Roger Lohmann

 Roger Lohmann

 Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
 B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Wisconsin–Madison)

 Durham Campus, Room 182, ext.5043,

 Research Interests: cultural, linguistic, and general anthropology, religion, dreaming, cultural dynamics, Melanesia
Curriculum Vitae


Current Research Projects

Professor Lohmann is looking for students interested in documenting, conserving, and analyzing his collection of ethnographic artifacts from central New Guinea, including drums, arrows, string bags, and other materials. He also seeks students interested in working on elements of the Asaba language from his collection of recordings and texts, and developing ethnographic films and visual anthropological analyses from his collection of field videos. Students interested in developing their own ethnographic fieldwork-based thesis research projects in ways that dovetail with his expertise are also welcome.

Selected Publications

Lohmann, Roger Ivar 2014. A Cultural Mechanism to Sustain Peace: How the Asabano Made and Ended War. Thematic section, “Ending War and Sustaining Peace in Pacific Societies / Mettre fin à la guerre et assurer la paix dans les sociétés du Pacifique,” Anthropologica 56(2):285–300.

Lohmann, Roger Ivar and Shayne A. P. Dahl 2014. Cultural Contingency and the Varieties of Lucid Dreaming. In Lucid Dreaming: New Perspectives on Consciousness in Sleep. Vol. 2: Religion, Creativity, and Culture. Ryan Hurd and Kelly Bulkeley, eds. Pp. 23–43. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.

Lohmann, Roger Ivar 2010. In the Company of Things Left Behind: Asabano Mementos. Special issue, “Creations: Imagination and Innovation,” Anthropological Forum 20(3):291–303.

Lohmann, Roger Ivar 2007. Dreams and Ethnography. In The New Science of Dreaming, Vol. 3: Cultural and Theoretical Perspectives. Deirdre Barrett and Patrick McNamara, eds. Pp. 35–69. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Lohmann, Roger Ivar 2007.  Sound of a Woman: Drums, Gender, and Myth among the Asabano of Papua New Guinea. Special issue, “Gendering Religious Objects,” Material Religion 3(1):88–109.

Lohmann, Roger Ivar 2005. The Afterlife of Asabano Corpses: Relationships with the Deceased in Papua New Guinea. Ethnology 44(2):189–206.

Lohmann, Roger Ivar, ed. 2003.  Dream Travelers: Sleep Experiences and Culture in the Western Pacific. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Lohmann, Roger Ivar 2003. The Supernatural Is Everywhere: Defining Qualities of Religion in Melanesia and Beyond. Special issue, “Perspectives on the Category ‘Supernatural,’” Anthropological Forum 13(2):175–185.

Lohmann, Roger Ivar 2001. Introduced Writing and Christianity: Differential Access to Religious Knowledge among the Asabano. Ethnology 40(2):93–111.

Lohmann, Roger Ivar 2000. The Role of Dreams in Religious Enculturation among the Asabano of Papua New Guinea. Ethos 28(1):75–102.