Eric Kline Silverman

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   From New Guinea to New Minglewood: Notes Towards an Aesthetic Theory

   of the Grateful Dead.  Unbroken Chain: The Grateful Dead In Music,  

   Culture and Memory.  University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 

   November 2007.

Are There Fathers in Melanesia?  A Conceptual History of Fatherhood in Melanesian Anthropology, with Reflections on 'Modern' Fathers in the Sepik River of Papua New Guinea.  For session Parenting and Childhood in the Pacific.  Annual Meeting of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO), Kauai, Hawaii, 2005.

Re-Focusing Bateson's Lens: A Long-Overdue Appreciation of the 1938 Photos and Films from the Sepik River, Papua New Guinea.  For a Presidential Session, Gregory Bateson and the Science of Mind and Pattern.  Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), Atlanta, 2005.

From the Melanesian Men’s House to the Minyan: Anthropological Reflections on Teaching Jewish Studies after Teaching about New Guinea. For the session Teaching Yidl in the Middle: Issues in Teaching Jewish Studies to Non-Jewish Students.  Annual Meeting of the Association for Jewish Studies, Chicago, 2004.

From Wimp to Warrior and Boxer?! Popular Images of Jewish Masculinity.  For the session Jews, Gender, and Popular Culture.  Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, 2004.

 Leaf, Tide, and the Sepik Sublime.  Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), 2003.

Contemporary Fathering and Parenthood among American Jews.  Annual Meeting of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association, Omaha, 2003.

High Art as Tourist Art, Tourist Art as High Art: Comparing the New Guinea Sculpture Garden at Stanford University with Sepik River Tourist Art.  ASAO, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2003.

Jews, Judaism, and Contemporary Opposition to Circumcision. Annual Conference of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association, Cleveland, OH, 2002.

Bodily Inscriptions and Topographic Traces: Memory of Culture in the Sepik River of Papua New Guinea. Invited paper, AAnthropology of Memory@ Conference, Laboratoire d'anthropologie sociale of the Collège de France, Paris, 2002.

Rewriting an Anthropological Efflorescence: The Iatmul Fieldwork of Mead and Bateson. Session in honor of the Margaret Mead Centennial, AAA, Washington, DC, 2001.

Discussant for session "Rethinking Bateson," Society for Psychological Anthropology, Atlanta, 2001.

Mead and Bateson in the Sepik, 1938: Reconstructing a Lost Anthropological Efflorescence.  ASAO, Florida, 2001.

The Color of Culinary Desire: Iatmul Food, Levi-Strauss=s Culinary Triangle, and Psychoanalysis. ASAO, Florida, 2001.

Anti Anti-Circumcision: A Symbolic Critique of the Male Circumcision Controversy. AAA, San Francisco, CA, 2000.

A Morning of Melancholy: Iatmul Funerary Emotion, Embodiment and Time.  For session "Death in the Sepik and Beyond." AAA, Chicago, 1999.

The Role of Women in Eastern Iatmul Naven Rites and the Tragedy of Male Initiation. ASAO, Pensacola, 1998.

The Sonorous Self in New Guinea: The Cultural Symbolism of Bamboo Flute Music and the Aesthetics of Personal Identity.  Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Bloomington, IN, 1998.

Sepik River Selves in a Changing Modernity: From Bateson and Mead to the Psychodynamic "I" of Dislocated Desire. AAA, Philadelphia, PA, 1998.

Melanesian Maps and the Triumph of Culture: Aesthetics, Environment and Representation. Invited paper for session on Indigenous Cartography, Annual meeting of the Social Science History Association, Chicago, 1998.

Art, Authenticity and Other Transnational Dilemmas: Lessons from Sepik River Tourism, Shona Sculpture and the New Guinea Sculpture Garden at Stanford University.  AAA, Washington, DC, 1997.

Fixing Identity in a Fluid World: Knowledge, Totemism and Art in the Sepik River and Aboriginal Australia.  Invited paper, "From Myth to Minerals: Place, Narrative, Land and Transformation in Australia and New Guinea," Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 1997.

Cannibals and Culture, Commoditization and Creativity: Understanding Tourism in the Sepik River, ASAO, 1997. Previous drafts presented in 1996, Kailua-Kona, HI, and 1995, Clearwater, FL.

The Gender of Myth and Mythic Gender: Are There Heroines in Iatmul Myth? ASAO, San Diego, 1997.

The Silent Aesthetic of Desire: Psychodynamic Perspectives on Iatmul Art, Gender and the Body.  AAA, San Francisco, 1996.

Symbolism of Iatmul Canoes, Houses and Bodies.  ASAO, Kailua-Kona, HI, 1996.

Person, Shame and Conduct in New Guinea.  AAA, Washington, DC, 1995.

Sepik River Tourist Art: Aesthetic Responses to Changing Identity. Art of the Sepik River Conference, Stanford University, CA, 1994.

The Tropics of History and Time in a Sepik River Society.  ASAO, San Diego, 1994.  (A previous version was presented in 1993, Kailua‑Kona, HI.)

The Grotesque and the Moral: Ritual Figurations of the Body and Society in Iatmul Naven Ceremonies.  ASAO, Kailua‑Kona, HI, 1993.

Orificial Imagery in Art and Myth and the Cultural Construction of Space in Sepik River and Northwest Coast Societies.  AAA, Washington, DC, 1993. (co-authored with Danielle Brain, a fifth-year senior at DePauw Univ.)

Iatmul Paint: A Cosmic Substance.  AAA, San Francisco, 1992.

Iatmul Naven Ceremonies and a Poetics of Self and Society. AAA, Chicago, 1991.

V. Gordon Childe, Essentialism, and the Irony of the "Archaeological Object."  V. Gordon Childe Centenary Conference, University of Queensland, Australia, 1990.  (in absentia)