Distinguished Guest Seminar: Professor Andrew J. Strathern & Professor Pamela J. Stewart (Strathern)

Event details

SSGM Seminar

Date & time

Friday 03 May 2019


Seminar room 1.32, China in the World Building, Building 188, Fellows Lane, ANU
ANU Canberra


Professor Andrew J. Strathern & Professor Pamela J. Stewart (Strathern)



DPA is honored to host a late-notice seminar with leading University of Pittsburgh-based anthropologists Andrew J. Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart, on the subject of Current Arenas of Research: The Pacific.

The seminar will be informal and will provide an opportunity for scholars working in Papua New Guinea, the Pacific, and Taiwan to note their research projects.

Professors Stewart and Strathern have conducted extensive field research in a number of global arenas, including among the Hagen, Duna, and Wiru people of Highlands Papua New Guinea, with whom they have collectively worked for many years.

They have published over 50 books, over 80 prefaces for the books of other scholars, and hundreds of articles, book chapters, and essays on their research in the Pacific (mainly Papua New Guinea and the South-West Pacific region, e.g., Samoa, Cook Islands, and Fiji); Asia (mainly Taiwan, and also including Mainland China and Japan); Europe (primarily Scotland, Ireland, Germany and the European Union countries in general); as well as New Zealand and Australia.

The husband and wife team co-direct the Cromie Burn Research Unit and the Okari Research Group. Areas of particular interest to Stewart and Strathern are Environment / Conservation; Language Issues and Cognition; Disaster Studies; Medical Anthropology; Heritage; Religious and Ritual Studies; Current Archeological Research; Land Issues and Ownership Controversies; and Peacemaking.

Stewart and Strathern are the Series Editors for the new Palgrave Studies in Disaster Anthropology. For many years Stewart and Strathern served as Associate Editor and General Editor (respectively) for the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania book series. They currently edit three book series with Carolina Academic Press: Ritual Studies; Medical Anthropology; and European Anthropology; and they are the longstanding Co-Editors of the Journal of Ritual Studies. They also are the Series Editors for Anthropology and Cultural History in Asia and the Indo-Pacific with Routledge Publishing. They are on the editorial boards of the journals Shaman and Religion and Society. They are the Co-Leaders of the University of Pittsburgh’s Study Abroad program Pitt in the Pacific in New Zealand.

A recent Bio Sketch for Stewart and Strathern can be found here

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