Stéphane Gros

Stéphane Gros is a researcher at the Centre for Himalayan Studies, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (C.N.R.S., France). A social anthropologist by training (PhD Paris-Nanterre University, 2005), he has pursued ethnohistorical and ethnographical research in the Sino-Tibetan borderlands since the late nineties. His monograph titled La Part Manquante (Société d’ethnologie, 2012) is the result of long-term fieldwork among the Drung people of northwestern Yunnan province. He has also authored numerous articles and book chapters on issues of interethnic relations and ethnic classification, poverty and categorization, as well as rituals and cosmology. Stéphane Gros’ current research focuses on kinship, conversion to Christianity, and environmental discourses in this region. He was Principal Investigator for a European-Research-Council-funded project titled “Territories, Communities, and Exchanges in the Kham Sino-Tibetan Borderlands” (2012-2016), coordinating a multidisciplinary team conducting research on topics such as trade, territoriality, and cultural politics.

He has edited or co-edited four collections of relevance to ethnographic theory, Chinese studies, and area studies, the latest being Frontier Tibet (Amsterdam University Press, 2019). He has served as Managing Editor (2011-2014) for the launch of the open-access anthropology journal Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, and is currently co-editor of the European Bulletin of Himalayan Research.

Selected Publications


  • 2012 Gros, S. La Part manquante. Echanges et pouvoirs chez les Drung du Yunnan (Chine). Nanterre, Société d’ethnologie.


  • 2017. Gros, S. ‘Nature De-Naturalized: Modes of relation with the environment among the Drung of Yunnan (China)’, Anthropological Forum 27 (4): 32-339.