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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) and the impact of climate change on indigenous art productions in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville  and in Collingwood Bay, Papua New Guinea.

I am the convenor of the ART-Ethnography Lab The aim of the lab is to look at, and create work situated at the intersection of art and ethnography, with a particular focus on: a. collaborating with artists, b. creating art projects that are the result of ethnographic research, and c. working with artists who use ethnography in their work.

At MQ, I have convened various units, including Law and Development (ANTH330) and Pacific Cultures (ANTH300). I also covened ANTH225, the PACE unit of the Department of Anthropology, which had a strong focus on doing ethnography in museum and corporate (organisational) settings. I also convened ANTH3024 'Doing Ethnography', and I am currently convenor of ANTH2002 'Illness and Healing across Cultures'.


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