Wednesday Seminar (28 March): Mark Mosko ‘”Break” or Bwekasa?: Christian Conversion as Sacrifice in the Trobriand Islands’

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Coombs Extension, Room 1.13 9:30 – 11:00 am In this paper I examine two issues that have arisen in the burgeoning study of Christianity in the Pacific and beyond:¬† the extent to which conversion to Christianity amounts to a case of fundamental rupture or continuity in people’s religious commitments, and specifically whether such shifts of […]

Book launch (13 April): Hannah Bulloch ‘In Pursuit of Progress: Narratives of Development on a Philippine Island’

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Time:¬†Friday 13 April¬†3-5pm¬†(in place of the¬†Friday¬†anthropology seminar) Venue: Rm 1.04, Coombs Ext. Building, ANU Registration required https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/in- pursuit-of-progress-narratives-of- development-on-a-philippine-island- tickets-44126627932 How are meta-narratives of development entangled in people‚Äôs identities and life trajectories? How do they inhabit people‚Äôs histories, their understandings of their place in the world, and their dreams for the future? The idea of […]

Wednesday Seminar (21 March): Jennifer Alexander ‘Migration, Imagination and Identity in Modern Sarawak’

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This analysis of changing perceptions of ethnic identity in Sarawak revolves around migration and imagination. The research is based on a case study of one longhouse and their imagined community from the mid-1980s on the Balui River to their resettlement in the Bakun Resettlement Scheme in 1998. One of fifteen longhouse communities, belonging to five […]

Anthropology Coastal Retreat 2018

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To the ANU anthropology community We are pleased to announce that the anthropology Kioloa coastal retreat will be happening this year – Hurrah! *Anthropology PhD students and staff from across the ANU’s schools and departments are invited* The anthropology coastal retreat has been something of a tradition for many years now. The weekend together – […]

Wednesday seminar (14 March): Siobhan McDonnell ‘Masters of Modernity: Property, Landownership and Masculine Desire’

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Coombs Extension, Room 1.13 9:30 – 11:00 am In the last two decades, a large-scale land rush has taken place in Vanuatu with over ten percent of the customary estate now leased.¬† On Efate Island, which hosts the capital city of Port Vila and which provides the major site for the ethnographic research outlined in […]

ANU Anthropology #7 in the World

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The Australian National University (ANU) has reaffirmed its position as a leading global university in the study of Anthropology with the latest QS rankings. The 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject ranked ANU Anthropology at seventh in the world, followed by Politics at eight, and Development Studies and Earth Sciences both at nine. Overall, […]

Upcoming conference- Cambodia on the Brink: Towards the 2018 Elections (9 March 2018)

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PUBLIC CONFERENCE | 9 MARCH 2018 The run up to Cambodia‚Äôs July 2018 elections has already seen the curtailment of political freedoms, an increase in politically motivated prosecutions, and the dissolution of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). This special forum brings together scholars, civil society and political leaders to discuss the effects of […]

Upcoming Conference: ‘Living Politics: Self Help and Autonomous Action in East Asia and Beyond’ (14-16 March 2018)

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How can we bring politics back to life in the age of Trump, Putin, Brexit and post-truth? The conference is the culmination of the ARC Laureate Project Informal Life Politics in Northeast Asia: New Perspectives on Social Transitions from Cold War to Post Cold War, conducted by Professor Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Dr Tom Cliff, Dr Shuge […]