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Research interests

I am a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at Macquarie University. My doctoral thesis draws on six months of fieldwork conducted in an Asmat village among a local carving community (West Papua, Indonesia). My research project focuses on Asmat woodcarvers’ search for the prestige and life power they previously would have obtained through now-abandoned ritual practices (headhunting and cannibalism). In doing so, I explore the impact of local Christian theology on artistic practices; new paradigms of leadership and talent; the quest for self-representation in the West and reciprocity in non-Asmat relations; and local ruminations about history and nostalgia.

External positions

Membre affilié, University of Fribourg

2019 → …

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Research Outputs

  • 3 Article
  • 1 Book
  • 1 Book/Film/Article/Exhibition review
  • Authentic primitive art and Indigenous global desires between reality and hyperreality

    Costa, R., 2019, In : Transcultural Studies. 10, 2, p. 194-214 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    First encounters: portraits and atmospheres from Indonesia

    Translated title of the contribution: Primi contatti: visi e atmosfere dall'IndonesiaCosta, R., 2018, Rome: Aracne Editrice. 129 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Unfinished: the anthropology of becoming

    Costa, R., Dec 2018, In : The Australian Journal of Anthropology. 29, 3, p. 391-392 2 p.

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

  • The Marginal role of West New Guinea in the Unitary Indonesian Project: a historical perspective

    Costa, R., 2016, In : Quaderni Asiatici. 115, p. 23-43 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle