Department of Anthropology

Honorary Staff - Dr Michael Goddard

Position: Honorary Associate Dr Michael Goddard
Location: W6A 612
Consultation Hours: Email  Dr Goddard for an appointment
Telephone: +61-2-9850-8021
Fax: +61-2-9850-9391
Email: michael.goddard@mq.edu.au
Postal Address: Department of Anthropology
Faculty of Arts
Macquarie University
NSW 2109
Australia

Academic Profile 
I have been doing anthropological research in Papua New Guinea since 1985. My earliest fieldwork, in 1985/86, was in the Upper Kaugel Valley of the Western Highlands Province, where I studied local ideas about madness for my PhD dissertation at the University of Auckland.  This was never published, but more than two decades later I was persuaded by a colleague to produce a book based on that fieldwork.  In 1990, I returned to Papua New Guinea and lectured at the University of PNG for the next five years.  During that period I shifted my fieldwork interests to PNG's capital city Port Moresby, where I conducted research in some of the city's much-maligned settlements and in a traditional village on the edge of the city. I also developed an interest in PNG's 'village court' system, which provides a grassroots justice service in many parts of the country. I continued my research in these fields after leaving PNG in 1995. My main research interests now are the village court system, the history of the Motu-Koita people (on whose territory the city of Port Moresby has grown) and life in Port Moresby's settlements. I have published a book on Port Moresby (The Unseen City, in 2005), another on the village courts (Substantial Justice, in 2009) and a third on on the Upper Kaugel Valley (Out of Place, in 2011). I have also edited an additional book on Port Moresby (Villagers and the City, in 2010).

Publications

Books, authored:

2011 Out of Place: Madness in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. New York & London: Berghahn Books

2009 Substantial Justice: An Anthropology of Village Courts in Papua New Guinea. New York and London: Berghahn Books

2005 The Unseen City: Anthropological perspectives on Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Canberra: Pandanus Books

Book, edited:

2010 Villagers and the City: Melanesian experiences of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Wantage: Sean Kingston Publishing.

Book Chapters:

2017 The Motu Koita: a cultural and social history. Chapter 3 in Thomas Richards, Bruno David, Ken Aplin and Ian J. McNiven (Eds) Caution Bay Studies in Archaeology, Volume 1. Archaeological Research at Caution Bay, Papua New Guinea: Cultural, Linguistic and Environmental Setting, pp. 27-37. Oxford: Archaeopress Publishing.

2017 [co-authored: L. digim'Rina, T. Richards, B. David, M. Leavesley, M. Goddard, T. Dutton, R. Skelly, L. Naidi, and J. Hagoria] Koita and Motu Landscapes and Seascapes of Caution Bay. Chapter 5 in T. Richards, B. David, K. Aplin and I. J. McNiven (Eds) Caution Bay Studies in Archaeology, Volume 1. Archaeological Research at Caution Bay, Papua New Guinea: Cultural, Linguistic and Environmental Setting, pp.53-63. Oxford: Archaeopress Publishing.  

2017 [co-authored: B. David, T. Richards, M. Goddard, T. Dutton, M. Leavesley, I. J. McNiven, and H. Mandui] Historicizing Motu Ceramics and the Hiri TradeChapter 6 in T. Richards, B. David, K. Aplin and I. J. McNiven (Eds) Caution Bay Studies in Archaeology, Volume 1. Archaeological Research at Caution Bay, Papua New Guinea: Cultural, Linguistic and Environmental Setting, pp. 67-73. Oxford: Archaeopress Publishing.  

2017 A categorical failure: "mixed-race" in colonial Papua New Guinea. Chapter 8 in F. Fozdar and K. McGavin (eds) Mixed Race Identities in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, pp. 133-146. Routledge.

2013 'Liaisons dangereuses: les villageois urbains et le développement en Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée', in D. Dussy & É. Wittersheim (eds) Villes Invisibles: Anthropologie urbaines du Pacifique, pp. 163-191. Paris: L'Harmattan.

2010 'Heat and History: The Motu-Koita and Moresby', in Villagers and the City: Melanesian experiences of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, pp. 19-46. London: Sean Kingston Press.

2010 'Making and Unmaking Marriage in Moresby', in Villagers and the City: Melanesian experiences of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, pp. 110-136. London: Sean Kingston Press.

2008 'From "my story" to "the story of myself": colonial transformations of personal narratives among the Motu-Koita of Papua New Guinea', in B. Lal & V. Luker (eds) Telling Pacific Lives: Prisms of Progress, pp. 35-50. ANU E Press.

2003 'The Age of Steam: Constructed Identity and Recalcitrant Youth in a Papua New Guinea Village', in S.Dinnen (ed) A Kind Of Mending: Restorative Justice in the Pacific Islands, Canberra: Pandanus Press, pp. 45-72.

2000 'Urban Crime and Social Status', in B.V.Lal and K. Fortune (eds) The Pacific Islands: an Encyclopedia, University of Hawai'i Press, Hawai'i.

2000 'Village Court system of Papua New Guinea', in B.V.Lal and K. Fortune (eds) The Pacific Islands: an Encyclopedia, University of Hawai'i Press, Hawai'i.

2000 'Three Urban Village Courts in Papua New Guinea: Some Comparative Observations', in S.Dinnen and A.Ley (eds) Reflections on Violence in Melanesia, pp. 241-253. Hawkins Press and Asia Pacific Press, Canberra.

1991 'The Birdman of Kiripia: posthumous revenge in a highland Papua New Guinea society', in A.Pawley (ed) Man and a Half, JPS.
 

Articles in refereed journals

2016 "Polygons are not Kastom!": The legacy of colonial land demarcation in Melanesia. Paideuma Vol 62: 25-49

2014 'Reflections on a dead dog: towards a reconstruction of traditional Motu-Koita ontology'. Oceania, 84(1): 1-18.

2013 'Knowing and the truth: Three histories of Daugo Island, Papua New Guinea', The Australian Journal of Anthropology, Vol 24 No 2, pp. 1-17.

2011 'Historicizing Edai Siabo: A contemporary argument about the pre-colonial past among the Motu-Koita of Papua New Guinea', Oceania, Vol 81 No 3, pp. 280-296.

2011 'Bramell's Rules: Custom and law in contemporary land disputes among the Motu-Koita of Papua New Guinea',  Pacific Studies, Vol 34, Nos 2/3, pp. 323-349.

2007 'Le Fijien fou avec le singe et autres histoires d'une petite île près de Port Moresby (Papuasie Nouvelle-Guinée)', Journal de la Société des Océanistes, Vol 125 No 2, pp. 237-247.

2005 'Expressions of Interest: Informal Usury in urban PNG', Pacific Studies, Vol 28, Nos 1/2, pp. 42-67.

2005 'Research and Rhetoric on Women in PNG's village courts', Oceania Vol 75, pp. 247-267.

2003 [co-authored, D. Van Heekeren] 'United and Divided: Christianity, tradition and identity in two south coast Papua New Guinea societies', The Australian Journal of Anthropology, Vol 14, No 2.

2002 'Reto's Chance: State and Status in an Urban Papua New Guinea Settlement', Oceania, Vol 73, No 1.

2001 'Rethinking Western Motu Descent Groups', Oceania, Vol 71, No 4.

2001 'From Rolling Thunder to Reggae: Imagining Squatter Settlements in Papua New Guinea', The Contemporary Pacific, Vol 13, No1.

2000 'Of Cabbages and Kin: The value of an analytic distinction between gifts and commodities', Critique of Anthropology,. Vol 20, No 2.

1999  [co-authored, D.Crowdy] 'The Pedagogy, Culture and Appropriation of Jazz in Papua New Guinea', Perfect Beat, Vol 4, No 2.

1998 'What Makes Hari Run? The Social Construction of Madness in a highland Papua New Guinea Society', Critique of Anthropology, Vol 18, No 1.

1998 'Off the Record: Village Court Praxis and the Politics of Settlement Life in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea', Canberra Anthropology, Vol 21, No 1.

1996 'The Snake Bone Case: Law, Custom and Justice in a PNG Village Court', Oceania, Vol 67, No 1.

1995 'The Rascal Road: Crime, Prestige and Development in Papua New Guinea', The Contemporary Pacific, Vol 7 No 1.

1994 'A Suitable Case for Treatment?: The theory and practice of transcultural psychiatry in PNG'. Canberra Anthropology, Vol 17 No 1.

1992 'Bigman, Thief: The Social Organization of Gangs in Port Moresby', Canberra Anthropology, Vol 15 No 1.

1992 'Bedlam in Paradise: a critical history of psychiatry in Papua New Guinea', Journal of Pacific History, Vol 27 No 1.

1992 'Of Handcuffs and Foodbaskets: Theory and practice in Papua New Guinea's village courts', Research in Melanesia, Vol 16.