Sandra Bamford

 
Sandra Bamford
Associate Professor and Acting Chair
MW
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(416) 287-7301

Biography: 

Sandra Bamford received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Virginia.  Her main area of research expertise focuses on the analysis of kinship and family ties.  She has completed research in the highlands of Papua New Guinea with a group of people known as the Kamea.  She has also examined the impact of New Reproductive Technologies in precipitating new forms of kin arrangements.  Her most recent work focuses on child welfare and foster care in North America with an emphasis on how foster care is understood and practiced in Canada.

Affiliations: 

Professional Service:

Reviewer of journal manuscripts for Body and Society, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, The Australian Journal of Anthropology, Ethnos, Anthropologica, Comparative Studies in Society and History, American Ethnology, Social Analysis, JRAI.

Reviewer of book manuscripts for Berghahn Books, University of Hawaii Press, School of American Research Press.

Reviewer of grant applications for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Select Affiliations:

American Anthropological Association

Canadian Anthropological Society

Research Interests: 

Kinship, gender, sexuality, embodiment, the anthropology of science; Papua New Guinea, North America, Europe.

Awards and Grants: 

Current Project Funding:

2010 - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Standard Research Grant.  “Legislating Care: Kinship, Fosterage and the State in North America. ($87,643.00)

Previous Research Funding:

2001- Connaught New Staff Matching Grant, “Landscapes of Meaning: Reassessing The Nature/Culture Divide.” ($30,000.00)

2000 - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Standard Research Grant.  “Contested Terrains: The Globalization of Environmental Agendas.” ($75,000.00)

1996 - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada - Two-Year Postdoctoral Award - Tenable at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies; Australian National University (Declined).

1989 - Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Pre-doctoral grant-in-aid for dissertation research.

1988 & 89 - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral fellowship awarded for dissertation research.

Publications: 

Refereed Manuscripts and Edited Collections:

In preparation - The Cambridge Handbook for the Anthropology of Kinship.  (Under contract with Cambridge University Press. Anticipated date of completion – Fall 2015).

In preparation - Roy Wagner: Symbolic Anthropology and the Fate of the New Melanesian Anthropology (Co-edited by S. Bamford, J. Robbins, J. Shaffner & J. Weiner.  Anticipated date of completion – Fall 2015).

2009 - Beyond Kinship: The Genealogical Model Reconsidered.  (Edited collection by Sandra Bamford & James Leach) Berghahn Books.  (Reissued as paperback 2012).

2007 - Biology Unmoored: Melanesian Reflections on Life and Biotechnology.  Berkeley: University of California Press.

2007 - Embodying Modernity and Post-Modernity: Ritual, Praxis and Social Change in Melanesia.   (Edited collection by S. Bamford) Carolina Academic Press).

1998 - Identity, Nature and Culture: Sociality and the Environment in Melanesia.  Special Issue, SOCIAL ANALYSIS 42 (3). (Edited collection by Sandra Bamford).

1997 - Fieldwork Revisited: The Changing Context of Ethnographic Practice in the Era of Globalization.  Special Issue, ANTHROPOLOGY AND HUMANISM. (Co-edited with Joel Robbins). 

Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

In preparation  - “Miraculous Conceptions: Religion and the New Reproductive Technologies.”  Review Essay for Focal.

In preparation - "Spectral Connections: Anthropological Engagements with Posthumous Kinship."  To be submitted to Cultural Anthropology.

In preparation - “Unitary Subjects, Discrepant Bodies: Domestic Violence, Resistance, and the Law in Papua New Guinea.”  To be submitted to Signs.

In preparation - “The Road to Development: Culture, Identity Formation and Millennial Fantasies in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea.”  To appear in Roy Wagner: Symbolic Anthropology and the Fate of the New Melanesian Anthropology. (Co-edited by S. Bamford, J. Robbins, J. Shaffner & J. Weiner).

2009 -  “’Family Trees’ among the Kamea of Papua New Guinea: A Non-Genealogical Approach to Imagining Relatedness.” To appear in S.Bamford & J. Leach (eds) Beyond Kinship: The Genealogical Model Reconsidered. New York: Berghahn Books.

2009 -  “Pedigrees of Knowledge: Anthropology and the Genealogical Method” In S. Bamford & J. Leach (eds) Beyond Kinship: The Genealogical Model Reconsidered,  New York: Berghahn Books.

2007 - "Bodies in Transition: An Introduction to Emerging Forms of Bodily Praxis in the Pacific." In S. Bamford (ed.) Embodying Modernity and Post-modernity Ritual, Praxis and Social Change in Melanesia.  (Carolina Academic Press).

2007 -  “Unholy Noses.” In S. Bamford (ed.) Embodying Modernity and Post-modernity: Ritual,Praxis and Social Change in Melanesia.  (Carolina Academic Press).      

2004 -  “Embodiments of Detachment: Engendering Agency in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea.”  In P. Bonnemere (ed.) Unseen Characters, Philadelphia: The University of Pennsylvania Press, p. 34-56.

2003 - "Conceiving Relatedness: Non-Substantial  Relations among  the Kamea of Papua New Guinea." The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 10 (2), p. 287-306.

2004 - Beyond Structure: Reflections on Harriet Whitehead's  Food Rules: Hunting, Sharing and Tabooing Game in Papua New Guinea. Review Forum, JOURNAL OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES, vol. 17 (2) p. 112-117. 

2002 -  “On Being 'Natural' in the Rainforest Marketplace: Science, Capitalism, and the Commodification of Biodiversity. SOCIAL ANALYSIS 46 (1) Spring 2002, p. 35-50.

1998 -  “Introduction: The Grounds of Melanesian Sociality.” In S. Bamford (ed.) Identity, Nature and Culture: Sociality and the Environment in Melanesia.  Special Issue, SOCIAL ANALYSIS 42 (3) p. 4-8.

1998 -  “Humanised Landscapes, Embodied Worlds: Land Use and the Construction of Intergenerational Sociality among the Kamea.” In S. Bamford (ed.) Identity, Nature and Culture: Sociality and the Environment in Melanesia.  Special Issue, SOCIAL ANALYSIS 42 (3), p. 28-54.

1998 -  “To Eat for Another:  Taboo and the Elicitation of Bodily Form among the Kamea.” In M. Lambek & A. Strathern (eds) Bodies and Persons: Comparative Perspectives from Africa and Melanesia, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 158-171.

1997 -  “Introduction” to S. Bamford & J. Robbins (eds.) Fieldwork Revisited: The Changing Context of Ethnographic Practice in the Era of Globalization. Special Issue, ANTHROPOLOGY AND HUMANISM, vol. 22, p. 1-3.

1997 -  “Beyond the Global: Intimacy and Distance in Contemporary Fieldwork” S. Bamford & J. Robbins (eds.) Fieldwork Revisited: The Changing Context of                   
Ethnographic Practice in the Era of Globalization.
Special Issue, ANTHROPOLOGY AND HUMANISM, vol. 22, p. 110-114.

1995 - “Fieldwork Revisited: A Preliminary Statement.” Co-authored with J. Robbins ANTHROPOLOGY AND HUMANISM, Vol. 20, p. 1-5.

Teaching Interests: 

  • Anthropological Approaches to Kinship and Marriage
  • Genders and Sexualities
  • Feminist Anthropology
  • Embodiment and Anthropology
  • The Anthropology of ‘Life Itself’
  • Political Ecology