Dr Christine May Dureau

BA(Hons 1) (Monash) , PhD (Macq)

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Senior Lecturer


  • Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology
  • Graduate Advisor, Anthropology

Research interests

Social Anthropology, Historical Ethnography, Vernacular Christianity, Missionary Culture, Gender, Memory, Melanesia, Western Solomons

Research | Current

  • Conversion
  • Melanesian Christianities
  • Religion

I an a historical anthropologist with long-term research interests in religion--particularly Christianity, conversion, vernacularization and missionary culture--gender, memory and colonial cultures. My research has been primarily focused on the cultural and religious history of the New Georgia Group, Western Solomon Islands and on the Australian and New Zealand Methodist Mission to the Western Solomons 1903-68. 

Dr Christine Dureau's Research

Teaching | Current

ANTHRO 250 World-view and Religion

ANTHRO 310 Reading Ethnography

ANTHRO 319 World-view and Religion

ANTHRO 336 Race and Ethnicity

ANTHRO 714AB Anthropological Theory and the Contemporary World

ANTHRO 738 Special Topic: Anthropology & World Religions

ANTHRO 742 Contact and Colonialism

Areas of expertise

Conversion, Melanesian Christianities, Religion

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Meher, M., Trnka, S., & Dureau, C. (2017). Pollution and Intimacy in a Transcendent Ethics of Care: A Case of Aged-care in India. Ethnos, 1-16. 10.1080/00141844.2017.1341423
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Susanna Trnka
  • Dureau, C. M. (2015). Christian In/Dividuals? Christian Personhood on Simbo, Western Solomon Islands. In M. Fuchs, A. Linkenbach-Fuchs, W. Reinhard (Eds.) Individualisierung Durch Christliche Mission? (pp. 666-678). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28178
  • Dureau, C. M. (2014). Acknowledging Ancestors: The Vexations of Representation. In Hviding, E, C. Berg (Eds.) The Ethnographic Experiment: A.M. Hocart and W.H.R. Rivers in Island Melanesia, 1908 (pp. 44-70). Oxford, UK: Berghahn. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28223
  • Trnka, S., Dureau, C., & Park, J. (Eds.) (2013). Senses and Citizenships: Embodying Political Life. London and New York: Routledge. Pages: 304.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Julie Park, Susanna Trnka
  • Trnka, S., Dureau, C., & Park, J. K. (2013). Introduction: Senses and Citizenships. In Trnka, Dureau, Park (Eds.) Senses and Citizenships: Embodying Political Life (pp. 1-32). London ; New York: Routledge.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Julie Park, Susanna Trnka
  • Dureau, C. M. (2012). Translating Love. Ethos, 40 (2), 142-163. 10.1111/j.1548-1352.2012.01244.x
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32273
  • Dureau, C. M. (2012). The Death of a Key Symbol. Journal of the Polynesian Society, 121 (1), 11-32. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32078
  • Dureau, C. M. (2012). Christian In/Dividuals on Simbo, Western Solomon Islands. Paper presented at Individualization through Christian Missionary Activity?, Erfurt, Germany. 25 April - 28 April 2012. Related URL.

Contact details

Primary location

Level 8 , Room 852
New Zealand