyo. (Jun 2003).

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Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Jonsson,Hjorleifur Rafn * . Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Expansion of Anthropological Research on Masculinity for Contemporary American Society. NSF-ENG-BCS (8/1/2009 - 5/31/2011).

* principal investigator

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Service

  1. Center for Asian Research, Library Committee, Member, Southeast Asia representative (2013 - present)
  2. Center for Asian Research, Library Committee, Member, Southeast Asia representative (2013 - present)
  3. Southeast Asia Council, Center for Asian Research, Member (2012 - present)
  4. Southeast Asian Studies, journal based at Kyoto University, Member, International advisory board of journal (2012 - present)
  5. Southeast Asian Studies, journal based at Kyoto University, Member, International advisory board of journal (2012 - present)
  6. Southeast Asian Studies, journal based at Kyoto University, Member, International advisory board of journal (2012 - present)
  7. Journal of Surrealism and the Americas, reviewer (2009 - present)
  8. SHESC Undergraduate Teaching Award, Member (2009 - present)
  9. Asian Ethnicity, peer reviewer (2008 - present)
  10. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, peer reviewer (2008 - present)
  11. Journal of Surrealism and the Americas, Member of Advisory Board (2007 - present)
  12. Journal of Surrealism and the Americas, Member of Advisory Board (2007 - present)
  13. Thailand, Laos, Cambodia Studies Group, of the Association for Asian Studies, board member (2013 - 2015)
  14. SHESC Undergraduate Committee, chair (2013 - 2014)
  15. University of Wisconsin Press, reviewer of a chapter for a book in process (2013)
  16. Comparative Studies in Society and History, article referee (2013)
  17. SHESC, Member, Personnel Committee (2011 - 2013)
  18. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, article referee (2013)
  19. Asian Ethnicity, Reviewer (2012)
  20. SHESC, Member, Personnel Committee (2011 - 2012)
  21. American Anthropologist, Reviewer (2012)
  22. Ethnography, Reviewer (2012)
  23. Anthropology of Work Review, Reviewer (2012)
  24. SHESC, Member, Personnel Committee (2011 - 2012)
  25. California Watch. An Internet-based newspaper, Expert on Mien refugee immigrant culture (2011)
  26. Comparative Studies in Society and History, article reviewer (2011)
  27. Chronicle of Higher Education, Expert on Southeast Asian highland peoples (2011)
  28. Journal of Asian Studies, article reviewer (2011)
  29. European Research Council, reviewer of grant proposal (2011)
  30. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, article ms reviewer (2011)
  31. Critical Asian Studies, referee (2011)
  32. Cornell University Department of Anthropology, reviewer, Tenure and Promotion (2010)
  33. Association for Asian Studies, SEAsia Council, Graduate Student Paper Prize Committee (2010)
  34. SHESC, Member, Personnel Committee (2009 - 2010)
  35. Association for Asian Studies, 2007-2010 Board Member, Southeast Asia Council (2007 - 2010)
  36. University of Iceland Press, Book ms reviewer (2010)
  37. American Anthropological Association, Board Member, Society for Humanistic Anthropology (2007 - 2009)
  38. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, reviewer (2009)
  39. University of Hawaii Press, Manuscript reviewer (2009)
  40. SHESC, Member, Personnel Committee (2008 - 2009)

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