Ivan Tacey

Programmes de recherche en cours

Ivan Tacey. Landscapes, place-making and topophobia. (in prep. PhD thesis in book form)

Ivan Tacey & Riboli, Diana. “Shamans at war: power and globalization”. SHAMAN, Budapest, Molnar and Kelemen Oriental Publishers (in prep)

Tacey, Ivan. Bloody stenches, sweet smells, and soul journeys: ritual and shamanism among the Batek of Malaysia. (in prep).

Venkataraman VV, Kraft TS, Tacey I. Short stature, step length, and energetics in rainforest hunter-gatherers: implications for the evolution of the human pygmy phenotype. (in prep).

Kraft TS, Venkataraman VV, Tacey I, Kawai A, Endicott, K. Social network properties and hunting success predict long-term reproductive success in Batek hunter-gatherers. (in prep).


Hunter-gatherers and indigenous societies

Landscape, place and territory

Malaysia and Southeast Asia


Violence and conflict


2015 (expected)        Ph.D. Anthropology, Université Lumière Lyon 2, France

2008                          Masters Anthropology, Université Lumière Lyon 2, France

1998                          BSc (Hons.) Anthropology, University of East London, UK


2013 – 2014              Lecturer in Economics, Environment and English, IAE, University Jean Moulin Lyon 3, France

2012 – 2013              Research Associate, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Malaya, Malaysia

2010 – 2011              Lecturer in Anthropology, University Lumière Lyon 2, France

2008 – 2011              Lecturer in Global Cultural Studies and English, University Jean Moulin Lyon 3, France

2008 – 2009              Lecturer in Sustainable Development and English, IEFT, Lyon, France

2008 – 2009              Lecturer in English, École Internationale de Commerce 3A & IDRAC Lyon, France

2004 – 2006              Lecturer in Intercultural Communication and English, University Jean Moulin Lyon 3, France

2001 – 2006              Lecturer in English, University Lumière Lyon 2, France 


Guest Lecture, “Upland Anarchists and Lowland States in Southeast Asia” (M.A. level), University Lumière, 11/10/2013.

Guest Lecture, “Development and Indigenous Peoples in Malaysia Orang Asli” (M.A. level), University Lumière, 23/09/2013.

Lecture: “Capitalism in Europe and America: Economic and Environmental Crises” (M.A. level), IAE, University Jean Moulin,                              1st and 2nd semesters 2013–2014.

Courses taught: “Introduction to the Environment”, “Nature & Landscape: a history”, “Green Growth”, “Introduction to                                          Globalization”, “Climate Change and Indigenous Communities”

Guest Lecture, “Dynamic configurations of space in Peninsular Malaysia: The Batek, rights, patrimony and development”,                                 Workshop “Rethinking the forest”. University Lumière, 04/02/2011.

Lecture, “Everyday Culture and Ethnicity” (M.A. level), University Jean Moulin, 1st semester, 2011.

Courses taught: “Introduction to Ethnicity’, “Ethnicity and Nationalism”, “Ethnicity in Malaysia”, “the Anthropology of Everyday                            Life”, “Black Music and Ethnic Identity”

Lecture, “Representation and Nationalism” (M.A. level), University Jean Moulin, 2nd semester 2011.

Courses taught: “Introduction to Nationalism”, “Nation and Narration”, “Landscape and Performance”, “Colonialism and                                      Mimicry”, “Sport, Representation and Nationalism”, “Ethno-Nationalism in Europe”

Lecture, “Intercultural Communication and Management” (B.A. & M.A. level), University Jean Moulin, 1st & 2nd semesters                                  2008–2011.

Courses taught: “Introduction to Globalization”, “the Culture Concept: a Critique”, “Anthropology of Space and Place”, “Doing                           Business in Southeast Asia”, “Deconstructing Identities”, “Race, Ethnicity and Identity”, “Stereotypes in                                     Cinema and Advertising”

Lecture, “Britain and Europe” (B.A. level), University Jean Moulin, 1st semester 2008–2011.

Courses taught: “Britain’s Historic and Prehistoric links to Europe”, “Religion in Britain and Europe”, “Economic Liberalism”,                             “A History of Democracy in Britain”, “Britain and the European Union”, “Anti-European British Sentiment”,                                 “Europe at War”, “Thatcher, Blair, Brown and Europe”

Seminar, “Anthropology of Culture” (B.A. level), University Lumière, 2nd semester 2011.

Courses taught: “the Construction of Culture”, “Ethnicity and Culture”, “Anthropology and the Colonial encounter”, “Hybridity                            and Culture”, “Alterity and Identity”, “Culture and Globalization”

Guest Lecture, “The Batek, an Indigenous People of Malaysia” (B.A. level), École Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'État,                                02/02/2009.

Lecture, “Sustainable Development & Tourism” (Masters. level), IEFT, 1st and 2nd semesters 2008–2009.

Courses taught: “Introduction to Sustainable Development”, “Eco-tourism in Southeast Asia”, “Is Sustainable Development an                           Oxymoron?”, “Indigenous Peoples and Tourism: problems of ethno-tourism”

Seminar: “Anthropology in English” (Bachelors level), University Lumière, 1st and 2nd semesters 2004–2006.

Seminar: “British Legal and Political History” (Bachelors level), University Lumière, 2nd semester 2004–2006.


Peer Reviewed Publications


Tacey, Ivan & Riboli, Diana (2014). Violence, Fear and Anti-Violence: the Batek of Peninsular Malaysia. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 6:4.

Riboli, Diana. & Tacey, Ivan (2014). Emplaced, Embodied, Multi-Sited, Collaborative Ethnography in Peninsular Malaysia. Manusia & Masyarakat, 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

Book Chapters

Tacey, Ivan (2013). Entangled interests and unsustainable developments in Southeast Asian forests: Anthropological perspectives on the stakes and power relations between Southeast Asian states, the palm oil industry and forest peoples. In Cassel, Muriel & Stephanie Bory (eds.) Green Growth: From Theory to Action, From Practice to Power. Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp.113–136.

Tacey, Ivan (forthcoming 2015). 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.

Prestations dans les médias

September 26, 2014: Interviewed by BFM Radio Malaysia, The Evening Edition, “Tiger Conservation”. http://www.bfm.my/tiger-conservation.html

September 2014: Coordinator for 12 part radio show on the Orang Asli in Malaysia for BFM Radio, Malaysia

February 2014: Joint Public Lecture with Dr. Adrian Serban, “Autonomy and happiness: biological and social factors”, First District Town Hall, Lyon

April 2013: TV Interview for Malaysian television show on NTV7, “Orang Asli, tigers and deforestation”

June 2013: Interview for ARTE, France, “the Batek of Malaysia and development”

Publications grand public

Kamal Solhaimi Fadzil, Ivan Tacey, Juli Edo, Rosilawati Zainol, Siti Nor Awang, and Wan Suzy Wan Ibrahim. (2013). Sociological Studies and Dependence of the Orang Asli Population on Sungai Enam Basin. Proceedings of The 2nd Temengor Scientific Expedition 2012. Petaling Jaya, Pulau Banding Foundation.


June 2014: Tacey, Ivan & Thomas Overly “The effects of development on Batek sacred sites”, Orang Asli Symposium 2014, Keene State College, New Hampshire, USA.

June 2014: Kraft, Thomas, Vivek Venkataraman, Kirk M. Endicott, Ivan Tacey & Diana Riboli “Subsistence and sexual division of labor among the Batek: past and present compared", Orang Asli Symposium 2014, Keene State College, New Hampshire, USA.

June 2013: Tacey, Ivan “State Violence and Batek Topophobia in Peninsular Malaysia.” 10th Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies, Liverpool, UK.

March 2013: Tacey, Ivan “Holding it together: Batek reactions to environmental, religious and social changes in 21st century Peninsular Malaysia.” Panel: “Malaysia’s ‘Original People’: Recent Research on the Orang Asli of Peninsular Malaysia: Papers in Honor of Geoffrey Benjamin and Robert K. Dentan”, 2013 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, San Diego, California.

September 2011: Tacey, Ivan “Entangled interests and unsustainable developments in Southeast Asian forests.” Green Growth Conference, Institute for Transtextual and Transcultural studies, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3.