Paul G. Keil

Paul G. Keil

Paul G. Keil, Ph.D.

Department of Ecological Anthropology

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2017     PhD, Anthropology (2017/09/26). Macquarie University.
Thesis Title - Living in Elephant Worlds: Human-elephant relations on the fringe of forest and village in Assam, Northeast India.

2011     Bachelor of Arts Honours, Anthropology. (2011/04/19) Macquarie University.
Dissertati title: Man-Sheep-Dog: Interspecies entanglements at sheepdog trials.   

2010     Bachelor of Arts, Psychology. (2010/04/16). Macquarie University.

2002     Bachelor of Design Honours, Visual communication. (2002/10/02). University of Technology,

Research Interests

Keil is trained in social anthropology. Keil’s research questions are guided by theories that understand cognition, action, culture, and landscapes as socio-ecological achievements emerging from organism-environment interactions. Subjects of study have included collaborative remembering, interspecies teamwork, and wild and domestic human-elephant relationships. Keil’s current research focuses on feral pig relations in Australia.

Keil’s expertise includes multispecies research, ecological anthropology, South Asian studies, cognitive sciences, and memory.      



Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals

2017      Keil, P.G. Uncertain human-elephant encounters in North-East India. Journal of Religious and Political Practice, 3 (3), 196-211. 

2017      Harris, C.B., Barnier, A.J., Sutton, J., Keil, P.G., & Dixon, A. “Going episodic”: collaborative inhibition and facilitation when long-married couples remember together. Memory, 25 (8), 1148-59.

2015     Keil, P.G. Human-Sheepdog Distributed Cognitive Systems: An analysis of interspecies scaffolding at a sheepdog trial. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 15 (5), 508-529.

2014      Harris, C.B., Barnier, A.J., Sutton, J., & Keil, P.G. (2014/06/17). Couples as socially distributed cognitive systems: Remembering in everyday social and material contexts. Memory Studies, 7 (3), 285-297. 

2014     Barnier, A.J., Priddis, A.C., Broekhuijse, J., Harris, C.B., Cox, R., Congleton, A.R., Keil, P.G & Addis, D.R. (2014/07). Reaping what they sow: The benefits of remembering together in intimate couples. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 3(4), 261-265.

2011      Harris, C.B., Keil, P.G., Barnier, A. J., & Sutton, J. We Remember, We Forget: Collaborative Remembering in Older Couples. Discourse Processes, 46 (4), 267-303.

2010     Sutton, J., Harris, C.B., Keil, P.G., & Barnier, A. J. The psychology of memory, extended mind and socially distributed remembering. Phenomenology of Cognitive Science, 9 (4), 521-560.

2010      Harris, C. B., Barnier, A. J., Sutton, J., & Keil, P.G. How did you feel when “The Crocodile Hunter” died? Voicing and silencing in conversation influences memory for an autobiographical event. Memory, 18 (2), 185-197.

Book Chapters

2016      Keil, P.G. Elephant-Human Dandi: How Humans and Elephants Move Through the Fringes of Forest and Village in Assam. In P. Locke & J. Buckingham (eds.), Conflict, Negotiation, Co-existence: Rethinking Human-Elephant Relation in South Asia (pp. 197-223). New Delhi: Oxford University Press, India.

Book Reviews

2019      Keil, P.G. REVIEW: R. Govindrajan 2018. Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India's Central Himalayas. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies. DOI: 10.1080/00856401.2019.1608416

2016      Keil, P.G. REVIEW: Y. Musharbash & G. Henning Presterudstuen, 2014. Monster Anthropology in Australasia and Beyond. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 27(3), 415-417.

Online Essays

2018      Keil. P.G. Death of a hungry god. SAPIENS, photo essay. Retrieved from: 

2015     Locke, P. & Keil, P.G. Multispecies methodologies and human-elephant relations. Engagement- A blog published by the Anthropology and Environment Society. Retrieved from: 

2012      Keil, P.G. & Downey, G. Man-Sheep-Dog. Interspecies social skills. Neuroanthropology, PLOS blogs. Retrieved from


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