Australasian Animal Studies Association

Fijn, Dr Natasha

Research Fellow

Australian National University
Research interests / activities

Natasha has been awarded a mid-career ARC Future Fellowship, enabling her to conduct four years of research on ‘A Multispecies Anthropological Approach to Influenza’. She is part of an ARC Discovery team with a focus on 'Mongolian Medicine: different modes of multispecies knowledge transmission', which is an extension of previous Mongolia-based field research examining multispecies medicine used by herding communities in the Khangai Mountains. Natasha observes how herders apply preventative practices and medicinal techniques across species, treating family members and different species of herd animal. The ultimate aim of this cross-species, pluralistic approach to medicine is to inform the discussion surrounding One Health, conservation and natural and cultural heritage, where concepts and ideas from mobile pastoral techniques, veterinary medicine and rangeland ecology are integrated to provide a holistic perspective on respiratory illnesses across domestic and wild animals.


Fijn, Natasha (2020) Bloodletting in Mongolia: Three visual narratives. In N. Kohle and S. Kuriyama (eds) Fluid Matter(s): Flow and transformation in the history of the body Asian Studies Monograph Series 14, ANU Press, Canberra,

Fijn, Natasha (2020). Human-horse sensory engagement through horse archery. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, online first

Fijn, Natasha and Kavesh, Muhummed (2020). A sensory approach for multispecies anthropology. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, online first

Fijn, Natasha and Maratsu, Ran (2020). Mongolian medicine, multispecies storytelling and multimodal anthropology. More-than-Human Vol. 2:

White, Thomas and Fijn, Natasha (eds) (2020). Multi-speciescCo-existence in Inner Asia. Inner Asia 22(2): 162-182.

White, Thomas and Fijn, Natasha (2020). Introduction: Resituating domestication in Inner Asia. Inner Asia, 162-182.

Fijn, Natasha (2019) The multiple animal: Multispecies ethnographic filmmaking in Arnhem Land, Australia. Visual anthropology. 32(5): 385-403,

Fijn, Natasha (2019) Donald Thomson: Observations of animal connections in visual ethnography in Northern Australia Special Issue: G. Palsson and M. Lien (eds) Reconsidering the classics. Ethnos.

Potential areas for research supervision
Animal Studies; Inner Asia and Central Asia; Visual Anthropology