I initially trained as an engineer but later found that anthropology was what really interested me. I subsequently completed a PhD at the LSE based on fieldwork in Papua New Guinea.My intial research in the Papuan highlands was among the Fuyuge people and examined their ideas of landscape, myth, power and ritual and their mutual connections. I supplemented this work with historical research on colonial government and mission influences on the Fuyuge. Later research focused on the influences of a local mine and the effects of this on Fuyuge ideas of land ownership and cultural property.
- PhD Anthropology (LSE)
- MSc Anthropology (LSE)
- BSc Civil Engineering (Missouri)
Newest selected publications
Hirsch, E. (2022) ''Environment and economy: great divide to great acceleration'', in Carrier, J. (ed.) Handbook of Economic Anthropology, Third Edition. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar. pp. 191 - 203.
Hirsch, E. (2022) 'Divine powers and exchange with ‘others’ in Melanesia'. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 28 (1). pp. 204 - 221. ISSN: 1359-0987 Open Access Link
Rollason, W. and Hirsch, E. (2021) 'Compliance: Politics, Sociability and the Constitution of Collective Life'. Journal of Legal Anthropology, 5 (1). pp. 1 - 31. ISSN: 1758-9576 Open Access Link
HIRSCH, E. (2021) 'Ancestral Presence Cosmology and Historical Experience in the Papuan Highlands'. Routledge. ISSN 10: 0367357933 ISSN 13: 9780367357931