Dr Ina Zharkevich

Ina joined the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography as Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow in September 2015. Ina received her doctorate in Development Studies from the University of Oxford (2014) where her research focused on processes of socio-cultural change and norm (re)-making in conflict and post-conflict societies. Drawing on the case-study of Nepal's civil war (1996-2006) and on fieldwork in the former Maoist base area, Ina’s research explored how the situation of war and the arrival of new ideology come together in transforming people’s everyday lives and practices, the norms they abide by and the values they subscribe to, leading to a profound reconfiguration of key social structures.

Ina’s postdoctoral research project will explore how wide-scale outmigration  from Nepal (the third biggest receiver of remittances in the world) reconstitutes kinship, gender, and inter-generational relations in the communities of origin and examine how kinship ties are sustained in the situation of transnational mobility.  She is particularly interested in the role that material flows and new information technologies play in maintaining webs of relatedness and in giving rise to new forms of sociality and family life.

Prior to joining ISCA, Ina worked with Young Lives, Oxford Department of International Development, where she pursued her interests in the anthropology of youth and childhood.

Selected Publications

(with Jo Boyden, forthcoming) ‘The Impact of Development on Children’, in International Encyclopaedia of Anthropology (ed. by Paul Sillitoe ).

(2016) ‘When Gods Return to their Homeland in the Himalayas’: Maoism, Religion and Change in the Model Village of Thabang, mid-Western Nepal’, in D. Gellner, S. Hauser and C. Letizia (eds) Struggles over Secularism, Religion and Modernity: Transformations in 21 Century Nepal. Delhi: Oxford University Press India.

(2015) ‘De-mythologizing the ‘Village of Resistance’: How Rebellious were the Peasants in the Maoist base area of Nepal?Dialectical Anthropology, 39 (4): 353-379.

2013 ‘Learning in a Guerrilla Community of Practice: Situated Learning, Literacy Practices and Youth in Nepal’s Maoist Movement ’, European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, 42 (Spring-Summer Issue): 104-134.

2009 ‘A New Way of being Young in Nepal: the Idea of Maoist Youth and Dreams of a New Man’, Studies in Nepali History and Society, 14 (1): 67-107.


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