Dr Michael O'Hanlon



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Teaching and research interests

Melanesia, Papua New Guinea Highlands; visual anthropology, objectification and modernity, museology, social structure.

Michael O'Hanlon's fieldwork is in Highland Papua New Guinea , where he has done long-term, broad-based ethnography but with a particular focus on visual and moral systems, kinship, politics and material culture among the Wahgi people. He has also worked on the ethnography of museums and of collecting. His full-time post is as Director of the Pitt Rivers Museum.


An unsolicited portrait painted by Kaipel Ka, a Wahgi (New Guinea Highland) shield decorator and part-time sign-writer


For a list of publications, please click here.

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