Scott, Michael W

Dr Michael W Scott  

Department

Position held

Associate Professor

 

Experience keywords:

Melanesia; Oceania; anthropological approaches to questions of being (ontology); cosmology; ethnogenesis; indigenous Christianities; myth-making; personhood, sociality, and relatedness; place-making; religion; wonder

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Dr Michael W. Scott is an Oceanist with a primary focus on Melanesia; he has conducted ethnographic field research on the island of Makira in the Solomon Islands. His current theoretical interests include the anthropology of ontology; cosmology; land tenure; the anthropology of space, place, and landscape; models of sociality; ethno-histories; and indigenous Christianities.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Melanesia; Oceania; Solomon Islands

Languages:

Arosi (Makira, Solomon Islands) [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; French [Spoken: Basic, Written: Intermediate]; Solomon Islands Pidgin [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 6057

Publications

2017

Scott, Michael W. (2017) Getting more real with wonder: an afterword Journal of Religious and Political Practice, 3 (3). 212-229. ISSN 2056-6093

2016

Scott, Michael W. (2016) To be Makiran is to see like Mr Parrot: the anthropology of wonder in Solomon Islands Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 22 (3). 474-495. ISSN 1359-0987

2015

Scott, Michael W. (2015) Book review: Verguet's sketchbook: a Marist missionary artist in 1840s Oceania Outrigger, 58. 10. ISSN 0265-8550

Scott, Michael W. (2015) Book review: The ethnographic experiment: A. M. Hocart and W. H. R. Rivers in Island Melanesia, 1908, Edvard Hviding and Cato Berg, eds. Journal of Anthropological Research, 71 (3). 749-750.

Scott, Michael W. (2015) “When people have a vision they are very disobedient” -a Solomon Islands case study for the anthropology of Christian ontologies In: Reinhard, Wolfgang and Linkenbach-Fuchs, Antje and Fuchs, Martin, (eds.) Individualisierung durch christliche Mission?. Studien zur aussereuropäischen Christentumsgeschichte (Asien, Afrika, Lateinamerika) (24). Harrassowitz Verlag, Wiesbaden, Germany, 635-650. ISBN 9783447101417

Scott, Michael W. (2015) Cosmogony today: counter-cosmogony, perspectivism, and the return of anti-biblical polemic Religion and Society: Advances in Research, 6 (1). 44-61. ISSN 2150-9298

2014

Scott, Michael W. (2014) Equal time for entities Fieldsights: Theorizing the Contemporary, Cultural Anthropology Online.

Scott, Michael W. (2014) Book review: anthropological cosmochemistry Anthropology of This Century (11). ISSN 2047-6345

Scott, Michael W. (2014) To be a wonder: anthropology, cosmology, and alterity In: Abramson, Allen and Holbraad, Martin, (eds.) Framing Cosmologies: The Anthropology of Worlds. Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK, 31-54. ISBN 9780719095993

Scott, Michael W. (2014) Collecting Makira: kakamora stones, shrine stones and the grounds for things in Arosi In: Burt, Ben and Bolton, Lissant, (eds.) The Things We Value: Culture and History in the Solomon Islands. Sean Kingston Publishing, Canon Pyon, UK, 67-79.

Scott, Michael W. (2014) La métaphysique des particules In: Mélandri, Magali and Revolon, Sandra, (eds.) L'Éclat des ombres : L'Art en noir et blanc des Îles Salomon. Coédition Musée du Quai Branly, Somogy éditions d'art, Paris, France, 172-176. ISBN 9782757208052

Scott, Michael W. (2014) Aquarelles de Léopold Verguet, île de Makira In: Mélandri, Magali and Revolon, Sandra, (eds.) L'Éclat des ombres : L'Art en noir et blanc des Îles Salomon. Coédition Musée du Quai Branly, Somogy éditions d'art, Paris, France, 110-113. ISBN 9782757208052

Scott, Michael W. (2014) La pêche à la bonite: au cœur d’un maelström sacré In: Mélandri, Magali and Revolon, Sandra, (eds.) L'Éclat des ombres : L'Art en noir et blanc des Îles Salomon. Coédition Musée du Quai Branly, Somogy éditions d'art, Paris, France, 165-169. ISBN 9782757208052

2013

Scott, Michael W. (2013) Book review: truth in motion: the recursive anthropology of Cuban divination Religion and Society: Advances in Research, 4 (1). 217-221. ISSN 2150-9298

Scott, Michael W. (2013) Dance-clubs of south-east Solomon Islands In: Bolton, Lissant and Thomas, Nicholas and Bonshek, Elizabeth and Adams, Julie and Burt, Ben, (eds.) Melanesia: Art and Encounter. British Museum, London, UK, 245-247. ISBN 9780714125961

Scott, Michael W. (2013) Book review: an Otago storeman in Solomon Islands: the diary of William Crossan, copra trader, 1885–86 Journal of Pacific History, 48 (2). 241-242. ISSN 0022-3344

Scott, Michael W. (2013) "Heaven on earth" or Satan’s "base" in the Pacific? Internal Christian politics in the dialogic construction of the Makiran underground army In: Tomlinson, Matt and McDougall, Debra, (eds.) Christian Politics in Oceania. ASAO studies in Pacific anthropology (2). Berghahn Books, Oxford, UK, 49-77. ISBN 9780857457462

Venkatesan, Soumhya and Martin, Keir and Scott, Michael W. and Pinney, Christopher and Ssorin-Chaikov, Nikolai and Cook, Joanna and Strathern, Marilyn (2013) The group for debates in anthropological theory (GDAT), The University of Manchester: the 2011 annual debate - non-dualism is philosophy not ethnography Critique of Anthropology, 33 (3). 300-360. ISSN 0308-275X

Scott, Michael W. (2013) The anthropology of ontology (religious science?) Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 19 (4). 859-872. ISSN 1359-0987

2012

Scott, Michael W. (2012) "When people have a vision they are very disobedient”: a Solomon Islands case study for the anthropology of Christian ontologies. In: Individualization through Christian missionary activity, 25-28 Apr 2012, Erfurt, Germany

Scott, Michael W. (2012) The matter of Makira: colonialism, competition, and the production of gendered peoples in contemporary Solomon Islands and medieval Britain History and Anthropology, 23 (1). 115-148. ISSN 0275-7206

2011

Scott, Michael W. (2011) Book review: my God, my land: interwoven paths of Christianity and tradition in Fiji Religion and Society: Advances in Research, 2. 193-194. ISSN 2150-9298

Scott, Michael W. (2011) The Makiran underground army: kastom mysticism and ontology politics in Southeast Solomon Islands In: Hviding, Edvard and Rio, Knut M., (eds.) Made in Oceania: Social Movements, Cultural Heritage and the State in the Pacific. Sean Kingston Publishing, Wantage, UK, 195-222. ISBN 9781907774065

2009

Scott, Michael W. (2009) Book review: tell it as it is: autobiography of Rt.Hon. Sir Peter Kenilorea, KBE, PC Solomon Islands New Zealand Journal of History, 43 (1). 110-111. ISSN 0028-8322

2008

Scott, Michael W. (2008) Proto-people and precedence: encompassing Euroamericans through narratives of 'first contact' in Solomon Islands In: Stewart, Pamela J. and Strathern, Andrew, (eds.) Exchange and Sacrifice. Carolina Academic Press, Durham, N. C., USA, 141-176. ISBN 9781594601798

Scott, Michael W. (2007) The severed snake: matrilineages, making place, and a Melanesian Christianity in Southeast Solomon Islands Carolina Academic Press ritual studies monographs. Carolina Academic Press, Durham, USA. ISBN 1594601534

2005

Scott, Michael W. (2005) 'I was like Abraham' : notes on the anthropology of Christianity from the Solomon Islands Ethnos, 70 (1). 101-125. ISSN 0014-1844

Scott, Michael W (2005) Hybridity, vacuity, and blockage: visions of chaos from anthropological theory, island Melanesia, and central Africa Comparative Studies in Society and History, 47 (1). 190-216. ISSN 0010-4175

2003

Scott, Michael W. (2003) Book review: inscribed landscapes: marking and making place Journal of the Polynesian Society, 112 (2). 176-178. ISSN 0032-4000

Scott, Michael W. (2003) Book review: emplaced myth: space, narrative, and knowledge in aboriginal Australia and Papua New Guinea American Ethnologist, 30 (2). 331-332. ISSN 0094-0496

2002

Scott, Michael W. (2002) Present primordialities: the post-colonial landscape in Arosi (Solomon Islands). In: Fifth Conference of the European Society for Oceanists, Institute for Cultural and Social Anthropology, 4 - 6 July 2002, Vienna, Austria

2000

Scott, Michael W. (2000) Ignorance is cosmos; knowledge is chaos: articulating a cosmological polarity in the Solomon Islands Social Analysis, 44 (2). 56-83. ISSN 0155-977X

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