Dr. Tiffany Cone

Tiffany Cone

Dr. Tiffany Cone, Assistant Professor of Humanities
Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia
B.A. (First Class Hons) in Anthropology, University of Otago, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Tiffany Cone is Assistant Professor of Humanities at AUW and teaches courses that form part of the Core Program. She advises students on independent studies, teaches violin and acts as an advisor to the AUW Film Club. Tiffany has been at AUW since Fall 2015. Previously she taught at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. Tiffany has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the Australian National University and a BA (Hons) in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Otago in New Zealand.

National Cinemas in Asia: Cultures and Identities
Writing Ethnography: Ethics and Methods
Cultural Anthropology and Contemporary Issues: An Applied Perspective


Applied anthropology, comparative philosophy and religion, and visual anthropology.

Currently finishing a long-term project exploring the cultivation of religious authority amongst a Sufi community in China. Previously: produced a number of educational and observational documentary films.

Plans: two future projects – a series of short-term applied anthropology projects related to cultural ecology and the environment; and a long-term study of dreaming through a Buddhist lens.


Authored Books

Cone, Tiffany. 2017. Cultivating Charismatic Power: Islamic Leadership Practice in China. Palgrave MacMillan (forthcoming).


Book Chapters, etc

Cone, Tiffany. 2017. City of Saints: Linxia as the ‘centre’ of Qadiriyya Sufism in Northwest China. Religion and Locality in the Chinese World. Academia Sinica Institute of Ethnology, Taiwan (forthcoming).

Cone, Tiffany. 2016. Islam: Saints and Sacred Geographies: China, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, BrillOnline Reference Works. http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/encyclopedia-of-women-and-islamic-cultures/islam-saints-and-sacred-geographies-china-COM_002042?s.num=0&s.q=tiffany+cone

Cone, Tiffany. 2014. Journeys of knowledge: the role of a Chinese Sufi gongbei in generating mobility between China and Iran. Religion and Mobility in a Globalising Asia: New Ethnographic Explorations. Edited by Sinwen Lau and Nanlai Cao. Routledge Press. https://www.routledge.com/Religion-and-Mobility-in-a-Globalising-Asia-New-Ethnographic-Explorations/Lau-Cao/p/book/9780415716550


Journal Articles

Cone, Tiffany. 2017. Sounding the Soul: Mysticism and Music on Film. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology. Volume 18, Issue 2. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14442213.2016.1261615

Cone, Tiffany. 2015. Experimental Film and Anthropology. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology. Volume 16, Issue 3. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14442213.2015.1016394

Cone, Tiffany. 2014. Communities of Complicity. The China Journal.Volume 72, July. http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/677074


Conference Papers

Cone, Tiffany. 2017. Intercultural dialogue and contemporary geo-politics: Islamic exchange between Iran and China. Paper Accepted into the New Zealand Asian Studies Conference, November 27-29.

Cone, Tiffany. 2015. Being both Chinese and Muslim: moral challenges for a Sufi community in Northwest China. Australian Anthropological Society Annual Conference, ‘Moral Horizons’, Melbourne, Australia.

Cone, Tiffany. 2014. Chinese Qadiriyya Sufism and the Glocal: The Making of a Muslim Cosmopolitanism in Northwest China. Australian Anthropological Society Annual Conference, ‘Cosmopolitan Anthropologies’, Queenstown, New Zealand.

Cone, Tiffany. 2013. Charisma on the Margins: The role of a Sufi shrine in Northwest China. Paper presented at Australian Anthropological Society Annual Conference, ‘The Human in the World, the World in the Human’, Canberra. Organized and moderated a panel titled ‘Religion on the Margins’.


Visual Work – A list can be found on the AUW website: http://www.auw.edu.bd/dr-tiffany-cone/


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