Public talk examines gift-gifting practices of Papua New Guinea

Media Advisory Release Date: December 5, 2016 12:00 p.m.

Members of the media are invited to a public presentation by anthropologist Susanne Kuehling, who will discuss her recent field expedition to the remote Massim islands of Papua New Guinea.

Kuehling’s research examines the traditional exchange known as the kula – an elaborate gift-giving practice involving the use of shell valuables – in the context of a changing economy and new technologies in the island world. Kuehling will discuss the result of her recent experience in the field, explaining the dynamics of kula gift-giving and examining contemporary challenges faced by islanders in maintaining this cultural practice. 

Kuehling has been extensively studying the practice of kula in Papua New Guinea since her doctoral studies at the Australian National University. She has spent several field stints in the region, most recently in 2015. She is the author of a book, entitled Dobu: Ethics of Exchange on a Massim Island (University of Hawaii Press) and multiple articles on the subjects of kula, personhood, morality, and gender.  

This discussion, entitled, ‘Cruising the Kula Network: First Results of an Extraordinary Expedition to Papua New Guinea’ will take place:

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
6:30 p.m.

MacKenzie Art Gallery (3475 Albert Street, Regina)
Shumiatcher Sculpture Court

For more information please visit the series website at or call (306) 209-0962.


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