Professor Roy Ellen FBA

Anthropology of the environment, cultural cognition, ethnobiological knowledge systems; eastern Indonesia

Elected 2003

UK Fellow
2003
Anthropology

Roy Ellen is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Human Ecology at the University of Kent. He gained his PhD at the London School of Economics, where he also held his first teaching position. He taught at Kent from 1973 to 2012, where he was professor from 1988 and founding director of the Centre for Biocultural Diversity. He has conducted long-term fieldwork amongst the Nuaulu people of Seram, eastern Indonesia (between 1969 and 2015), and has also undertaken research in other parts of the Moluccan islands, Indonesia and Brunei. His academic distinctions have included Visiting Fellowships or Professorships at the Australian National University, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, the University of Leiden and at Vera Cruz University, Mexico. He has delivered the Royal Anthropological Institute's Curl Lecture, and was its President between 2007 and 2011 Principal Publications 1982 Environment, Subsistence and System: The Ecology of Small-scale Social Formations. Cambridge University Press. 1993 The Cultural Relations of Classification: An Analysis of Nuaulu Animal Categories from Central Seram. Cambridge University Press. 2003 On the Edge of the Banda zone: Past and Present in the Social Organization of a Moluccan Trading Network. University of Hawaii Press. 2005 The Categorical Impulse: Collected Essays in the Anthropology of Classifying Behaviour. Berghahn. 2012 Nuaulu Religious Practices: The Frequency and Reproduction of Rituals in a Moluccan Society. KITLV Press.

Current post

Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Human Ecology, University of Kent

Past appointments

University of Kent Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Human Ecology

Jan 2012 -

University of Kent Professor of Anthropology and Human Ecology

Jan 1988 - Jan 2012

University of Kent Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor

Jan 1973 - Jan 2006

London School of Economics and Political Science University of London Research student and lecturer

Jan 1968 - Jan 1973

Publications

Nuaulu Settlement and Ecology: The Environmental Relations of an Eastern Indonesian Community 1978

Environment, subsistence and system: the ecology of small-scale social formations 1982

Nuaulu Ethnozoology: A Systematic Inventory 1993

The Cultural Relations of Classification: An Analysis of Nuaulu Animal Categories from Central Seram 1993

On the edge of the Banda zone: past and present in the social organization of a Moluccan trading network 2003

The categorical Impulse: Collected Essays in the Anthropology of Classifying Behaviour 2005

Nuaulu Religious Practices: The Frequency and Reproduction of Rituals in a Moluccan Society 2012

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