Curriculum Vitae

Roger Lohmann

CONTACT INFORMATION

Postal: Department of Anthropology, Trent University, 55 Thornton Road South, Oshawa, ON L1J 5Y1, Canada

Office: Room 182

Telephone: Voice: 905-721-8668 ext. 2044; Fax: 905-721-3014

Electronic: rogerlohmann@trentu.ca, www.people.trentu.ca/rogerlohmann

 

CURRENT POSITION: Associate Professor of Anthropology, Trent University

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

cultural dynamics, religion, imagination and perception, dreaming, Melanesia

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D. 2000      Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Cultural Anthropology Concentration, Minor in Sociology.

Dissertation: Cultural Reception in the Contact and Conversion History of the Asabano of Papua New Guinea. Advisor: Maria Lepowsky

M.A. 1989       Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.A. 1986        Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

1985–1986      Junior Year Abroad, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität Bonn, Germany

1983                University of Wisconsin Sheboygan County Center

 

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

 

Trent University

2007–present   Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

2005–present   Faculty Member, Anthropology Graduate Program

2003–2007      Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

 

University of Toronto

2002–2003      Instructor, Department of Anthropology

 

College of Wooster

2001–2002      Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

1999                Visiting Instructor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

 

Western Oregon University

2000–2001      Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

 

University of Wisconsin-Rock County

1999–2000      Lecturer, Department of Anthropology and Sociology

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

2001                Honorary Fellow, Department of Anthropology

2000                Associate Instructional Specialist, Dance Program

1997–98          Instructor, Department of English

1996, 1998      Lecturer, Department of Anthropology

1990, 92, 3, 7  Teaching Assistant, Project Assistant, Department of Anthropology

 

University of Sydney

1996                Visiting Scholar, Department of Anthropology

 

HONOURS

2008                Merit Award for Excellence in Research, Trent University

2006                Nominated for Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching “very highly ranked”

2004                Merit Award for Excellence in Research, Trent University

2004                Nominated for Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching

1998                Robert J. Miller Prize in Anthropology. “Awarded to a Graduate or Undergraduate Student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in recognition of Innovation and Research or Instruction in Anthropology” (US$100)

 

RESEARCH GRANTS

External

2004                Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant (C$98,276). Anthropology of the Imagination Project: Mapping the Boundary between Perceiving and Imagining in a Melanesian Culture

1994                Fulbright Student Grant Extension (US$5,250)

1993                Fulbright Student Grant (US$23,950). Transmission and Evolution of Religious Beliefs among the Asabano of Papua New Guinea

Internal

2010                Nind Fund, Trent University (C$280). To aid establishing Anthropology Lab

2003                SSHRC Operating Grant, Trent University (C$5,000). Imagination and Immortality Beliefs in a Papua New Guinea Society

 

TRAVEL GRANTS

2002                Faculty Development Fund, College of Wooster (US$345)

1999                Faculty Development Fund, College of Wooster (US$2000)

1994                Target Opportunity Speaker, U.S. Embassy to Papua New Guinea (K260)

1993                Graduate School, University of Wisconsin–Madison (US$300)

1992                Graduate School, University of Wisconsin–Madison (US$420)

 

PUBLICATIONS

Submitted, Accepted, and In Press Manuscripts – Refereed

 

Book

In preparation Supernatural Evidence: Causes of Religious Belief Explored among the Asabano of New Guinea.

 

Chapter in Edited Volume

In press Capitalism Meets Its Match: Failed Mimesis of Market Economics among the Asabano of Papua New Guinea. In Mimesis and Pacific Transcultural Encounters: In Time, in Trade, and in Ritual Reconfigurations. Jeannette Mageo and Elfriede Hermann, eds. New York: Berghahn.

 

Book Reviews

in preparation Review of Christian Politics in Oceania. The Journal of the Polynesian Society.

 

Dissertation

2000                Cultural Reception in the Contact and Conversion History of the Asabano of Papua New Guinea. Ph.D. dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Edited Volume – Refereed

2003                Dream Travelers: Sleep Experiences and Culture in the Western Pacific. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

 

Guest Edited Special Issues of Journals – Refereed

2014                Ending War and Sustaining Peace in Pacific Societies / Mettre fin à la guerre et assurer la paix dans les sociétés du Pacifique. Thematic section. Anthropologica 56(2).

2010                Creations: Imagination and Innovation, Anthropological Forum 20(3).

2008                Biographies of Anthropologists. Special issue, Reviews in Anthropology 37(2–3).

2007                Gendering Religious Objects. Special issue, Material Religion 3(1).

2003                Perspectives on the Category “Supernatural”. Special issue, Anthropological Forum 13(2).

 

Journal Articles – Refereed

2014                Investigating the Causes of Peace to End War: An Introduction. 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):255–260.

2014                Introduction: Interroger les causes de la paix pour mettre fin à la guerre. [French version of the above]. 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):261–267.

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.

2013                Sleep, Dreaming, and the Imagination: Psychosocial Adaptations to an Ever-Changing World. Reviews in Anthropology 42(2):56–84. [co-authored by Roger Ivar Lohmann and Shayne A. P. Dahl].

2010                How Evaluating Dreams Makes History: Asabano Examples. Special issue, “Imprints of Dreaming,” History and Anthropology 21(3):227–249.

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

2010                Introduction: The Anthropology of Creations. Special issue, “Creations: Imagination and Innovation,” Anthropological Forum 20(3):215–234.

2009                Dreams of Fortune: Reo Fortune’s Psychological Theory of Cultural Ambivalence. Special issue, “Gang of Four: Gregory Bateson, Ruth Benedict, Reo Fortune, and Margaret Mead in Multiple Contexts,” Pacific Studies 32(2–3):273–298.

2008                Introduction: Biographies of Anthropologists as Anthropological Data. Special issue, “Biographies of Anthropologists,” Reviews in Anthropology 37(2–3):89–101.

2007                Introduction: Objects, Gender, and Religion. Special issue, “Gendering Religious Objects,” Material Religion 3(1):4–13. [co-authored by Roger Ivar Lohmann and Susan Starr Sered]

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.

2007                Souvenirs des morts: Technologies de gestion de la mémoire dans un village de Nouvelle–Guinée [Mementos of the Dead: Technologies of Memory Management in a New Guinea Village]. Special issue, “Dossier Hertz revisité (1907–2007): Objects et changements dans les rituels funéraires,” Journal de la Société des Océanistes 124(1):45–58.

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

2004                Sex and Sensibility: Margaret Mead’s Descriptive and Rhetorical Ethnography. Reviews in Anthropology 33(2):111–130.

2003                Introduction: Naming the Ineffable. Special issue, “Perspectives on the Category ‘Supernatural,’” Anthropological Forum13(2):117–124.

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.

2003                Glass Men and Spirit Women in Papua New Guinea. Special issue, “Shamanisms and Survival,” Cultural Survival Quarterly 27(2):53–54.

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

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

 

Chapters in Edited Volumes – Refereed

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 [co-authored by Roger Ivar Lohmann and Shayne A. P. Dahl].

2013                Sleeping among the Asabano: Surprises in Intimacy and Sociality at the Margins of Consciousness. In Sleep around the World: Anthropological Perspectives. Katie Glaskin and Richard Chenhall, eds. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Pp. 21–44.

2012                Religion. In Polynesian Outliers: The State of the Art. Richard Feinberg and Richard Scaglion, eds. Ethnology Monograph Series. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh, Department of Anthropology. [co-authored by Richard Feinberg, Judith Macdonald, and Roger Ivar Lohmann]. Pp. 187–216. Pittsburgh, PA: Ethnology Monographs.

2011                Empathetic Perception and Imagination among the Asabano: Lessons for Anthropology. In The Anthropology of Empathy: Experiencing the Lives of Others in Pacific Societies, Douglas Hollan and C. Jason Throop, eds. Pp. 95–116 New York: Berghahn.

2010                Boiled Eggs with Chicks Inside, or What Commensality Means. In Adventures in Eating: Anthropological Experiences of Dining from around the World, Helen R. Haines and Clare A. Sammells, eds. Pp. 21–42. Boulder: University Press of Colorado.

2008                Sexual Snakes Strike Again: Immortality Expressed and Explained in a New Guinea Myth. In Sexual Snakes, Winged Maidens and Sky Gods: Myth in the Pacific, An Essay in Cultural Transparency, Serge Dunis, ed. Pp. 113–125. Nouméa, New Caledonia: Le Rocher-à-la-voile and Papeete, French Polynesia: Éditions Haere Po Tahiti.

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.

2007                Morals and Missionary Positionality: Diyos of Duranmin. In The Anthropology of Morality in Melanesia and Beyond, John Barker, ed. Pp. 131–147. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Press.

2003                Turning the Belly: Insights on Religions Conversion from New Guinea Gut Feelings. In The Anthropology of Religious Conversion, Andrew Buckser & Stephen Glazier, eds. Pp. 109–121. Boulder: Rowman and Littlefield.

2003                Dream Travels and Anthropology. In Dream Travelers: Sleep Experiences and Culture in the Western Pacific, Roger Ivar Lohmann, ed. Pp. 1–17. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

2003                Supernatural Encounters of the Asabano in Two Traditions and Three States of Consciousness. In Dream Travelers: Sleep Experiences and Culture in the Western Pacific, Roger Ivar Lohmann, ed. Pp. 188–210. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

 

Book Section – Refereed

2007                Ground Stone Adze Production in Central New Guinea [interview with Salowa Hetalele]. In Archaeological Approaches to Technology, by Heather Margaret-Louise Miller. Pp. 62–64. Amsterdam: Academic Press.

 

Articles Reprinted in Readers / Textbooks

2012[2003]      The Supernatural Is Everywhere: Defining Qualities of Religion in Melanesia and Beyond. In Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Anthropology. 5th edition. Robert L. Welsch and Kirk M. Endicott, eds. Dubuque: McGraw Hill, pp. 310–317.

2009[2003]      The Supernatural Is Everywhere: Defining Qualities of Religion in Melanesia and Beyond. In Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Anthropology. 4th edition. Kirk M. Endicott and Robert Welsch, eds. Pp. 229–236. Dubuque: McGraw Hill.

2006[2003]      The Supernatural Is Everywhere: Defining Qualities of Religion in Melanesia and Beyond. In Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Cultural Anthropology. 2nd edition. Kirk M. Endicott and Robert Welsch, eds. Pp. 131–138. Dubuque: McGraw Hill.

 

2001[2000]      The Role of Dreams in Religious Enculturation among the Asabano of Papua New Guinea. In Dreams: A Reader on Religious, Cultural, and Psychological Dimensions of Dreaming, Kelly Bulkeley, ed. Pp. 111–132. New York: Palgrave.

 

Encyclopedia Entries – Refereed

2012                Anthropology and Dreams. In Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams, Deirdre Barrett and Patrick McNamara, eds. Vol. 1, pp. 42–43. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Publishers.

2006                Field Methods. In Encyclopedia of Anthropology, H. James Birx, ed. Pp. 962–968. Thousand Oaks: Sage Reference.

  1. Culture. In Encyclopedia of Religion, 2nd edition, Lindsay Jones, ed.-in-chief. Pp. 2086–2090. New York: Macmillan Reference.

2004                Dreams and Shamanism (Papua New Guinea). In Shamanism: An Encyclopedia of World Beliefs, Practices and Culture, Mariko Namba Walter and Eva Jane Neumann Fridman, eds. Pp. 865–869. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.

 

Book Reviews – Refereed

2015                Review of The Shark Warrior of Alewai: A Phenomenology of Melanesian

                        Identity. Pacific Affairs 88(4):973–975.

2013                Review of Communing with the Gods: Consciousness, Culture, and the Dreaming

                        Brain. Ethos 41(1):1–3.

2011                Review of Mary, The Devil, and Taro: Catholicism and Women’s Work in a Micronesian Society. Anthropological Forum 21(3):336–338.

2011                Review of Looking through Ancestors’ Eye-Holes: Epistemic Body-Mind-Spirit and Discourse Formations among the Lau’um of West Sepik, Papua New Guinea. Pacific Affairs 84(3):617–618.

2009                Review of Reflexive Ethnography: A Guide to Researching Selves and Others. Anthropological Forum 19(1):109–111.

2007                Review of Pathways to Heaven: Contesting Mainline and Fundamentalist Christianity in Papua New Guinea. Anthropological Forum 17(1):94–97.

2007                Review of Selected Readings in the Anthropology of Religion: Theoretical and Methodological Essays. Anthropology of Consciousness 18(1):107–113.

2006                Review of Yali’s Question: Sugar, Culture, and History. Anthropological Quarterly 79(4):755–761.

2006                Review of Cargo, Cult and Culture Critique. Journal of the Polynesian Society 115(2):191–193.

2006                Review of Women as Unseen Characters: Male Ritual in Papua New Guinea. Anthropological Forum 16(2):191–193.

2006                Moral Conflict and Cultural Change. Review of Becoming Sinners: Christianity and Moral Torment in a Papua New Guinea Society. Anthropology & Humanism 31(1):99–100.

2004                Review of Dream Trackers: Yapa Art and Knowledge of the Australian Desert. (CD-ROM) Anthropology of Consciousness 15(2):69–70.

2002                Review of Humors and Substances: Ideas of the Body in New Guinea. Journal of Anthropological Research 58(2):301–303.

2001                Review of Emplaced Myth: Space, Narrative and Knowledge in Aboriginal Australia and Papua New Guinea.  Pacific Affairs 74(3):466–467.

2001                Review of An Introduction to the Anthropology of Melanesia: Culture and Tradition. Pacific Studies 24(1/2):131–134.

1996                Review of Payback: The Logic of Retribution in Melanesian Religions. American Anthropologist 98(3):682–683.

1991                Review of Persuasions of the Witch’s Craft. American Ethnologist 18(3):605–606.

 

Edited Journal Issues with Authored Editorial Introductions

2006–2011      Reviews in Anthropology Volume 35, Issue 1 to Volume 40, Issue 4.

 

EDITORIAL POSITIONS

2005–2011      Editor-in-Chief of Reviews in Anthropology.

1990–91          Editor, Bulletin of NASA (National Association of Student Anthropologists) and Contributing Editor, American Anthropological Assn.’s Anthropology Newsletter.

 

ETHNOGRAPHIC FILM

1998                Life with the Asabano of Papua New Guinea. 50 minute video.

 

EXHIBITS

2013–2014      Anthropology (display illustrating courses at Trent Oshawa). Trent U Oshawa.

2011–2012      Anthropology (display illustrating the discipline). Trent University Oshawa.

2001                Coverings, Containers, and Decorations: Traditional Dress of the Asabano of Papua New Guinea. Hammersley Library, Western Oregon University.

1997–2000      Artifacts of the Asabano of Papua New Guinea. Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

 

ETHNOGRAPHIC FIELDWORK

2007, June–Aug                      Asabano, Duranmin, Papua New Guinea

2005, July–Aug                       Asabano, Duranmin, Papua New Guinea

1994–95, Mar, Sept                Asabano, Duranmin, Papua New Guinea

1991, Jan–Mar                                                Sandaun Province, Papua New Guinea

1984–1990, intermittent         Wiccan Groups, Wisconsin, USA

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Conference Sessions

2017                Organizer/Chair. Imaginary Peoples of the Pacific. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania. Līhuʻe, HI.

2015                Respondent. South Asian Ritual Landscapes Symposium, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto.

2012                Organizer/Chair. Ethnography of Imaginary Cultures: Storied Innovations. American Anthropological Association. San Francisco, CA.

2012                Organizer/Chair. Ends of War: Causes of Peace in the Pacific. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania. Portland, OR.

2011                Co-organizer/Co-chair. Agency in Religious Experience. American Anthropological Association, Montréal, QC.

2011                Organizer/Chair. Ends of War: Causes of Peace in the Pacific. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania. Honolulu, HI.

2010                Organizer/Chair. Ends of War: Causes of Peace in the Pacific. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania. Alexandria, VA.

2009                Organizer/Chair. Artifacts of Imagination and Innovation in Pacific Oceania. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania. Santa Cruz, CA.

2008                Round Table Discussion Panel Member. What We All Think about Knowing: Cross-Cultural Uniformity and Diversity in Epistemic Assessments. Interdisciplinary Workshop. University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.

2008                Organizer/Chair. Imagination and Innovation in Pacific Oceania. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania. Canberra, Australia.

2007                Co-chair. Cognitive Theory of Religion. American Anthropological Association. Washington, DC.

2007                Organizer/Chair. Imagination and Innovation in Pacific Oceania. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania. Charlottesville, VA.

2005                Co-organizer. Adventures in Eating: Anthropological Experiences of Dining from around the World, American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC.

2004                Chair. Governing Populations. Canadian Anthropology Society, London, ON.

2003                Co-organizer/Co-chair. Mortuary Ritual: Anthropological Approaches. American Anthropological Association, Chicago, IL.

2003                Co-organizer/Co-chair. Anthropological Archaeology of Mortuary Ritual. Canadian Archaeology Association, Hamilton, ON.

2001                Organizer/Chair. Reassessing the Category ‘Supernatural.’ American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC.

2001                Organizer/Chair. Culture and Memory, Society for Psychological Anthropology, Decatur, GA.

2000                Organizer/Chair. Pacific Dreams. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Vancouver, BC.

1999                Organizer/Chair. Gendering Religious Objects. American Anthropological Association, Chicago, IL. 

1999                Organizer/Chair. Pacific Dreams. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Hilo, HI.

1998                Discussant. Historical Transformations in the Mountain Ok Region of Papua New Guinea. American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia, PA

1993                Organizer/Chair. Convergent Evolution of the Subfields: Darwinian Models in Anthropology. American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC.

 

Peer Reviews

2016                Economic Anthropology                                                         Article

2016                Anthropological Quarterly                                                     Article

2016                Ethos                                                                                       Article

2015                Taylor & Francis                                                                     Textbook

2015                American Anthropologist                                                        Article

2015                Rowman & Littlefield                                                            Textbook Pair

2015                Stanford University Press                                                       Book Proposal

2015                ASAO Studies in Pacific Anthropology, Berghahn Press      Book Manuscript

2014                Sleep Medicine                                                                        Article

2014                American Anthropologist                                                        Article

2014                Bloomsbury Publishing                                                           Book Proposal

2014                University of Toronto Press                                                    Book Proposal

2014                Oxford University Press                                                         Book Proposal

2014                Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council                Research Proposal

2014                Anthropological Forum                                                          Article

2013                Anthropological Forum                                                          Article

2013                American Ethnologist                                                              Article

2013                Ethos                                                                                       2 Articles

2013                Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry                                         Article

2013                University of Toronto Press                                                    2 Book Proposals

2012                The Australian Journal of Anthropology                                Article

2012                Social Science and Medicine                                                  Article

2012                Transcultural Psychiatry                                                        Article

2012                Ethos                                                                                       Article

2011                Social Science and Medicine                                                  Article

2011                History and Anthropology                                                      Article

2011                University of Alabama Press                                                  Book

2011                Berghahn                                                                                 Book

2010                Europeanist Studies in Socio-Cultural Anth. and Ethnology (Lit Verlag)     Book

2010                American Ethnologist                                                              Article

2010                Paideuma: Mitteilungen zur Kulturkunde                              Article

2009                National Science Foundation (USA)                                      Grant Proposal

2009                The Australian Journal of Anthropology                                Article

2009                The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology                             Article

2009                American Anthropologist                                                        Article

2009                Ethos                                                                                       Article

2009                Anthropological Forum                                                          Special Issue

2009                Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada Grant Proposal

2008                Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences                 Article

2008                Anthropological Forum                                                          Article

2008                Society for Psychological Anthropology Book Series           Book

2008                Anthropological Forum                                                          Article

2008                Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences                 Article

2008                Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute                       Article

2007                Economic and Social Research Council (UK)                       Final Research Report

2007                Berg Press                                                                               Book

2007                Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute                       Article

2007                Current Anthropology                                                             Article

2006–2011      Reviews in Anthropology                                                        Articles (numerous)

2006                Broadview Press                                                                     Book

2006                Ethos                                                                                       Article

2006                Society for Psychological Anthropology Book Series           Book

2006                Broadview Press                                                                     Book Proposal

2005                American Anthropologist                                                        Article

2005                Anthropologica                                                                       Article

2005                Current Anthropology                                                             Article

2005                Human Nature                                                                        Article

2005                Anthropological Theory                                                          Article

2004                American Anthropologist                                                        Article

2004                Paideuma: Mitteilungen zur Kulturkunde                              Special Issue

2004                Ethnos                                                                                     Article

2003                Wadsworth Publishing                                                            Textbook Proposal

2000                American Ethnologist                                                              Article

2000                American Anthropologist                                                        Article

 

University Service

2016–present   Faculty Liaison, Academic Mentoring Program, Trent U Durham

2016                Member, Anthropology Curriculum Committee

2016                Seminar Instructor, “Think Tank” Student Orientation, Trent U Durham

2016                Member, Hiring Com., Communication and Critical Thinking, Trent U Durham

2016–present   Member, Environmental Advisory Board, Durham Subcommittee, Trent Univ.

2015–present   Member, Durham Faculty Caucus, Trent University Durham

2015–16          Organizer, Anthropology Lecture Series, Trent University Durham

2015                Acting Chair, Department of Anthropology, Trent University

2015                Acting Director, Anthropology Graduate Program, Trent University

2014–15          Member, Richard B. Johnston Prize Evaluation Committee, Trent Anth Dept.

2014–15          Organizer, Kenneth Kidd Lecture Series, Trent Anthropology Department

2014–15          Organizer, Trent Oshawa Anthropology Lecture Series

2014                Acting Director, Anthropology Graduate Program, Trent University

2014                Member, Appointments Advisory Com. to Dean of Graduate Studies, Trent U

2013–2015      Member, Library Advisory Subcommittee, Trent University

2013–2014      Member, Interdisciplinary Degree Working Group, Trent University Oshawa

2012–2013      Organizer, Trent Oshawa Anthropology Lecture Series

2012–2013      Member, Trent Oshawa Strategic Plan Committee

2012–2013      Member, Anthropology Curriculum Committee

2012–2016      Chair, Trent Oshawa (later known as Trent Durham) Awards Committee

2011–2012      Member, Trent Oshawa – City/Region Committee

2011                Member, Chair Search Committee, Trent Anthropology Department

2011                Anthropology Representative, Trent University Oshawa

2010–2011      Member, Trent University Sustainability Task Force

2010–2011      Organizer, Kenneth Kidd Lecture Series, Trent Anthropology Department

2010                Member, Personnel Committee, Merit Award, Trent Anthropology Department

2010–2012      Member, Trent Oshawa Awards Committee

2010                Member, Hiring Committee, Senior Tutor, Trent University in Oshawa

2008–2009      Member, Ph.D. Committee, Anthropology Graduate Program, Trent University

2008                Member, Personnel Committee, CUPE Hiring. Dept. of Anthropology, Trent U.

2007–2008      Anthropology Representative. Open House, Trent in Oshawa

2006–2013      Member, Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology Sub-disciplinary Committee,

                        Trent Anthropology Department

2006                Member, Hiring Committee, Trent Anthropology Department

2005–2006      Coordinator, Kenneth Kidd Lecture Series, Trent Anthropology Department

2005                Organizer and Host, Trent University in Oshawa Lecture Series Inaugural

2004–2009      Member, Peterborough-Oshawa Relations Committee, Trent University

2004–2005      Anthropology Rep., Advising Fair & Open House, Trent in Oshawa

2004                Designer, Trent Anthropology Recruitment Brochure

2004                Designer, Two Trent Anthropology Service Courses

2003–2009      Editor, Trent Anthropology News

2003–2006      Member, Trent Anthropology Department Curriculum Committee

2001–2002      Faculty Advisor, Wooster African Drum and Dance Student Organization

1989–1990      Graduate Student Member, Anthropology Events Committee, University of Wisconsin–Madison

 

Positions in Scholarly Organizations

2012–13          Past Chair, Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania

2011–12          Member, Distinguished Lecture Committee, Assn. for Social Anth. in Oceania

2011–12          Chair, Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania

2010–11          Chair Elect, Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania

2009–13          Board Member, Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania

2006–09          Program Coordinator, Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania

1992–94          Vice President, National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA)

1989–90          Member, Nominations Committee, NASA

1988–90          Representative of NASA at the University of Wisconsin–Madison

1986–7, 89–90  Central Coordinator, Anthropology Circle Student Organization

 

Other Academic Service

2007    Chair, Ontario Graduate Scholarship Selection Panel for Anthropology M.A. students.

2006    Member, Ontario Graduate Scholarship Selection Panel for Visa students.

 

CONFERENCE PAPERS

2016    God and His Angels, Colonists of Asabano Minds. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Līhuʻe, HI.

2015    Capitalism Meets Its Match: Failed Mimesis of Market Economics among the Asabano. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Santa Fe, NM.

2014    Fidelity, Distortion, and Barriers in Asabano Mimesis of Europeans. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Kona, HI (in absentia).

2013    Mimesis and Identification with Europeans in a New Guinea Backwater. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, San Antonio, TX.

2012    Stranger than Fiction: Reflection and Generation of a Culture of Sustainability in Ernest Callenbach’s Ecotopia. American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, CA.

2012    How the Asabano Made and Ended War. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Portland, OR.

2011    Agency of the Autonomous Imagination: Selves, Others, and Unified Identities in Asabano Religious Experiences. American Amthropological Association, Montréal, QC.

2011    Sleeping among the Asabano. Australian Anthropological Society, Perth, WA, Australia.

2011    Ends of War: Causes of Peace in the Pacific. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania. Honolulu, HI.

2011    How the Asabano Made and Ended War. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania. Honolulu, HI.

2010    Artifactual, Proxemic, and Behavioral Dispositions of Sleep among the Asabano. American Anthropological Association. New Orleans, LA.

2010    How the Asabano Made and Ended War. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania. Alexandria, VA.

2009    Asabano Conceptualization of Time and Event in Past, Present, and Future Ethnographic Tenses. American Anthropological Association. Philadelphia, PA.

2009    Dream Sharing as a Mechanism of Charismatic Church Routinization. Society for Psychological Anthropology & Society for the Anthro. of Religion. Pacific Grove, CA.

2009    Introduction: Artifacts of Imagination and Innovation in Pacific Oceania. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Santa Cruz, CA.

2009    Strategic Objectification of Past Relationships among the Asabano of Papua New Guinea. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Santa Cruz, CA.

2008    Assessing the Reality of Dream Images: A True-False Quiz in New Guinea. European Association of Social Anthropologists, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

2008    Distinguishing Imaginary from Real in an Intimate Society: More Complicated than One Would Think. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Canberra, Australia.

2008    Mirrors of Empathy: Perception and Imagination in Knowing One Another in Melanesia. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Canberra, NCD, Australia.

2007    The Continual Re-enchantment of the World: Cognitive and Perceptual Sources of Religion in Dream-Memories. American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC.

2007    Empathy as Perception, Empathy as Imagination: “Knowing” the Other in Melanesia. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Charlottesville, VA.

2007    The Anthropology of the Imagination Project: Initial Findings and Future Goals. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Charlottesville, VA.

2006    Empathy as Perception, Empathy as Imagination: “Knowing” the Other in Melanesia. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, San Diego, CA.

2005    Boiled Eggs with Chicks inside Them: Eating with the Asabano in a New Guinea Forest. American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC.

2005    To Have and to Destroy: Souvenirs of the Deceased in a New Guinea Village. European Society for Oceanists, Marseilles, France.

2005    Moral Connections among Objects, Memories, and Spirits in a Melanesian Culture. Society for the Anthropology of Religion.Vancouver, BC.

2005    Dreams of Fortune. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Lihu‘e, HI.

2004    Human-Directed Mystical Causation as Imagined by the Melanesian Asabano and Wisconsin Wiccans: Forms and Implications. American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, CA.

2004    Perpetuating and Ending Warfare among Peoples of the Om and Fu River Valleys, New Guinea. Canadian Anthropology Society, London, ON.

2004    Sexual Snakes Strike Again: Immortality Expressed and Explained in a New Guinea Myth. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Salem, MA.

2003    The Afterlife of Asabano Corpses: A Traditional Religious Archaeology in Papua New Guinea. American Anthropological Association, Chicago, IL.

2003    Values and Motivation behind Missionary Morality. Society for Psychological Anthropology, San Diego, CA.

2003    The Afterlife of Asabano Corpses. Canadian Archaeology Association, Hamilton, ON.

2003    The Origins of Missionary Morality: Diyos among the Asabano. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Vancouver, BC.

2003    The Permeable Border between Life and Death in an Asabano Myth. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Vancouver, BC.

2002    Imagery and Language Choice: Associations Directing Asabano Vernacular and Creole Uses. American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, LA.

2002    Spirits, Volition, and Conversion in New Guinea. Society for the Anthropology of Religion, Cleveland, OH.

2002    ‘Trutru’: Interpreting Asabano Religious Epistemology in the Conversion to Christianity. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Auckland, New Zealand.

2001    What’s So Super about Supernatural? Defining Qualities of Religion in Melanesia and Beyond. American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC.

2001    The Action of Memory in Cultural Reception, Storage, and Transmission. Society for Psychological Anthropology, Decatur, GA.

2001    “Trutru”: Interpreting Asabano Religious Epistemology in the Conversion to Christianity. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Miami, FL

2000    Modeling Belief Evaluation in Empirical Studies of Religious Conversion. American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, CA.

2000    Perception in Dream, Trance, and Alert States of Consciousness: A Comparison of Asabano Religious Experiences. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania,Vancouver, BC.

1999    The Sound of a Woman: Asabano Drums. American Anthropological Association, Chicago, IL.

1999    Asabano Religious Experiences in Two Traditions and Three Modes of Consciousness. Society for Psychological Anthropology. Albuquerque, NM.

1999    New Guinea Religious Experiences While Awake and Asleep Working. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Hilo, HI.

1999    Asabano Dreaming and Charismatic Christianity. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Hilo, HI.

1998    Consequences of the Introduction of Writing to Religious Cultural Transmission among the Asabano of Papua New Guinea. American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia.

1998    Bible and Revival among the Asabano of Papua New Guinea. Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Montréal, QC.

1998    Asabano Dreaming: The Role of Dreams in Religious Enculturation. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Pensacola, FL.

1996    Time and Religion: Anthropology and Asabano Ethnohistory. American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, CA.

1996    Making and Remaking the Sacred among the Asabano of Papua New Guinea before and after Conversion to Christianity. Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Nashville.

1995    New Patterns in Cultural Transmission and the End of Warfare in the Om-Fu River Valleys. Importing Cultures: Regional Transformations in Myth and Ritual in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea, Brisbane, Australia.

1993    Religious Experience and Expression as Forces of Cultural Evolution. American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC.

1990    The Flowering Ethnic Identity of the “Extinct” Tasmanian Race. Culture and Literature Symposium, Madison, WI.

 

INVITED LECTURES

Formal Colloquia and Addresses

2016    From Four Fields to One Discipline: Defining Anthropology into Existence. Keynote lecture, University of Toronto Mississauga Anthropology Society Conference.

2016    Topics, Not Subfields: What You Can Do to End Provincialism in Anthropology’s Cultural Spaces. Keynote lecture, Western Anthropology Graduate Student Conference. University of Western Ontario.

2011    Natural and Supernatural Explanations of Human Origins. 1st Annual Trent University Interdisciplinary Science Panel: From the Big Bang to You.

2007    Sexual Snakes Strike Again: Potential Meanings of a New Guinea Death Myth. Colloquium. Department of Anthropology, University of Western Ontario.

2003    Night Residues: Religious Change through Dreaming in Central New Guinea. Colloquium. Institut für Ethnologie, Universität Göttingen.

2003    Night Residues: Religious Change through Dreaming in Central New Guinea. Colloquium. Department of Anthropology, Trent University.

2003    Night Residues: Religious Change through Dreaming in Central New Guinea. Colloquium. Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto.

2003    A New Guinea Dream Psychology. Psychology Lecture Series. Department of Psychology, Berry College.

2003    Religious Conversion as Experienced by the Asabano of Papua New Guinea: Relationships among Spiritual Selves and Others. Colloquium. Department of Anthropology, Grand Valley State University.

2002    Dreaming and Charismatic Church Routinization among Asabano Baptists in Papua New Guinea. Colloquium. Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto.

2002    Spiritual Selves and Others within the Asabano. Colloquium. Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Bowdoin College.

2002    Imagery and Language Choice: Associations Directing Asabano Vernacular and Creole Uses. Colloquium. Department of Anthropology, Central Washington University.

2002    Plumbing the Asabano Soul: Volition and Religious Conversion in Papua New Guinea. Colloquium. Department of Anthropology, Central Washington University.

2002    Purpose and Perspective in Dream Interpretation, or, People I’ve Met in Other People’s Dreams in Papua New Guinea. Invited Plenary Address. Association for the Study of Dreams, Boston, MA.

2002    Insights on Religious Conversion from New Guinea Gut Feelings. Mind, Medicine, and Culture Seminar. Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles.

2001    Dreaming Up Religious Beliefs: A Melanesian Example. Seminar. Department of Anthropology, Oregon State University.

2001    Perception and Consciousness among the Asabano of Papua New Guinea: Observations on the Cognitive Foundations of Religion. Colloquium. Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon.

 

Informal Presentations and Guest Lectures.

2016    Spotlight on Social Sciences. Mini Lecture, March Open House, Trent Univ. Durham

2015    Escaping the Temple of Doom: The Anthropology of War and Peace. Humanities 101, Trent Durham.

2015    Spotlight on Social Sciences. Mini Lecture, November Open House, Trent Durham.

2015    Using Anthropology to End War and Maintain Peace. Mini Lecture, May Open House, Trent University Durham.

2015    What Your Family and a Tribe in New Guinea Share that Stops Capitalism in Its Tracks. Trent Durham Research Day.

2015    Culture’s Influence on Conscious States. What is Consciousness? Trent Philosophy Society, Peterborough.

2013    To New Guinea, In Search of the Supernatural. Explorers Club, Toronto, ON.

2013    Applied Anthropology. Fall Open House, Trent University Oshawa.

2013    The Human Animal. March Preview, Trent University Oshawa.

2012    Anthropology and University Life. New Student Orientation Day, Trent U. Oshawa.

2012    Cannibal War and Supernatural Peace in the New Guinea Jungle. Trent University Oshawa Research Day.

2012    Anthropology: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Humans but Were Afraid to Ask. Open House, Trent University Oshawa.

2011    The Anthropology of Bladerunner. Trent University Oshawa.

2011    How Dreaming Continually Re-Enchants Human Worlds. Trent University Oshawa Research Day.

2011    What Anthropology Can Tell You about Your Dreams. Trent University Oshawa Campus Open House.

2010    Evidence for the Supernatural: An Anthropological Adventure. Trent University Oshawa Sampling and Mingling Evening, Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

2006    Graduate School Information Session. Panel Member. Trent University in Oshawa.

2003    Exciting Careers in Anthropology. Panel Member. University of Toronto at Mississauga Career Centre and Anthropology Club of Erindale.

2002    Asabano Souls: The Reality of Religion in Papua New Guinea. Lecture. Sociology and Anthropology Club, College of Wooster.

1998    Stories from Papua New Guinea. Storytelling Festival. Memorial Union, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

1997    Asabano Dreaming. Cultural Brown Bag. Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

1996    Temporality among Asabano and Anthropologists. Cultural Brown Bag. Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

1996    Evidence for Religious Beliefs among the Asabano of Papua New Guinea. Lunch Talk. Department of Religious Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

1994    Religious Change among the Asabano of Sandaun Province. Seminar. Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work, University of Papua New Guinea.

1991    The Religious Situation in Central New Guinea. Anthropology Circle Lunch Talk. Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

1991    Spirit Women, Sorcerers, and their Christian Creatrix. Anthropology Circle Lunch Talk. Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

1989    Wantok and Urbanization in Papua New Guinea. Anthropology Circle Lunch Talk. Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

1988    Fieldwork among Wisconsin’s Witches. Anthropology Circle Lunch Talk. Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

 

Guest Lectures in Classes

2016    Using Anthropology to End War and Maintain Peace. Trent Talks. Course: Society, Challenge and Change (Grade 12 University). Virtual Learning Centre.

2015    Using Anthropology to End War and Maintain Peace. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School, Lindsay, ON. 50 Talks for 50 Schools, Trent University.

2014    Introduction to the Anthropology of Religion. Anthropology of Religion. Uni.of Toronto.

2013    Motives for Starting a Community Garden at Trent Oshawa. ESL Level 5. Trent Univ.

2012    How Canadian Political Parties Work. Studies in Social Policy. Trent University.

2011    How Canadian Political Parties Work. Studies in Social Policy. Trent University.

2005    Anthropology. Grades 1 & 5 Class. Duranmin Community School, Papua New Guinea. (co-presented with Heather M.-L. Miller).

2003    A Baptist Mission in Papua New Guinea. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. Berry College.

2003    Studying Religious Experience and Belief. Comparative Religions. Grand Valley State University.

2002    Fieldwork Methods and Adventures in Papua New Guinea. Introduction to Anthropology and Sociology. Denison University.

2002    Anthropology and a New Guinea Dream Psychology. Introduction to Psychology. College of Wooster.

2002    Linguistic Anthropology. Introduction to Anthropology. Central Washington University.

2002    Methods and Challenges of Fieldwork: Adventures in Papua New Guinea. Cultural Anthropology. Central Washington University.

2001    When a New Guinea Religion Met a Baptist Mission. Gods, Spirits, Witchcraft and Possession. Washington State University, Vancouver.

2000    Melanesian Tok Pisin: Learning a Creole in the Field. Language and Culture. Western Oregon University.

1999    Historical Linguistics. Introduction to Anthropology. College of Wooster.

1999    Entering Another Culture. Qualitative Research Methods. College of Wooster.

1998    Fieldwork among the Asabano. Cultural Anthropology. University of Wisconsin–Madison.

1998    Anthropological Fieldwork in Papua New Guinea. Great Scientists. University of Wisconsin–Madison.

1998    Religious Change. Introduction to Anthropology, College of Wooster.

1997    Subsistence Strategies of the Asabano. Joint meeting of Hunters and Gatherers & Archaeological Geology. Ripon College.

1997    Asabano Religion. Introduction to Anthropology. Ripon College.

1997    The Asabano of Papua New Guinea. Cultural Anthropology. University of Wisconsin–Madison.

1997    The Challenges of Fieldwork. General Anthropology. University of Wisconsin–Marshfield.

1993    Religion and Cultural Contact in Central New Guinea. Cultures of the World. University of Wisconsin–Madison.

1993    Religion and Ritual. Cultural Anthropology. University of Wisconsin–Madison.

 

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS

Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (Fellow)

European Society for Oceanists

 

COURSES TAUGHT (partial list)

 

Graduate

Ethnographic Method and Theory

Cultural Processes

 

Undergraduate

General Anthropology (1st year)

Applied Anthropology (1st year)

Linguistic Anthropology (1st and 2nd year)

Sociocultural Anthropology (1st and 2nd year)

Archaeology (1st and 2nd year)

Social Organization (3rd year)

Psychological Anthropology (3rd year)

Peoples of the Pacific (3rd year)

Peoples of Melanesia (3rd year)

Anthropological Theory (3rd year)

Anthropology of Religion (3rd and 4th year)

Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3rd year)

Ecological Anthropology (3rd year)

Ethnographic Methods (3rd year)

Cultural Dynamics (4th year)

 

THESIS SUPERVISION

Graduate

Sánchez, José

expected 2017

Faught, Natalie

expected 2017

Dahl, Shayne A. P.

2013    Knowing Means Connecting with the Source of Life: Sacred Knowledge and Ethics among Blackfoot Traditionalists. (M.A. Thesis, Anthropology Graduate Program, Trent University).

Garrett, Donald Ray, Jr.

2009    The Asabano People of Papua New Guinea and Their Medical System. (M.A. Thesis, Anthropology Graduate Program, Trent University).

Little, Christopher A. J. L.

2008    Becoming an Asabano: The Socialization of Asabano Children, Duranmin, West Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea. (M.A. Thesis, Anthropology Graduate Program, Trent University).

 

Undergraduate

Cotton-Kinch, Megan

2007    Conceptualizing AIDS in Southern Ontario. (B.A. Honours Thesis, Department of Anthropology, Trent University).

Artes, Sara Nichole

2002    Coke Culture: The Implications of the Consumption of Soft Drinks as an Alternative to Water in the Impoverished Communities of El Paso County and Ciudad Juárez. (Junior Independent Study, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, College of Wooster).

Black, Carly

2002    The Imagined Tourist: Travelers’ Perceptions of Themselves and East Africa. (Senior Independent Study, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, College of Wooster).

Gustafson, Sonia

2002    The Impact of AIDS on Rural Farming Communities in Western Kenya. (Senior Independent Study, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, College of Wooster).

Kunder, Melissa

2002    “It’s Always Going to Be a Part of You”: Serious Illness and Identity. (Senior Independent Study, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, College of Wooster).

McKee, Kathryn

2002    How They Stay Afloat: Maintaining Middle-Class Status in Female-Headed Households in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. (Junior Independent Study, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, College of Wooster).

Mischler, Karl

2002    Reasons for Ghost Belief among Members of the Ohio Ghost Hunters Society. (Junior Independent Study, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, College of Wooster).

Satyamurthy, Neela T.

2001    The Use of Religion among Hospice Dwellers. (Junior Independent Study, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, College of Wooster).

Young, Erin Rebecca

2001    Sex Industries and Campus Culture: A Sociological Perspective on Pornography and Sexual Promiscuity at the College of Wooster. (Junior Independent Study, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, College of Wooster).

 

M.A. Supervisory Committee Chair

2015–present   Sánchez, José, M.A., Trent University

2015–present   Faught, Natalie, M.A., Trent University

2010–2013      Dahl, Shayne A. P., M.A., Trent University

2006–2009      Garrett, Donald Ray, Jr. M.A., Trent University

2006–2008      Little, Christopher, M.A., Trent University

 

M.A. Supervisory Committee Member

2015–present   Zankhna Mody, M.A., Trent University

2013–2016      Lockett, Joshua, M.A., Trent University

2010–2014      Pond, Simon, M.A., Trent University

2008–2009      Houston-Dickson, Jamie-Lee, M.A., Trent University

2007–2013      Sine, Keri, M.A., Trent University

2005–2008      Surette, Flannery, M.A., Trent University

2005–2007      Blainey, Marc, M.A., Trent University

 

External Examiner

2013                Macdonald, Fraser. Ph.D. Thesis, The Australian National University

2010                Knapp, Regina Anne-Marie. Ph.D. Thesis, The Australian National University

2002                Abboud, Patricia. Senior Independent Study, College of Wooster

2002                Clay, Maia, Senior Independent Study, College of Wooster