Miss Olivia Barnett-Naghshineh

BSc Social Policy, MsC Development Studies (Government & Politics in Africa)

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Research | Current

Based on 12 months fieldwork in the Goroka Market, Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea, I am looking at how the commodification of food and social life generally has impacted how food is used today in both the ceremonial economy and for survival in the cash economy. I spent time both with rural food producer-sellers and people working in different state and non-state institutions involved with agriculture, science and environmental issues. I am interested in the gendered aspects of both food marketing and cash economy, looking at the different kinds of work activities men and women do today in the Eastern Highlands and the ways in which these construct new forms of gender. Thus, my thesis looks at the lives of women producing food for the market and other aspects of Goroka's political and economic dynamics such as the Provincial administration, the Council of Women and up and coming local businesses. Conceptually I am interested in the different local meanings of money, food and the interrelations between local forms of value and monetary value, morality and gift exchange. I aim to complete my thesis before the end of 2016.

Areas of expertise

Gender, Feminist methodologies, Economic Anthropology, Environment and Climate Change, Entrepreneurship, Microfinance, the Body, Racism and Colonisation, Papua New Guinea 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Barnett-Naghshineh, O. (2015). The Goroka market: Contending masculine notions of shame and aspirations for modernity. Paper presented at Moral Horizons: AAS Conference 2015, Melbourne. 1 December - 4 December 2015. Morality and marketplaces in the Pacific and Asia. Related URL.
  • Barnett-Naghshineh, O. (2015). Becoming 'fat': A case study from Eastern Highlands Province, PNG. Paper presented at 10th ESfO (European Society for Oceanists) Conference, Brussels, Belgium. 24 June - 27 March 2015.
  • Barnett-Naghshineh, O. (2015). Global warming or cash economy? Discourses of climate change and food in Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea. In Wood, DC (Ed.) Climate change, culture, and economics: Anthropological investigations (pp. 107-133). Emerald. 10.1108/S0190-128120150000035005
  • Barnett-Naghshineh, O. (2014). Bananas and asbean: The new commodification of ‘tumbuna’ value, an ethnographic look at foods in the ceremonial economy of Goroka, Papua New Guinea. Paper presented at ASAANZ/AAS 2014 Conference: Cosmopolitan Anthropologies, Queenstown, NZ. 10 November 2014 - 13 March 2016.