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Interests

I conducted lengthy fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, where I lived for seven years and also taught at the university in Port Moresby. My first book, The production of inequality, investigated political and economic processes in egalitarian Melanesian societies, arguing that gender relations modelled and disguised relations of inequality. My research interests have now extended to philosophical approaches in anthropology (especially phenomenology, theories of the self, morality, ethics and emotions). My latest book Melanesian Odysseys is a culmination of my Papua New Guinea Fieldwork and combines interests in narrative genres and theories of the self, communicative practices within a contested and changing moral and political universe, and local and anthropological knowledge.

Research Statement

My current research straddles anthropology and philosophy. It is best exemplified in the title of my 2009 lectures for the Oslo Postgraduate Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies: Thinking Philosophically in Anthropology: Approaches to the Self, Morality and Cosmopolitanism. I seek to develop a philosophical anthropology from a perspective which emphasizes actual social practice. My enquiry into the moral underpinnings of human rights and ideas of cosmopolitanism grounds them in understandings of what it means to be human as exemplified in everyday practices, life experiences, and the moral/legal codes of different societies. I am also preparing for publication two books from two conferences: Cosmopolitanism, Existentialism and Morality: Anthropological Perspectives (with my former PhD student Alex Hall), and (provisionally titled) Recontextualising Anthropological Knowledge: Building on the Work of Marilyn Strathern.

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cosmopolitanism Social Sciences
foreignness Social Sciences
morality Social Sciences
ontology Social Sciences
human being Social Sciences
Transcendent Arts & Humanities
Cosmopolitanism Arts & Humanities
Ontology Arts & Humanities

Research Output 1982 2015

Knowledge and Ethics in Anthropology: Obligations and Requirements

Josephides, L. (ed.), 19 Nov 2015, London-New Delhi-New York-Sydney: Bloomsbury Academic. 240 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Imagining the Future: An Existential and Practical Activity

Josephides, L., 2014, Pacific Futures: Projects, Politics and Interests. Rollason, W. (ed.). Oxford: Berghahn, p. 28-47 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

experience

We the cosmopolitans: Framing the Debate

Josephides, L., 2014, We the Cosmopolitans: Moral and Existential Conditions of Being Human. Josephides, L. & Hall, A. (eds.). Oxford: Berghahn, p. 1-28 28 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

We the Cosmopolitans: Moral and existential conditions of being human

Josephides, L. (ed.) & Hall, A. (ed.), Mar 2014, Oxford: Berghahn.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Finding and mining the talk: Negotiating knowledge and knowledge transfer in the field

Josephides, L., 2012, The Interview An Ethnographic Approach. Skinner, J. (ed.). Berg, p. 89-104 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Thesis

Concepts of displacement and home: seeking asylum and becoming a refugee among the host community of Northern Ireland

Author: Franklin, M., Jun 2014

Supervisor: Josephides, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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Crossing boundaries of cultures and identities: Polish migrants in Belfast

Author: Kempny, M., Jul 2010

Supervisor: Josephides, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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The individual and the state in China: being a graduate village official in rural southwest China

Author: Ding, Y., Apr 2015

Supervisor: Josephides, L. (Supervisor) & Knight, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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