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Dr. Richard Feinberg

Professor

1969, University of California, Berkeley; 1971, University of Chicago; Ph.D.: 1974, University of Chicago;Taught at Kent State University since 1974;Active involvement in professional associations: American Anthropological Association; Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania; Central States Anthropological Society

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

 

Selected Publications:

2010    Marine resource conservation and prospects for environmental sustainability on Anuta, Solomon Islands.  Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 31(1):41-54.

2011    In search of te lapa: a navigational enigma in Vaeakau-Taumako, Southeastern Solomon Islands.  Journal of the Polynesian Society 120(1):57-70.

2012    Defending ‘Traditional’ Marriage? Whose Definition? What Tradition? American Anthropolo-gical Association Blog Spot.  Huffington Post.  April 30.

2012     Polynesian Outliers: The State of the Art (edited by R. Feinberg and R. Scaglion). Ethnology Monographs, No. 21. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

2012     Limitations of Language for Conveying Navigational Knowledge: Way-finding in the Southeastern Solomon Islands (by R. Feinberg and J. Genz).  American Anthropologist 114(2):336-350.

2013     We the Taumako: Kinship among Polynesians in the Santa Cruz Islands. Structure and Dynamics: eJournal of Anthropology and Related Sciences [put out by the University of California] 6(1). Special Issue on the New Developments in the Study of Kinship, edited by Dwight Read and Fadwa El Guindi.


Selected Presentations:

 

2012   Co-organizer (with Alex Mawyer) of working session entitled “Spatial Orientation and Representation in Oceania” at the annual meeting of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania.  February 7-11.  Portland, OR.

 

2012   Introduction, by R. Feinberg and A. Mawyer to working session on “Spatial Orientation and Representation in Oceania,” organized by A. Mawyer and R. Feinberg at the annual meeting of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania.  February 7-11.  Portland, OR.

 

2012   Conceptualizing Front and Back on Taumako Representations of Space.  Paper presented to working session on “Spatial Orientation and Representation in Oceania,” organized by A. Mawyer and R. Feinberg at the annual meeting of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania.  February 7-11.  Portland, OR.

 

2012   The Vaeakau-Taumako Wind Compass and “Navigational Toolkit” by Cathleen Conboy Pyrek and Richard Feinberg. Paper presented to working session on “Spatial Orientation and Representation in Oceania,” organized by A. Mawyer and R. Feinberg at the annual meeting of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania.  February 7-11. Portland, OR.

 

2012   Development, Aloha, and Non-Giving among Polynesian Outlier Communities.  Paper presented to working session on “Avoiding Giving,” organized by Elise Berman at the annual meeting of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania.  February 7-11.  Portland, OR.

 

2012   Sustainability and Marine Conservation on Anuta.  Guest lecture to class on “Anthropology of Sustainability,” taught by Richard Currie Smith, Department of Anthropology.  February 21, 2012.  Kent State University.

 

2012   Anthropological Fieldwork in the Pacific.  Presentation to Anthropology Student Organization.  February 28, 2012.  Kent State University.

 

2012   Racial Stereotypes in the US and Southeastern Solomon Islands.  Paper presented to a session entitled “A Century of Fighting Racism,” organized by Alice Kehoe at the annual meeting of the Central States Anthropological Society.  March 22-24.  Toledo, OH.

 

2012   Pacific Anthropology as a Career.  Invited presentation to the University of the South Pacific Centre, Atafu, Tokelau.  July 3, 2012.

 

2012   Pacific Islands Voyaging and Navigation.  Presentation to the Kent Retired Faculty Associa­tion.  September 12, 2012.  Kent Free Library.

 

2012   Encroachment of the World Market in Remote Pacific Communities.  Presentation to the Transna­tional Studies Reading & Working Group.  September 28, 2012.  Kent State University.

 

2013   Perils of Subsistence Production on a South Sea Island.  Paper presented to the annual meeting of the Central States Anthropological Society.  April 4-6, 2013.  St. Louis, MO.

 

2013   Chaired session entitled “Environmental Consciousness and Sustainability” at the annual meeting of the Central States Anthropological Society.  April 4-6, 2013.  St. Louis, MO.

Research Areas
  • Cultural anthropology; Polynesia; Solomon Islands; Navajo;
  • symbolic anthropology and culture theory; kinship and social organization;
  • indigenous navigation and systems of of spatial orientation;
  • politics of culture, anthropological ethics, and cultural relativism
Dr. Richard Feinberg
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Department of Anthropology
233 Lowry Hall
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By appointment

CONTACT INFO
Phone: 330-672-2722
Fax: 330-672-2999
rfeinber@kent.edu
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