Professor Emerita of Anthropology and of Social Sciences in the College

PhD, Australian National University, 1961


Nancy D. Munn studies exchange, cultural space and time, and symbolic analysis; she has done field research in Papua New Guinea and Australia. (Retired June 1997.)


Contact Information

Office: Haskell 105
Email: ndmunn@uchicago.edu


Selected Publications

2004
The ‘Becoming-Past’ of Places: Spacetime and Memory in Nineteenth Century Pre-Civil War New York. [2003 Westermarck Lecture]. Finnish Journal of Anthropology (in press).

1966
Excluded Spaces: The Figure in the Australian Aboriginal Landscape. Critical Inquiry 22 (Spring 1996):446-465.

1995
An Essay on the Symbolic Construction of Memory in the Kaluli Gisolo. In D. de Coppet and A. Iteanu, eds. Cosmos and Society in Oceania. Oxford: Berg.

1992
The cultural anthropology of time: A critical essay. Annual Reviews in Anthropology 21:93-123.

1990
Constructing regional worlds in experience: Kula exchange, witchcraft and Gawan local events. Man (n.s.) 25:1-17.

1986
The Fame of Gawa: A Symbolic Study of Value Transformation in a Massim Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

1983
Gawan kula: Spatiotemporal control and the symbolism of influence. In E. and J. Leach, eds., The Kula: New Perspectives on Massim Exchange. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 277-308.