Staff profile

Professor Alberto Gomes

Professor, Director, Centre for Dialogue

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce
Humanities and Social Sciences
Centre for Dialogue

SS 409, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Qualifications

MA (Malaya), PhD (ANU).

Membership of professional associations

1998 - Member of the Editorial Board of Asian Ethnicity Journal. 2007-Member of the Editorial Board of Suomen Antropologi (Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society).

Area of study

Anthropology
Asian Studies
International Development

Brief profile

 Much of my research has been on the impact of state-sponsored development, capitalism and modernity on Indigenous communities, particularly the Orang Asli (Malaysian Aborigines). Drawing from this research, I have published numerous papers and three books (Malaysia and the "Original People", with R. Dentan, K. Endicott, and B. Hooker; Looking for Money; and Modernity and Malaysia: Settling the Menraq Forest Nomads). I have also published on cultural politics in Malaysia (such as the edited book Multiethnic Malaysia, with Lim Teck Ghee and Azly Rahman) and in Goa, India. In the last five years, my publication projects have focused on what we can learn from Indigenous peoples and their epistemologies rather than merely learning about them. Related to this are my current projects on (1) the nexus between equality (or egalitarianism), sustainability and peace and (2) Indigenous forms of conflict transformation, dialogue and empathetic engagement. I am also working on a book, tentatively entitled Culture Matters in Malaysia.  For the past twenty five years, I have taught introductory anthropology.

Research interests

Asian Cultural Studies

- South and Southeast Asia

International Aid and Development

- Anthropology and sociology of development

Social and Cultural Anthropology

- Peace and Conflict Transformation

Teaching units

ANT1CAG - Culture and Globalisation.

Recent publications

Gomes, AG ,2013, ‘Anthropology and the Politics of Indigeneity’, Anthropological Forum, 23 (1): 5-15.

 

Gomes, AG, 2013, ‘Managing Cultural Diversity and Conflict: A Case Study on Malaysia’, In Culture, Religion and Conflict in Muslim Southeast Asia. (edited by J. Camilleri and Schottmann). Routledge.

 

Gomes, AG, 2012, ‘Alter-native Development: Indigenous Forms of Social Ecology’, Third World Quarterly 33(6): 1059-1073.

 

Gomes, AG, 2011, ‘Give or Take: A Comparative Analysis of Demand Sharing among the Menraq and Semai of Malaysia’ In Ethnography and the Production of Knowledge: Essays in Honour of Nicolas Peterson. (edited by Yasmine Musharbash &  Marcus Barber). Canberra: ANU EPress.

 

Gomes, AG, 2010, What does it mean to be poor among the Orang Asli?’, In The Malaysian Way of Life. (edited by Julian C. H. Lee). Kuala Lumpur: Marshall Cavendish Editions.

Gomes, AG, 2010, ‘Menraq and the Violence of Modernity’. In Anthropology of Nonkilling (edited by Joam Evans Pim). Center for Global Nonkilling.

 

Lim, TG, Gomes, AG and Rahman, A (eds), 2009, Multiethnic Malaysia: Past, Present and Future, Strategic Information and Research Development Centre and USCI University, Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur.

 

Gomes, AG and Lim, TG 2009, ‘Culture and Development in Malaysia’, in Lim Teck Ghee, Alberto Gomes, Azly Rahman (eds), Multiethnic Malaysia: Perspectives on Past, Present and Future, Strategic Information and Research Development Centre and USCI University, Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur.

 

Gomes, AG 2009, ‘Ethnicisation of the Orang Asli: A Case-study on the Semai’, in Lim Teck Ghee, Alberto Gomes, Azly Rahman (eds), Multiethnic Malaysia: Past, Present and Future, Strategic Information and Research Development Centre and USCI University, Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur.

 

Gomes, AG 2009, ‘Superlative Syndrome, Cultural Politics, and Neoliberalism in Malaysia’, in Lim Teck Ghee, Alberto Gomes, Azly Rahman (eds), Multiethnic Malaysia: Past, Present and Future, Strategic Information and Research Development Centre and USCI University, Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur.

 

Gomes, AG 2007, Modernity and Malaysia: Settling the Menraq forest nomads, Routledge.

 

Gomes, AG 2007, '"Land Spilled With My Blood": Cultural Contestations and Spatial Transformation', in M Ruckenstein and M-L Karttunen (eds), On Foreign Ground: Moving between Countries and Categories, Finnish Literature Society, pp125-134.

 

Gomes, AG 2007, 'Cultural Syncretism, Civility and Religious Diversity in Goa, India', Suomen Antropologi (Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society), 32(3): 12-24.

 

Gomes, AG, Kaartinen, T and Kortteinen, T 2007, 'Introduction: Civility and Social Relations in South and Southeast Asia', Suomen Antropologi (Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society), 32(3): 4-11.

 

Gomes, AG 2004, Looking for Money: Capitalism and Modernity in an Orang Asli Village, COAC, Kuala Lumpur and Trans Pacific Press, Melbourne.

 

 

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