Marion Wettstein is an anthropologist and ethnographer with a regional focus on the extended eastern Himalaya, especially eastern Nepal and Northeast India. She completed her dissertation at the University of Zurich in 2011. Her current PostDoc research project at the University of Vienna examines dance and performative traditions among the Rai of eastern Nepal.
Her thematic interests include ritual studies, mythology, oral traditions and their scripturalisation, local concepts of the person and cosmology, anthropology of dance, theatre, performance, and embodiment, visual anthropology and ethnographic drawing; material culture, dress and craft, and fashion theory, the relation of science and art, transfer of knowledge, gender and sexuality studies, trans-local relations, and diaspora dynamics.
Her newest publication, the dissertation on “Naga Textiles: Design, Technique, Meaning and Effect of a Local Craft Tradition in Northeast India”, came out in October 2014 with Arnoldsche Art Publishers Stuttgart. Other majour works include “Naga Identities: Changing local cultures in Northeast India” (Snoeck 2008) which she co-edited.