Gardner Don, PhD
Frohburgstrasse 3, 6002 Lucerne
Don Gardner received a BA (Hons) and an MA from the University of Sussex (UK) before going to the Australian National University (ANU), in 1975, to take up a Ph.D scholarship in Social Anthropology. He received his Ph.D, in 1982, for a thesis entitled Cult ritual and social organisation among the West Mianmin of Papua New Guinea. From 1979-1982 he taught in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Sydney; from 1982-2010 he was a member of the Dept. of Archaeology & Anthropology at the ANU, except for short periods when he was a visitor in universities in Germany or France.
The ethnographic focus of his research is New Guinea and his principle interests centre on social theory (including the philosophy of the social and biological sciences), Melanesian histories, and the cultural encompassment of changes in material conditions of human populations. A number of projects associated these interests remain, alas, in various stages of completion.
Since 2008 he has been associated with the University of Lucerne in various scholarly capacities.
- General social theory
- philosophical issues in anthropology
- conceptualising relations between the social and the biological sciences
- religion & ritual
- cosmologies and their historical transformation
- Melanesia, with a focus on New Guinea (especially Highlands Fringe [Mountain Ok], Highlands & Sepik)
- "Subsistence and ecology in their social context amongst the Mianmin, West Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea." With Dr Robert Attenborough. (Funded by Australian Research Council) With Dr Robert Attenborough. (Funded by Australian Research Council)
- A critical synthesis and comparison of the works of Marshall Sahlins and Clifford Geertz
- Ritual and speech act theory