Scholarly Writings

Select Writings about Papua New Guinea, Jewish Studies, and other Topics


Papua New Guinea

Totemism, Tourism, and Trucks: The Changing Meanings of Paint and Colors in a Sepik River Society. Under review, Le Journal de la Société des Océanistes.

Painted Faces, Cannibalistic Desires, and Dirty Clothing: Cultural Dialogics and Embodiment in Sepik River Tourism, Papua New Guinea. Book chapter abstract accepted for Tourism and Embodiment, C. Palmer and H. Andrews, eds., book precis under review by Routledge Press.

The Sepik River: Sublime, Nourishing, Catastrophic. For inclusion in The Social Life of Rivers, J. Wagner and J. Jacka, eds., Canberra: Australia National University e-press. In press.

Introduction: Mortuary Ritual, Modern Social Theory, and the Historical Moment in Pacific Modernity. Co-authored with D. Lipset. In Mortuary Dialogues: Death Ritual and the Reproduction of Moral Community in Pacific Modernities, 2016, D. Lipset and E.K. Silverman, eds., pp. 1-24. New York and Oxford: Berghahn.

Funerary Failures: Traditional Uncertainties and Modern Families in the Sepik River. In Mortuary Dialogues: Death Ritual and the Reproduction of Moral Community in Pacific Modernities, 2016, D. Lipset and E.K. Silverman, eds., pp. 177-207. New York and Oxford: Berghahn.

The Waters of Mendangumeli: A Psychoanalytic Interpretation of a New Guinea Flood Myth. Journal of American Folklore 129 (51) 2016: 171-202.

Commentary: Modernism, Jews and Frazer. Special Issue: Descent from Israel: Jewish Identities in the Pacific, Past and Present, Oceania 85 (3) 2015: 359-75.

After Cannibal Tours: Cargoism and Marginality in a Post-Touristic Sepik River Society. The Contemporary Pacific 25 (2013) 221-57.

From Cannibal Tours to Cargo Cult: On the Aftermath of Tourism in the Sepik River, Papua New Guinea. Tourism Studies 12 (2012) 109-30.

Moderate Expectations and Benign Exploitation: Tourism in Papua New Guinea. 2008. In Tourism at the Grass Roots: Villagers and Visitors in the Asia Pacific. John Connell and Barbara Rugendyke, eds. pp. 58-76. London: Routledge.

Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson in the Sepik, 1938: A Timely Polemic from a Lost Anthropological Efflorescence: The Iatmul Fieldwork Of Mead and Bateson. Pacific Studies 28 (2005) 128-41.

Dialogics of the Body: The Moral and the Grotesque in Two Sepik River Societies. Co-authored with D. Lipset. Journal of Ritual Studies 19 (2005) 17-52.

Sepik River Selves in a Changing Modernity: From Sahlins to Psychodynamics. In The Making of Global and Local Modernities in Melanesia: Humiliation, Transformation and the Nature of Cultural Change. 2005. J. Robbins and H. Wardlow, eds. pp. 85-101. Burlington: Ashgate.

Cannibalizing, Commodifying, and Creating Culture: Power and Creativity in Sepik River Tourism. In Globalization and Culture Change in the Pacific Islands. 2004. V. Lockwood, ed. pp. 339-57. Prentice-Hall.

Iatmul. In Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender. 2004. C.R. Ember and M. Ember, eds. Pp. 487-97. New York: Kluwer/Plenum.

High Art as Tourist Art, Tourist Art as High Art: Comparing the New Guinea Sculpture Garden at Stanford University and Sepik River Tourist Art. International Journal of Anthropology 18 (2003) 219-30. (Special Issue, Conceptualizing World Art Studies, E. Venbrux and P.C. Rosi, eds.) Reprinted in Exploring World Art, E. Venbrux, P.S. Rosi, and R.L. Welsch, eds., 2006, pp.271-84. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.

From Totemic Space to Cyberspace: Transformations in Sepik River and Aboriginal Australian Myth, Knowledge and Art. In Emplaced Myth: Space, Narrative and Knowledge in Aboriginal Australia and Papua New Guinea Societies. 2001. J. Weiner and A. Rumsey, eds. pp. 189-214. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

Art, Tourism and the Crafting of Identity in the Sepik River (Papua New Guinea). In Unpacking Culture: Art and Commodity in Colonial and Postcolonial Worlds. 2001. R. Phillips and C. Steiner, eds. pp. 51-66. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Tourism in the Sepik River of Papua New Guinea: Favoring the Local over the Global. Pacific Tourism Review 4 (2000) 105-19. (Special Issue, Local Perspectives on Global Tourism in South East Asia and the Pacific Region, H. Dahles and T. van Meijl, eds.)

Indigenous Mapping in Papua New Guinea. In The History of Cartography, Vol. 2, Book 3: Cartography in the Traditional African, American, Arctic, Australian, and Pacific Societies. 1998. D. Woodward and G. Malcolm Lewis, eds. pp. 423-42. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (This book received the American Historical Association’s James Henry Breasted Prize for 1999)

Politics, Gender, and Time in Melanesia and Aboriginal Australia. Ethnology 36 (1997) 101-21.

The Gender of the Cosmos: Totemism, Embodiment and Society in the Sepik River. Oceania 67 (1996) 30-49.

Body Arts Melanesia. In The Dictionary of Art, Vol. 23. 1996. J pp. 721-22. London: MacMillan.

The Art of Papua New Guinea: Cultural Traditions of the Sepik River. 1998. Exhibition Catalog with essay. University Gallery, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville.

Select Writings about Jewish Studies

The Kippa: Weaving Tradition and Modernity. In press. JMB Journal (Jewish Museum of Berlin).

Aboriginal Yarmulkes, Ambivalent Attire, and Ironies of Contemporary Jewish Identity. In Fashioning Jews: Clothing, Culture, and Commerce. 2013. L. Greenspoon, ed. pp. 177-205. Studies in Jewish Civilization, Vol. 24. Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press.

Circumcision and Masculinity: Motherly Men or Brutal Patriarchs? In Jewish Masculinity: New Perspectives. 2010. H. Brod Rabbi S.I. Zevit, eds. pp. 34-56. Harriman, TN: Men’s Studies Press.

Identity and Gender in Traditional Jewish Dress. Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, Vol. 3, Part 5, 2010.

The Cut of Wholeness: Psychoanalytic Interpretations of Biblical Circumcision. In The Covenant of Circumcision: New Perspectives on an Ancient Jewish Rite. 2003. E.W. Mark, ed. pp. 43-57. University Press of New England/Brandeis University Press.

Other Select Scholarly writings

Anthropology and Circumcision. Annual Review of Anthropology 33 (2004) 419-45.

Magic and the Grateful Dead: An Anthropological Reflection on Music and Enchantment. Book chapter abstract under review for Music and Magic, special issue of Popular Music.

Mysteries Dark and Vast: Grateful Dead Concerts and the Initiation into the Sublime. In The Grateful Dead in Concert: Essays on Live Improvisation. 2010. S. Spector and J. Tuedio, eds. Pp. 214-31. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co.

Clifford Geertz: Towards A More “Thick” Understanding? In Reading Material Culture: Structuralism, Hermeneutics and Post Structuralism. 1990. C. Tilley, ed. pp. 121 59. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

Circumcision, Male. In The Chicago Companion to the Child. pp. 168-71. Chicago University Press. 2009.

Anthropology of Time. In International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. 2001. pp. 15683–86. Oxford: Pergamon.

Symbolism: Cosmic. In The Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World, Vol. 1. 1997. pp. 586-87. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.