Dr. Christiane Falck
Christiane Falck is one of our postdoctoral researchers and lecturers. Her regional focus is Oceania, particularly Papua New Guinea and the Sepik River region. Christiane completed her PhD at James Cook University (Australia) and Aarhus University (Denmark) in 2016 with the project “Calling the Dead – Spirits, Mobile Phones and the Talk of God in a Sepik River Community (Papua New Guinea)”. In her PhD project, she investigated religious and technological change and the (re-) appropriation of cultural elements. Her dissertation won the 'Dean's Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence' (JCU) and the 'Hank Nelson Prize' (ANU). Christiane is also interested in concepts of the body and person, gender, cosmology and ontology, as well as human-environment-relations. Her postdoctoral research project, ”Encountering Nature in the Anthropocene” (working title), aims to investigate how religious and ecological change impacts on a society whose cosmology is based on an intimate relationship between humans and their environment.
Human-environment relations, gender, personhood, religious change, Melanesian Christianity, cosmology, ontology, political ontology
Oceania, Papua New Guinea, Sepik
Ongoing since S2012
research cooperation with Timbunmeli community (Nyaura, West Iatmul), middle Sepik, Papua New Guinea
study on perceptions of social change and HIV/AIDS among university students, Divine Word University, Papua New Guinea