Dr Christine May Dureau

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

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Senior Lecturer


  • Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology
  • Convenor of Discipline

Research interests

Cultural 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 211 Human Sex, Gender and Sexuality

ANTHRO 250 Worldview and Religion

ANTHRO 310 Reading Ethnography

ANTHRO 319 Worldview and Religion

ANTHRO 342 Human Sex, Gender and Sexuality

ANTHRO 738 Special Topic: Anthropology & World Religions

ANTHRO 742 Contact and Colonialism

ANTHRO 761 Cultural Worlds in Anthropological Perspective

Areas of expertise

Conversion, Melanesian Christianities, Religion

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Dureau, C. (2017). Greater love…: Missionaries, self-sacrifice and dividual personhood in the Western Solomon Islands, c.1902–1914. Paper presented at Religious History Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) Conference, Maclaurin Chapel, University of Auckland 1-2 December 2017. 1 December - 2 December 2017.
  • Dureau, C. M. (2017). "Greater Love..." European missionaries, self-sacrifice and Christian partibility in the Western Solomon Islands. Paper presented at Religious Individualization in Historical Perspective, Eisenach, Germany. 27 June - 30 June 2017.
  • Meher, M., Trnka, S., & Dureau, C. (2017). Pollution and intimacy in a transcendent ethics of care: A case of aged-care in India. Ethnos10.1080/00141844.2017.1341423
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/38027
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Susanna Trnka
  • Dureau, C. (2015). Time, work, discipline & industrial missions: Methodist aspirations in the Western Solomon Islands, c.1902 - 1910. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
  • Dureau, C. (2015). Discursive dishonesty: Methodist-Missionary Mistruth and Truth in the Western Solomon Islands, c.1902 – 1920. Paper presented at Association of Social Anthropologists or Aortearoa/New Zealand National Conference, Palmerston North, New Zealand. 25 November - 27 November 2015.
  • 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. (2014). Cosmopolitan mirrors and the discovery of the local. Paper presented at Cosmpolitan Anthropologies: Combined ASAANZ/AAS Conference, Queenstown, NZ. 10 November - 13 November 2014.
  • 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

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HSB - EAST - Bldg 201E
Level 8, Room 852
New Zealand