College Fellows and Staff

Dr Stasch

Dr Rupert Stasch

Fellow in HSPS (Sociology and Politics)

Director of Studies in Human, Social and Political Sciences

College Room: S4

Dept. Tel: +44 1223 3 34595


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Selected Publications


2009. Society of Others: Kinship and Mourning in a West Papuan Place. University of California Press.

Edited Volumes

2015. Primitivist Tourism. Ethnos 80(4). Editor’s introduction: “Double Signs and Intrasocietal Heterogeneity in Primitivist Tourism Encounters.”

2014. Rituals and Annals: Between Anthropology and History , by Valerio Valeri. Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, Classics Series, Volume 2. “Editor’s Introduction.”

2012. [co-edited with Alan Rumsey] Interlingual Articulations in Asia and the Pacific: Figuring Sociocultural Otherness through Otherness of Linguistic Codes. Afterword: “On Relationality of Codes and the Indexical Iconicity of Linguistic Otherness within Wider Value Formations.”


2015. How an Egalitarian Polity Structures Tourism and Restructures Itself around It. Ethnos 80(4).

2014. Powers of Incomprehension: Linguistic Otherness, Translators, and Political Structure in New Guinea Tourism Encounters. Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 4 (2): 73-94.

2014. Primitivist Tourism and Romantic Individualism: On the Values in Exotic Stereotypy about Cultural Others. Anthropological Theory 14(3):191-214.

2013. The Poetics of Village Space When Villages are New: Settlement Form as History-Making in West Papua. American Ethnologist 40(3): 555-570.

2011. Ritual and Oratory Revisited: The Semiotics of Effective Action. Annual Review of Anthropology 40:159-174.

2011. Korowai Treehouses and the Everyday Representation of Time, Belonging, and Death. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 12(3): 327-347.

2011. Textual Iconicity and the Primitivist Cosmos: Chronotopes of Desire in Travel Writing about Korowai of West Papua. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 21(1):1-21.

2011. Word Avoidance as a Relation-Making Act: A Paradigm for Analysis of Name Utterance Taboos. Anthropological Quarterly 84(1):101-120.

2011. The Camera and the House: The Semiotics of New Guinea “Treehouses” in Global Visual Culture. Comparative Studies in Society and History 53(1):75-112.

2010. The Category ‘Village’ in Melanesian Social Worlds: Some Theoretical and Methodological Possibilities. Paideuma, Mitteilungen zur Kulturkunde 56:41-62.

2008. Knowing Minds is a Matter of Authority: Political Dimensions of Opacity Statements in Korowai Moral Psychology. Anthropological Quarterly 81(2): 443-453.

2008. Referent-Wrecking in Korowai: A New Guinea Abuse Register as Ethnosemiotic Protest. Language in Society 37(1):1-25.

2003. The Semiotics of World-Making in Korowai Feast Longhouses. Language & Communication 23(3/4):359-383.

2003. Separateness as a Relation: The Iconicity, Univocality, and Creativity of Korowai Mother-in-law Avoidance. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (n.s.) 9(2):311-329.

2002. Joking Avoidance: A Korowai Pragmatics of Being Two. American Ethnologist 29(2):335-365.

2001. Giving Up Homicide: Korowai Experience of Witches and Police. Oceania 72(1):33-52.

1996. Killing as Reproductive Agency: Dugong, Pigs, and Humanity among the Kiwai, circa 1900. Anthropos 91: 359-379.

Book Chapters

2015. From Primitive Other to Papuan Self: Korowai Engagement with Ideologies of Unequal Human Worth in Encounters with Tourists, State Officials, and Education. In From ‘Stone-Age’ to ‘Real-Time': Exploring Papuan Temporalities, Mobilities, and Religiosities, ed. Martin Slama and Jenny Munro, pp. 59-94. Canberra: ANU Press.

2014. Afterword: Strangerhood, Pragmatics, and Place in the Dialectics of Monster and Norm. In Monster Anthropology in Australasia and Beyond, ed. Yasmine Musharbash and Geir Presterudstuen, pp. 195-214. Palgrave Macmillan.

2014. Toward Symmetric Treatment of Imaginaries: Nudity and Payment in Tourism to Papua’s “Treehouse People”. In Tourism Imaginaries: Anthropological Approaches, ed. Noel Salazar and Nelson Graburn, pp. 31-56. Berghahn.

2014. Linguistic Anthropology and Sociocultural Anthropology. In The Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Anthropology, ed. N.J. Enfield, Paul Kockelman, and Jack Sidnell, pp. 604-621. Cambridge University Press.

2007. Demon Language: The Otherness of Indonesian in a Papuan Community. In Bambi Schieffelin and Miki Makihara, eds., Consequences of Contact: Language Ideologies and Sociocultural Transformations in Pacific Societies, pp. 96-124. Oxford University Press.