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Gwyneth Talley

  • Position: Assistant Professor of Anthropology
  • Department: Department of Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology
  • Email: Gwyneth.talley@aucegypt.edu
Brief Biography

Gwyneth Talley is a visual and cultural anthropologist who focuses on the intersections of gender, kinship, sport/leisure, and human/animal relationships in the Middle East and North Africa. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is interested in multispecies ethnography and the connection between environment, animals, and humans. She is a Fulbright Alumna, National Geographic Explorer, and National Geographic Expert for Morocco. Gwyneth is currently working on her first book project, “Gunpowder Women: Playing in Morocco’s Traditional Horse Sport.” It is based on three years of ethnographic fieldwork in Morocco. Gwyneth is also researching North African Muslim women athletes in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. This research asks how female athletes negotiate space for themselves within networks of power in local, national, and global contexts. Her research interests include North Africa, Orientalism, human-animal relationships, multispecies ethnography, ethnographic film, sports, equestrianism, Olympics, Islam, gender and kinship.

Talley, Gwyneth. 2020. "Human-Horse Relationships in Morocco: What Equids Can Tell Us About Society." Hespéris-Tamuda 55 (4):319-337. http://www.hesperis-tamuda.com/fr/index.php/nouveaux-numeros/volume-lv-fascicule-4-2020/923-15

Talley, Gwyneth. 2020. “Exceptional Horsewomen: Navigating the Moroccan Equestrian Sport of Tbourida.” The Journal of North African Studies. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13629387.2020.1833324

Talley, Gwyneth. 2019. “Photo Essay: Galloping Horses and Gunpowder Women.” Anthropology News. May/June. http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2019/05/16/galloping-horses-and-gunpowder-women/

Talley, Gwyneth U.J. 2017. "Chapter 12, Tbourida: Performing Traditional Equestrianism as Heritage Tourism in Morocco." In Equestrian Cultures in Global & Local Contexts, edited by Miriam Adelman & Kirrilly Thompson, 219-240. New York: Springer.

Talley, Gwyneth. September 2016. Inside Morocco’s Wild Game of Horses, Riders, and…A Puppet? National Geographic Explorer’s Blog. <https://blog.nationalgeographic.org/2016/09/08/inside-moroccos-wild-game-of-horses-riders-and-a-puppet/>

Talley, Gwyneth. December 2015. Jesus and Muhammed Share a Birthday for the First time in 457 Years. National Geographic Changing Planet Blog. <https://blog.nationalgeographic.org/2015/12/30/jesus-and-muhammad-share-a-birthday-for-first-time-in-457-years/>

Talley, Gwyneth. September 2015. Eid Al-Adha: A Joyful Holiday for Everyone but the Sheep. National Geographic’s The Plate. <https://www.nationalgeographic.com/people-and-culture/food/the-plate/2015/09/24/eid-al-adha-a-joyful-holiday-for-everyone-but-the-sheep/>