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Professor Eric Hirsch

Professor Eric Hirsch
Divisional Lead / Deputy Head of Department / Professor - Anthropology

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I initially trained as an engineer but later found that anthropology was what really interested me. I subsequently completed a PhD at the LSE based on fieldwork in Papua New Guinea.My intial research in the Papuan highlands was among the Fuyuge people and examined their ideas of landscape, myth, power and ritual and their mutual connections. I supplemented this work with historical research on colonial government and mission influences on the Fuyuge. Later research focused on the influences of a local mine and the effects of this on Fuyuge ideas of land ownership and cultural property.


  • PhD Anthropology (LSE)
  • MSc Anthropology (LSE)
  • BSc Civil Engineering (Missouri)

Newest selected publications

Rollason, W. and Hirsch, E. (2021) 'Compliance: Politics, Sociability and the Constitution of Collective Life'. Journal of Legal Anthropology, 5 (1). pp. 1 - 31. ISSN: 1758-9576 Open Access Link

Journal article

HIRSCH, E. (2020) 'Ancestral Presence Cosmology and Historical Experience in the Papuan Highlands'. Routledge. ISSN 10: 0367357933 ISSN 13: 9780367357931


Hirsch, E. and Rollason, W. (2019) 'The melanesian world'. London: Routledge. ISSN 10: 1138693715 ISSN 13: 9781138693715


Hirsch, EL. (2018) 'Beauty and captivation: Fuyuge gab and Gell’s anthropological theory of art', in Bunn, S. (ed.) Anthropology and Beauty From Aesthetics to Creativity. Abingdon : Routledge. pp. 82 - 97. ISBN 10: 1317400542. ISBN 13: 9781138928794.

Book chapter

Hirsch, E. (2014) 'Foucault among the Melanesianists'. Oceania, 84 (1). pp. 69 - 79. ISSN: 0029-8077

Journal article
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