P. Kerim Friedman



P. Kerim Friedman lives and teaches in Taiwan where he is an associate professor in the Department of Ethnic Relations and Cultures (within the College of Indigenous Studies), at National Dong Hwa University in Hualien. Trained in both linguistic and visual anthropology, he has worked extensively with indigenous Taiwanese and with India's Denotified and Nomadic Tribes (DNTs).

His research interests include: indigeneity, language ideology, language revitalization, colonalism, ethnic studies, political economy, and ethnographic film. His academic writing can be found on PaperPile or Academia.edu. A list of his courses can be found on the separate syllabi website.


Kerim is also a documentary filmmaker. His latest film, Please Don’t Beat Me, Sir!, was awarded the 2011 Jean Rouch Award for Collaborative Filmmaking from the Society of Visual Anthropology.

His other film projects, along with those of his filmmaker wife, Shashawti Talukdar, can be found on the Four Nine and a Half Pictures website.

Kerim is the programmer for the 2017 Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival.


Kerim is a founding member of the anthropology blog anthro{dendum} (formerly Savage Minds) which American Anthropologist called “the central online site of the North American anthropological community.”

His anthropology blogging also appears in Chinese on the Guava Anthropology website. He also maintains a personal blog, Keywords, and a microblog.

Other Activities

Kerim is also on the board of Vimukta, a non-profit organization working on behalf of India's Denotified and Nomadic Tribes.


Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @kerim
Facebook: kerimfriedman

Mailing Address

Dr. P. Kerim Friedman
National Dong Hwa University
Department of Ethnic Relations and Cultures
No. 1, Sec. 2, Da Hsueh Rd.
Shoufeng, Hualien 97401