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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 2018 2018

Research Outputs 2007 2019

Creation and destruction in Melanesian material culture

Hermkens, A-K., 2019, (Accepted/In press) The Melanesian world. Hirsch, E. & Rollason, W. (eds.). London; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 419-433 14 p. (Routledge Worlds).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Compte rendu de Unwrapping Tongan barkcloth. Encounters, Creativity and Female Agency par Fany Wonu Veys

Hermkens, A-K., Jul 2018, In : Journal de la Société des Océanistes. 146, p. 269-270 2 p.

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

Open Access
book review

Gender and material culture

Hermkens, A-K., 2018, The international encyclopedia of anthropology. Callan, H. (ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, p. 1-2 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary/reference bookResearchpeer-review


Marists, Marian devotion, and the quest for sovereignty in Bougainville

Hermkens, A-K., 27 Apr 2018, In : Social Sciences and Missions. 31, 1-2, p. 130-161 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

political interest
Papua-New Guinea

'Reaching across the ocean': barkcloth in Oceania and beyond

Hermkens, A-K., 26 Nov 2018, Pacific presences: volume 2: Oceanic art and European museums. Carreau, L., Clark, A., Jelinek, A., Lilje, E. & Thomas, N. (eds.). Leiden: Sidestone Press, p. 65-77 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Activities 2013 2015

  • 2 Editorial work

Oceania (Journal)

Anna-Karina Hermkens (Editor)
Mar 2015

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Intersections : gender and sexuality in Asia and the Pacific (Journal)

Anna-Karina Hermkens (Member of editorial board)
1 Jan 2013 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work