Emilia Sulek received her MA in Social Anthropology and another one in Mongolian and Tibetan Studies both from the University of Warsaw. During her undergraduate years, she conducted field research in Poland and Belarus, studying the reception of politics in rural contexts and socio-cultural relations at a multi-ethnic borderland region. She also investigated the “imagined geography” on the example of Tibet as well as the popularity of Buddhism in Western societies. Finally, she studied adaptions of Traditional Tibetan Medicine in Central-Eastern Europe, especially by migrants from Mongolia.
Emilia Sulek received her PhD from the Humboldt University of Berlin. In her dissertation, based on long-term field research in China, she analysed the economic boom in trade in caterpillar fungus with a focus on agency and entrepreneurship demonstrated in a Tibetan pastoral region. She also wrote about oral history and identity-making in the ethnically and politically complex borderland between Tibet and China. She regularly publishes at venues accessible to a wider readership, e.g. the blog Tethys. Central Asia Everyday and the Newsletter of the International Institute for Asian Studies.
She worked as a Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin and adjunct lecturer at Humboldt University of Berlin where she also had a post-doc Humboldt Scholarship of the Excellence Initiative. She was a visiting fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden.