Dr Ryan Schram

Lecturer

A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9114 1293

Website Contact details

Biographical details

Ryan Schram is a cultural anthropologist whose research deals with the process of economic and social changes in Auhelawa, an indigenous society on the south coast of Normanby Island, Papua New Guinea. In his dissertation, entitled "Feast of Water: Christianity and the Economic Transformation of a Melanesian Society" (UC San Diego, 2009), Schram argues that Christianity plays an important role in this process by shaping the way people see the relationships between Western and Auhelawa cultures in terms of specific narratives of history. More recently, Schram has begun to explore the reflexivity of cultural change itself, or, how people's perceptions of how change works influences the consequences of historical events and processes like cross-cultural contact, colonialism and globalization. He is interested in finding how different modes of reflexive perception are acquired, mediated, transmitted and reinforced, and what happens when people have different, conflicting modes of reflexivity–kinship and Christianity–to choose from. These questions have led him to consider what besides religion are the other sites at the border between cultures that afford people reflexive awareness of cultural change, e.g. "nature" or "the environment," development projects, education, and indigenous rights movements.

Research interests

  • social change
  • anthropology of Christianity
  • religion, ritual, history and historical memory
  • kinship
  • regional systems
  • language
  • education
  • human ecology
  • exchange theory
  • value theory
  • Melanesia and the Pacific

Teaching and supervision

Schram teaches ANTH 2667: The Anthropology of Religion (Semester 1) and ANTH 2654: Forms of Families (Semester 2). In the past, he has taught units on economic anthropology, culture theory, migration, kinship, and the anthropology of Melanesia

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected publications

Download citations: PDF RTF Endnote

Journals

  • Schram, R. (2014). Notes on the Sociology of Wantoks in Papua New Guinea. Anthropological Forum, 25(1). [More Information]
  • Schram, R. (2014). Only the Names Have Changed: Dialectic and Differentiation of the Indigenous Person in Papua New Guinea. Anthropological Theory, 14(2), 133-152. [More Information]
  • Schram, R. (2013). One Mind: Enacting the Christian congregation among the Auhelawa, Papua New Guinea. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 24(1), 30-47. [More Information]
  • Schram, R. (2012). Book review: The Border in the Eye of the Beholder: Interculturalism in the Pacific. Anthropological Quarterly, 85(4), 1257-1267. [More Information]
  • Schram, R. (2010). Finding Money: Business and Charity in Auhelawa, Papua New Guinea. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, 75(4), 447-470. [More Information]
  • Schram, R. (2010). Witches' Wealth: Witchcraft, Confession and Christian Personhood in Auhelawa, Papua New Guinea. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 16(4), 726-742. [More Information]
  • Schram, R. (2007). Sit, Cook, Eat, Full Stop: Religion and the Rejection of Ritual in Auhelawa (Papua New Guinea). Oceania, 77(2), 172-190.

Conferences

  • Schram, R. (2012). A Society Divided: Death, Personhood and Christianity in Auhelawa, Papua New Guinea. American Anthropological Association 111th Annual Meeting (2012), United States of America: American Anthropological Association.
  • Schram, R. (2011). One Mind: Methodist and Pentecostal Ritual in Auhelawa, Papua New Guinea. Australian Anthropological Society Conference, Western Australia: Australian Anthropological Association.
  • Schram, R. (2010). Is Avatar Real? American Anthropological Association 109th Annual Meeting (2010), United States of America: American Anthropological Association.
  • Schram, R. (2009). The Self-Supporting Mission: Articulating Change through Charity in Colonial Papua. American Anthropological Association 108th Annual Meeting: The End/s of Anthropology (2009), United States of America: American Anthropological Association.
  • Schram, R. (2008). "What Is It In Our Language?": Practices of Language Purism in a Papua New Guinea Vernacular Elementary School. 2008 Annual Meeting of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania.
  • Schram, R. (2008). 'Back To The Village': Christianity, Development, and Decline in a Melanesian Society. American Anthropological Association 107th Annual Meeting: Inclusion, Collaboration & Engagement (2008), United States of America: American Anthropological Association.
  • Schram, R. (2008). Only the Names Have Changed: Ethnogenesis as the Globalization of Individualism in Auhelawa, Papua New Guinea. Dumont and the Global Order, an international workshop.
  • Schram, R. (2007). The Fame of a New Church: Conversion and Social Control among the Auhelawa of Papua New Guinea. 2007 Biennial Meeting of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion.
  • Schram, R. (2007). The Honor of a Graveworker: Mortuary Cannibalism and the Auhelawa Construction of a Savage Past. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting 2007, United States of America: American Anthropological Association.
  • Schram, R. (2007). The New Jerusalem in the Village: Myths of Modernity from Papua New Guinea. 2007 Biennial Meeting of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion.
  • Schram, R. (2005). Feasting for Fundraising: Food Exchange in a Melanesian Church. 2005 Biennial Meeting of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion.

2014

  • Schram, R. (2014). Notes on the Sociology of Wantoks in Papua New Guinea. Anthropological Forum, 25(1). [More Information]
  • Schram, R. (2014). Only the Names Have Changed: Dialectic and Differentiation of the Indigenous Person in Papua New Guinea. Anthropological Theory, 14(2), 133-152. [More Information]

2013

  • Schram, R. (2013). One Mind: Enacting the Christian congregation among the Auhelawa, Papua New Guinea. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 24(1), 30-47. [More Information]

2012

  • Schram, R. (2012). A Society Divided: Death, Personhood and Christianity in Auhelawa, Papua New Guinea. American Anthropological Association 111th Annual Meeting (2012), United States of America: American Anthropological Association.
  • Schram, R. (2012). Book review: The Border in the Eye of the Beholder: Interculturalism in the Pacific. Anthropological Quarterly, 85(4), 1257-1267. [More Information]

2011

  • Schram, R. (2011). One Mind: Methodist and Pentecostal Ritual in Auhelawa, Papua New Guinea. Australian Anthropological Society Conference, Western Australia: Australian Anthropological Association.

2010

  • Schram, R. (2010). Finding Money: Business and Charity in Auhelawa, Papua New Guinea. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, 75(4), 447-470. [More Information]
  • Schram, R. (2010). Is Avatar Real? American Anthropological Association 109th Annual Meeting (2010), United States of America: American Anthropological Association.
  • Schram, R. (2010). Witches' Wealth: Witchcraft, Confession and Christian Personhood in Auhelawa, Papua New Guinea. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 16(4), 726-742. [More Information]

2009

  • Schram, R. (2009). The Self-Supporting Mission: Articulating Change through Charity in Colonial Papua. American Anthropological Association 108th Annual Meeting: The End/s of Anthropology (2009), United States of America: American Anthropological Association.

2008

  • Schram, R. (2008). "What Is It In Our Language?": Practices of Language Purism in a Papua New Guinea Vernacular Elementary School. 2008 Annual Meeting of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania.
  • Schram, R. (2008). 'Back To The Village': Christianity, Development, and Decline in a Melanesian Society. American Anthropological Association 107th Annual Meeting: Inclusion, Collaboration & Engagement (2008), United States of America: American Anthropological Association.
  • Schram, R. (2008). Only the Names Have Changed: Ethnogenesis as the Globalization of Individualism in Auhelawa, Papua New Guinea. Dumont and the Global Order, an international workshop.

2007

  • Schram, R. (2007). Sit, Cook, Eat, Full Stop: Religion and the Rejection of Ritual in Auhelawa (Papua New Guinea). Oceania, 77(2), 172-190.
  • Schram, R. (2007). The Fame of a New Church: Conversion and Social Control among the Auhelawa of Papua New Guinea. 2007 Biennial Meeting of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion.
  • Schram, R. (2007). The Honor of a Graveworker: Mortuary Cannibalism and the Auhelawa Construction of a Savage Past. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting 2007, United States of America: American Anthropological Association.
  • Schram, R. (2007). The New Jerusalem in the Village: Myths of Modernity from Papua New Guinea. 2007 Biennial Meeting of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion.

2005

  • Schram, R. (2005). Feasting for Fundraising: Food Exchange in a Melanesian Church. 2005 Biennial Meeting of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion.

For support on your academic profile contact .