From New Guinea to
New Minglewood: Notes Towards an Aesthetic
the Grateful Dead. Unbroken Chain: The Grateful Dead
Culture and Memory. University of Massachusetts at
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.
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.
and the Sepik Sublime. Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), 2003.
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.
and Contemporary Opposition to Circumcision. Annual Conference of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association, Cleveland, OH, 2002.
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,
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.
of Culinary Desire: Iatmul Food, Levi-Strauss=s Culinary Triangle, and Psychoanalysis. ASAO, Florida, 2001.
A Symbolic Critique of the Male Circumcision Controversy. AAA, San Francisco, CA, 2000.
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.
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.
and Other Transnational Dilemmas: Lessons from Sepik River Tourism, Shona Sculpture and the New Guinea Sculpture Garden at
Stanford University. AAA, Washington, DC, 1997.
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.
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.
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,
and the Moral: Ritual Figurations of the Body and Society in Iatmul Naven Ceremonies. ASAO, Kailua‑Kona, HI, 1993.
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.)
A Cosmic Substance. AAA, San Francisco, 1992.
Iatmul Naven Ceremonies
and a Poetics of Self and Society. AAA, Chicago, 1991.
Childe, Essentialism, and the Irony of the "Archaeological Object." V. Gordon Childe Centenary Conference, University
of Queensland, Australia, 1990. (in absentia)