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Robert Barnes


Professor Robert Barnes is a Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford. A Faculty Fellow of St Antony’s College since 1987, he specialises in the cultures and societies of Eastern Indonesia.

He received his B.A. in Anthropology from Reed College before going on to obtain his Ph.D and B.Litt. in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford. He became a lecturer in the University of Edinburgh from 1974 to 1977 and the University of Oxford from 1978 to 1996. In 1996, he became Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford. From 2005 to 2007, Prof Barnes was a member of the Economic and Social Research Council of Great Britain Virtual College. He spent four months in 2008 at the National University of Singapore’s Asia Research Institute as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow.

Prof Barnes has published books and articles on three separate communities on the eastern Indonesian islands of Lembata and Adonara. He is currently ushering a dictionary of an unrecorded eastern Indonesian language.

Research areas
• Cultures and societies of Eastern Indonesia
• Southeast Asian ethnography, history and languages
• North American social anthropology

Selected publications
• Stefano Mona, Katharina E. Grunz, Silke Brauer, Robert Barnes and Brigitte Pakendorf, et al. ‘Corrigendum’, Molecular Biology and Evolution 28 (8), 2011, pp. 2419-2420.
• Robert Barnes ‘Raja Servus of Larantuka, Flores, Eastern Indonesia’, Moussons 16 (1), 2010, pp. 39-55.
• Robert Barnes ‘On Sense and Reference in Eastern Indonesian Personal Names: Finding Space for a Sociology of Naming’, In Zheng Yangwen and Charles J.-H. Macdonald (eds) Personal Names in Asia: History, Culture and Identity, Singapore: National University of Singapore Press, 2010, pp. 224-244.
• Robert Barnes ‘Review of Benjamin Fleming Intan, ‘Public Religion’ and the Pancasila-Based State of Indonesia: An • Ethical and Sociological Analysis.’, Journal of Islamic Studies 102 (1), 2007, pp. 278-281.
• Robert Barnes ‘Review of Alexander Horstmann and Reed L Wadley (eds.), Centering the Margin. Agency and Narrative in Southeast Asian Borderlands, 2006.’, Anthropos 102 (1), 2007, pp. 270-271.
• Robert Barnes ‘Indigenous Use and Management of Whales and Other Marine Resources in East Flores and Lembata, Indonesia’, In Nobuhiro Kishigami and James M. Savelle Senri Ethnological Studies, National Museum of Ethnology: Osaka, 2005.