Anthropology and Museum Studies

Kathleen Barlow

 

Professor

Areas of Specialization: Learning and Culture, Childhood, Psychological Anthropology, Museum Anthropology, Symbolism, Gender, Art and Aesthetics, Material Culture, Regional Ethnography
Areas: Melanesia, Oceania, United States.
Office: Dean Hall 356

(see full CV)

Educational Background

  • 1985 Ph.D. Anthropology, University of California, San Diego
  • 1980 C. Phil. Anthropology, University of California, San Diego
  • 1971 Elementary Teaching Credential, United States International University, San Diego
  • 1969 B.A., cum laude, English and American Literature, Pomona College

Current Courses

  • Culture and Childhood
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Introduction to Museology
  • Psychological Anthropology

Selected Publications

  • 2016* Kathleen Barlow. “Integrating Western Medicine and Local Practice:
    Contributions of a Mission-based Maternity Clinic to Maternal and Child Health  in the Lower Sepik Region of Papua New Guinea.”  IN Missing the Mark?  Women and the Millenium Development Goals in Africa and Oceania.  Naomi  McPherson, ed. Brunswick, CA: Demeter Press. Forthcoming February.
  • 2015* Kathleen Barlow.  “Enchantment and Seduction:  Gender Ideology and Outrigger  Canoe Voyaging on the North Coast of Papua New Guinea.” IN Tanz Der Ahnen: Kunst vom Sepik in Papua-Neuguinea. Pp.22-29  Invited contribution.  Exhibition catalog for Sepik Exposition, curated and edited by Philippe Peltier  Musee du Quai Branly, Paris, and Marcus Schindlbeck, Berlin Ethnologisches  Museum, Christian Kauffman, Rietberg Museum, Zurich. Opening Feb. 2015.
  • 2013*  Kathleen Barlow. "Attachment and Culture in Murik Society,"  IN Attachment  Reconsidered: Cultural Perspectives on a Western Theory. Pp. 165-188. Naomi  Quinn and Jeannette Mageo, eds.  Palgrave series, "Culture, Mind and Society."
  • 2013*  Kathleen Barlow.  “Trappers’ Brides and the Custom of the Country: Inter- cultural Marriages in the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade.”  Rocky Mountain Fur  Trade Journal 7:76-97.
  • 2010*  Kathleen Barlow and Bambi Chapin, guest editors.  Special issue of Ethos 38:4,  on “The Practice of Mothering.”  Introduction, p. 1-20. -- "Sharing Food, Sharing Values:  Mothering and Empathy in Murik Society." pp. 339-353.
  • 2009*  Kathleen Barlow and Elaine Dunbar , “Race, Class and Whiteness in Gifted and  Talented Identification:  A Case Study."  Berkeley Review of Education, 1(1)

Selected Presentations

  • 2004 "Hiding the 'Bad' Mother". Guest lecture. CELF (Sloan Foundation, Center for the Study of Everyday Life and Families) at UCLA, Dept. of Anthropology. Feb. 11.
  • 2002 "The Sublime, the Mundane and the Ridiculous: Appreciating Sepik Art from Aesthetic, Historical and Regional Perspectives." Invited Session in honor of Douglas Newton. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting.
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  • Papers Presented and Invited Lectures

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  • 2016    “Reframing Attachment Theory with Respect to Gender and Sexuality.”  Conference on Affective Relationality.  First International Conference of  the  Collaborative Research Center Affective Societies. Freie Universität, April 21- 23, Berlin.
  • 2015 Invited Session Discussant, “Negotiating Motherhood:  Roles, Identities, and  Expectations in Conflict.”  Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological  Association.  November 18-22.  Denver, Colorado
  • 2015 “Murik Ritual and Art at the Boundaries of Personhood and Social Change.”  Symposium on Sepik Art, The Materiality of Sepik Societies 2015:  New visions,  old problems.” October 27-28, 2015.  Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France.
  • 2014  “Gender and Mothering:  A Melanesian Perspective on Early Childhood.” IN  Negotiating Relationships and Everyday Caregiving.  Annual Meeting of the  American Anthropological Association.  Dec. 3-7, 2014. Washington, D. C.
  • 2013  “Enchantment and Seduction:  Gender Ideology and Outrigger Canoe Voyaging on  the North Coast of Papua New Guinea.” Session:  Pacific Arts Association  Meeting, Aug. 6-9, 2013, Vancouver, B.C.
    2013  “Researching the role of Native American women in the Rocky Mountain Fur  Trade from an anthropological perspective.”  The Rocky Mountain Fur Trade  Journal Forum at Green River Rendezvous days, July 11-14, 2013
  • 2013 Discussant, Session Society for Psychological Anthropology
    Biennial Meeting With the Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest  Group,  Session 4. Individualization, Psychocultural Globalization, and Education in  Globalized Korea (Hyang Jin Jung & Junehui Ahn Organizers), SPA, April San  Diego, CA.
  • 2012  “Bags and Bilums:  Circulating Identity and Status in Melanesia.”  Session on “The Traffic of Material Culture: Border Crossing and the Creation of (In)Stability in Material Things.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Nov. 14-17.  San Francisco, CA.
  • 2011  "Attachment, Self-Reliance and Interdependence in a Marine Foraging
    Society of Papua New Guinea." Panel on Cross-Cultural Challenges to Attachment Theory,” Nov.16-20, Montreal, Quebec, CA.
  • 2011   "Maternal Tidemarks:  Tracing the Anthropology of Mothering."  Discussant.
    American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting,  Nov.16-20, Montreal,  Quebec, CA.
  • 2011  "Attachment and Culture in Murik Society."  Invited Presentation.   Lemelson/Society for Psychological Anthropology Conference on "Re-Thinking  Attachment and Separation Cross-Culturally."  May 19-21, 2011.  Washington  State University, Spokane, WA.
  • 2010   "A New Focus on Women and Children:  Agency, Transmission and Change,"  Invited Session, Anthropology in Community Colleges,  American  Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, New Orlean, LA.  Nov. 18-22,  2010.
  • 2009 "Motherhood/Personhood:  Identity, Intersubjectivity, Power."  Discussant.   American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting.  Philadelphia, PA.
    Dec. 3-6, 2009.
  • 2009 “Are you my mother?  Toward multiple models of healthy attachment, a case
    Study based on the Murik of Papua New Guinea.”  Presented at Biennial Meeting of the Society for Psychological Anthropology, Asilomar, CA. March 27-29, 2009.
  • 2008 “Reconsidering Selves in Society:  Intersectional Approaches on Inclusion,
    Well-being and Social Justice.”  Discussant.  American Anthropological Association  Annual Meeting.  Nov. 18-23.  San Francisco, CA
  • 2007    “Food Shortages, Coping Strategies and Multiple Mothering”  Biennial     Meeting of the Society for Psychological Anthropology, Manhattan Beach, CA.,
    March 8-11, 2007.  Chair and co-organizer of session.  “Mothering as Practice.” 
  • 2006    “Making Social Control Visible:  Masked Figures and Thin Disguise on the
           North Coast of Papua New Guinea.”  American Anthropological Association
           Annual Meeting, Session on “Visualizing the Invisible,” sponsored by the
           Society for Visual Anthropology,  San Jose, CA., Nov. 19-22, 2006. 
  •   2005    “Intelligence as Property and as Developmental Process:  Standardized Testing and Unequal Access to Gifted Education, “ Kathleen Barlow and 
    C. Elaine Dunbar, Biennial Meeting of the Society for Psychological   Anthropology, San Diego, CA., April 7-10, 2005.
  • 2005   “Art, Value and Aesthetics in Melanesian Societies,” Lecture for Oceania Training of Docents at the San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, in preparation for the
    opening of the Jolika Collection exhibit, Mar. 31, 2005.
  • 2005 “Transforming Power, Sustaining Community:  The Art of Western Melanesia.” Lecture for Oceania Training of Docents at the San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, preparation for the opening of the Jolika Collection exhibit, April 7, 2005
  • 2005   “Discussant Comments on “Connections, Accessibility and Relevance:
    Transforming Pedagogy in Anthropology.””  Session at the AAA meetings
    12/2/05, Washington, D. C.
    2004  “Hiding the ‘Bad’ Mother”.  Guest lecture. CELF (Sloan Foundation, Center for the Study of Everyday Life and Families) at UCLA, Dept. of Anthropology.  Feb. 11.
  • 2003   “The Sublime, the Mundane and the Ridiculous:  Appreciating Sepik Art from Aesthetic, Historical and Regional Perspectives.”  Invited Session in honor of
    Douglas Newton.  American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting.
    Chicago, IL.
  • 2002  Discussant.  “Changing Visions of Mothering and Motherhood.”  Invited Session. Sponsored by Association of Feminist Anthropologists. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans.
  • 2001   “Critiquing the ‘Good Enough’ Mother:  Mothering, Intersubjectivity, and the
    Negotiation of Self in Murik Society.” Society for Psychological Anthropology Meetings Session 11, Feminism and Psychological Anthropology, Organizer/Chair:  Naomi Quinn (Duke University).  Invited paper.
  • 2000    “Mourning, Motherhood, and Ritual.”  Anthropology Department. California State University, Northridge, CA.  April.  Invited lecture.
  • 1999    “Mourning is Women’s Work:  Death, Mourning and Motherhood in Murik
    Society.” AAA Invited Session.  “Death in the Sepik.”  November 17.  Chicago, IL.
  • 1998   “Mothering, Work and Culture in Murik Society.”  Distinguished Graduates’
    Lecture Series. Anthropology Department, University of California, San Diego. May. Invited lecture.
  • 1996 “Prestige, Identity and the Power of Women:  Insignia Baskets of the Murik of
        Papua New Guinea,”  ASAO Meeting, Symposium, Feb. 19-22, San Diego.
  • 1996   “Power and Aesthetics:  Women’s Baskets in Murik Society.” Invited session,  “Art in the Sepik.”AAA Annual Meeting, Nov. 19-24.  San Francisco, CA.
  • 1996   “Tourism in the Sepik:  Cannibal Tours Revisited.”  May.  Undergraduate
    Conference.  Anthropology Department, University of Minnesota.  Lake Itasca,
    MN. 
  • 1992 “Play, Learning and Culture in the Murik Lakes of Papua New Guinea:  The
    Explanatory Power and Limitations of Schema Theory for Understanding
    Learning in Context.” Learning Center Colloquium, Univ. of Minnesota.  Feb. 15.
    Invited lecture.
  • 1994    “Recent Legislation Concerning Logging in Papua New Guinea.” ASAO InformalSession, Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, San Diego, CA.  Session organizer.
  • 1993    “A Summary of Logging in the Western Pacific.”  AAA Informal Session,
    AAA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.  Session organizer.
  • 1992    Discussant, “Ethnoaesthetics:  Papers in Honor of Anthony Forge.”  AAA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. Invited session.
  • 1992   “Doing Field Work on Material Culture on the North Coast of Papua New
    Guinea.”Undergraduate Conference.  Anthropology Dept., Univ. of Minnesota.
    Lake Itasca, MN.
  • 1992c  “Documenting Museum Collections in the Lower Sepik/North Coast Region of Papua New Guinea.”  Seminar at the Hood Museum of Fine Art, Dartmouth   College.
  • 1991   “An Anthropological Perspective on Understanding Disciplinary Perspectives in the Study of Social Relationships.”  Organizer:  L. Alan Sroufe.  Institute of Child Development, Univ. of Minnesota.  Invited talk.
  • 1991    Presenter and Discussant :  “Active and Cooperative Learning Techniques in the Training of Graduate Teaching Assistants.”  First Annual Conference on the Role
    of Graduate Teaching Assistants in Undergraduate Education.  University of
    Minnesota, May.  Invited participant.1990   “Learning in Cross-Cultural Perspective.”  Graduate Seminar in Cross-Cultural and Multicultural Education.  Institute of Child Development and Dept. of Education. University of Minnesota.  Invited talk.
  • 1990  “Ritual Clowning of Murik Women.”  Colloquium Series, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Minnesota.
  • 1990   “Women’s Art in Murik Society.”  Opening of the Melanesia Sculpture Garden, Stanford University.  June.  Stanford, CA.  Invited talk.
  • 1989   “The Sepik/North Coast Cultures of Papua New Guinea.”  Invited Public Lecture at Exhibit  Opening. Wriston Art Gallery.  Lawrence University, Appleton, Wis.
  • 1989   “Sepik Art and Culture.”  Lecture to Docents for the Exhibit, “People of the River, People of the Tree:  The Sepik and Asmat Cultures of Papua New Guinea, Continuity and Change.”  Minnesota Museum of Art.
  • 1989    (with David Lipset)  “Cultural Values and Areal Integration on the North Coast of Papua New Guinea.” Invited Session. AAA Annual Meeting, Washington, D. C.
  • 1989    (with David Lipset)  “The Construction of Meaning in Ethnography and Culture: the Fabrication of Canoes in the Murik Lakes.” Presented at the Symposium,  “Objects Inform, Objects in Form:  the Ethnography of Oceanic Art.”  Baltimore  Museum of Art and Program in Art History and Anthropology, The Johns
    Hopkins University.  Baltimore, MD. Invited paper.
  • 1989   “Ritual clowning and the definition of person among Murik women.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, San Antonio, TX.
  • 1989   “Ethnographic Research with Children in a Melanesian Society:  Research Design and Methods.”  Institute for Child Development, Univ. of Minnesota. 
    Invited talk.
  • 1989   “Cultural Meanings and Developmental Learning in Murik Society.” 
    Cross-Cultural Psychology Seminar.  Institute for Child Development. 
  • 1999 Univ. of Minnesota. Invited talk. (with David Lipset)  “Personhood and Exchange in the Lower Sepik.”  Museum, Staff Seminar.  The Australian Museum.  Sydney.
  • 1987   “Female Initiation in Murik Society.”  Formal session on Women’s Initiation in Pacific Societies.  Melanesian Annual Meeting of Association for Social
    Anthropology in Oceania, Savannah, Georgia.  Invited Paper.
  • 1987   “Mothers and Anger:  Cultural Context and Emotional Learning in Murik
     Society.” American Ethnological Society.  Invited Paper.
  • 1987   “Firstborn Women and the Negotiation of Status in Murik Society.”  Formal  Session on “Primogeniture in Pacific Societies.”  Naomi Scaletta, Organizer.
    Annual Meeting of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania,
    Savannah, Georgia.  Invited Paper.
  • 1985   “Symbols of Womanhood in Murik Society.”  Annual Meeting of the American  Anthropological Society.  Philadelphia.
  • 1985  “Lessons of a Masked Spirit Figure:  The Bogey in Murik Society.”  Annual
    Meeting of the American Anthropological Association.  Washington D. C.
  • 1984 “Learning in School and out of School in the Murik Lakes:  A Problem of Contextual Dissonance.”  Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago. 
  • 1984  “The Role of Women in Trade:  the Murik Perspective.”  Annual Meeting of the  American Anthropological Association, Washington, D. C.