Michael Oman-Reagan

Education:

Ph.D. Candidate, Vanier Scholar; Memorial University

M.A. Anthropology; Hunter College, CUNY

B.A. Anthropology, Religion, Thomas Hunter Honors Program; Hunter College, CUNY

Contact:

Email: omanreagan@mun.ca

Research Interests:

My main research interests include: exploration beyond our solar system; science; interstellar space; SETI (the search for extraterrestrial intelligence); imagination, futures, and science fiction; emergent and new religions; and social movements. Geographically my research has been situated in online space, outer space, Indonesia, the United States, and Canada.

Selected Writing:

 

  • “Speculative Ethnography and First Contact with Possible Futures.” Paper presented for “‘Realists’ of a Larger Reality: Anthropological intersections with Science Fiction.” 116th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association; Washington, D.C. 2 December. (2017)
  • “Conceptualizing Difference in SETI: New Anthropological Insights on Extraterrestrial Intelligence from Theory, Ontology, and Multispecies Ethnography.” (accepted white-paper). SETI Institute. (2017)
  • “Visions of Human Futures in Space and SETI.” (with Jason T. Wright). International Journal of Astrobiology, 2017, 1–12. (2017)
  • “The Resonance of Earth, Other Worlds, and Exoplanets.” (with Lisa Messeri). Anthrodendum/Savage Minds. February 23. (2017)
  • “The Religion of the Educated Classes Revisited: New Religions, the Nonreligious, and Educational Levels.” (with James R. Lewis and Sean E. Currie). Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 55 (1): 91–104. (2016)
  • “Unfolding the Space Between Stars: Anthropology of the Interstellar.” Paper presentation for “Making Outer Space Intimate: Familiar Scales and Strange Sites.” 114th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association; Denver, Colorado. 21 November. (2015)
  • “The Social Lives of Plants, in Space.” Astrosociological Insights 4 (2): 4–8. (2015)
  • “The Dregs of the Library: Trashing the Occupy Wall Street Library.” Discard Studies: Studies of waste, pollution, and externalities, August 31. Republished in Backchannels, Society for Social Studies of Science, September 7. (2015)
  • “Occupying Cyberspace: Indonesian Cyberactivism and Occupy Wall Street.” Paper presentation. For "Bridging Digital and Physical Publics: Digital Anthropologists’ Current Engagements with 21st Century Publics.” 112th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association; Chicago, Illinois. 22 November. (2013)
  • “Occupying Cyberspace: Indonesian Cyberactivists and Occupy Wall Street.” Critical Quarterly 54 (2): 39–45. (2012)

 

Selected Events:

  • “Habitable Wor(l)ds.” Invited participant. Blumberg Summit. Moderator Luis Campos, Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology. John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. (2017)
  • “Interstellar Anthropology and Cultural Infrastructures for a Spacefaring Species.” Invited presentation. Starship Congress 2017. Monterey, California. (2017)
  • Breakthrough Discuss. Invited participant. Stanford University Department of Physics, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and the Breakthrough Initiatives. Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. (2017)
  • “Making Outer Space Intimate: Familiar Scales and Strange Sites.” Panel organizer, chair. (with Kira Turner). 114th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. (2015)

 

Contact

Department of Anthropology

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000