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Research interests

My research covers Cultural Anthropology, Art and Anthropology, Historical Anthropology, Museum Studies, Gender Studies and Religious Studies/ Pilgrimage Studies. I have done done fieldwork in West Papua (Jayapura area), the North Moluccas (Ternate), Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby, Madang, Collingwood Bay and Bougainville) and Solomon Islands (Guadalcanal-Marau area). Using gender as an analytical tool to unravel issues of identity and power, I have focused on the changing gender dynamics of barkcloth art among the Maisin people in Collingwood Bay and the interplay between religious identity, ideology and violence/ conflict in Ternate and Papua New Guinea. Most recently, I am looking at the interplay between faith and eco-conflict (tensions surrounding logging and mining) in the Pacific.

At MQ, I have convened various units, including Law and Development (ANTH330) and Pacific Cultures (ANTH300). I am currently convening ANTH225, the PACE unit of the Department of Anthropology, which has a strong focus on doing ethnography in museum and corporate (organisational) settings. 

Together with Dr Banu Senay, I convene the department's colloquium series.

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Projects

Research Outputs

Fast money schemes: hope and deception in Papua New Guinea

Hermkens, A-K., Mar 2020, In : Pacific Affairs. 93, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article/Exhibition review

  • How materials matter: design, innovation and materiality in the Pacific

    Hermkens, A-K., 2020, In : Anthropos. 115, 1, p. 286-288 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article/Exhibition review

  • Marian Mercy Mission

    Hermkens, A-K., 22 Mar 2020, World Religions and Spirituality.

    Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteWebsite contribution

    Open Access
  • The Bougainville Referendum: from holy war to renewal?

    Hermkens, A-K., 20 Jul 2020, Georgetown journal of international affairs.

    Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteWebsite contribution

    Open Access
  • Creation and destruction in Melanesian material culture

    Hermkens, A-K., 2019, The Melanesian world. Hirsch, E. & Rollason, W. (eds.). London; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 419-433 15 p. (The Routledge Worlds).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Activities

    • 3 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
    • 3 Editorial work
    • 3 Invited talk
    • 2 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...

    American Anthropological Association (AAA/CASCA) annual meeting

    Anna-Karina Hermkens (Chair)
    21 Nov 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

    American Anthropological Association (AAA/CASCA) annual meeting

    Anna-Karina Hermkens (Participant)
    21 Nov 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

    Women’s Wealth Revalued

    Anna-Karina Hermkens (Organiser)
    20 Mar 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Pacific Arts Association

    Anna-Karina Hermkens (Organiser)
    27 Mar 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Creation, Decay and Destruction: Predicaments of Papua New Guinean Things

    Anna-Karina Hermkens (Speaker)
    3 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk