The West Indies and modernity, Kingston, Jamaica, cosmopolitanism, Kantian anthropology and epistemology, international migration, creolisation, rationality and judgement, comedy and mischief, imagination and perception.
Research on Knowledge practices, ritual, gardening, mining, property rights. Papua New Guinea. Anthropology of Melanesia, knowledge-practices, 'secrecy', male initiation ritual, taro horticulture, anthropological epistemology, impacts of and responses to the Ok Tedi mine (see here for a detailed description) , machine-thinking, perpetual motion, genetic engineering, climate change.
Regional focus: Namibia, Ghana and African Diaspora in Britain, London. Topical interests include: postcolonial studies, the state, citizenship, elites and education, youth and popular culture, gender, morality, civil society and the public space, religion, diaspora and transnationalism, entrepreneurship and new information technology, ethnographic film-making, mental health and illness narratives.
Medical anthropology, history of medicine, infectious disease epidemics, zoonosis, plague, animal-human relations, medical epistemology, biopolitics, medical visual culture, photography, Global Health, existential risk, colonialism, China, South Siberia, Manchuria
Professor of Anthropological and Philosophical Studies
Individuality, globalism and cosmopolitanism, symbolic interactionism and conversation analysis, literary and philosophical anthropology, consciousness, identity and narrative; human rights and liberalism; the ethnography of the England, Newfoundland, Israel and Scotland.
Fiji and the Pacific, and Melanesia. Theoretical interests include: exchange processes; spatio-temporality as a dimension of human being; sociality, kinship and ideas of the person; the analysis of ritual; epistemology; ontogeny as a historical process.