Mr Ian Pollock

Mr Ian Pollock

Position: PhD Candidate
School and/or Centres: School of Archaeology and Anthropology


Location: LG1, A.D Hope Building, Australian National University.


Bachelor of Arts, Pomona College (2006) Master of Anthropology, Australian National University (2013) PhD, Australian National University (2015-present)

Ian Pollock is a PhD Candidate in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology, College of Arts and Social Sciences, at the Australian National University. He has previously studied at Pomona College in Claremont, California, majoring in the history of Asia. He conducted ethnographic fieldwork from 2016-17 in Bajawa, on the island of Flores in the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara. His research builds on previous development work in the region, to theorize local conceptions of wealth, poverty, growth, and the social transformations arising from exchange. 

In addition, he is a founding member of the anthropology social engagement project, The Familiar Strange -


Ian's main interests are in the anthropology of exchange, development, cloth and garments, and theories of value, and in the economic history of marginal areas. While his work has carried him to most regions of Indonesia, his interests extend to Timor-Leste, Myanmar, Laos, and Japan

Ian Pollock (2017) Adat in the Office: The Creative Afterlife of a New Order Cultural Policy, The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 18:2, 101-118, DOI: 10.1080/14442213.2016.1268198 

Conference papers:

2016: “Pemborosan/Penghematan, Pride/Shame: Ceremonial Expenditure in Bajawa, Flores,” at the Celebes Institute conference at Tadulako University, Palu, Sulawesi, 19-22 December. 

2012: “Ancient Emblems, Modern Cuts: Weaving and the State in Southeastern Indonesia,” published in Textiles and Politics: Textile Society of America 13th Biennial Symposium Proceedings, Washington, DC, September 18- September 22.

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