Gregory Forth

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Gregory Forth is a professor of anthropology at the University of Alberta. He earned his PhD from University of Oxford in 1980. Forth is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.[1]

As a social anthropologist, Forth's position is both structuralist and interpretivist.[2] He is known for his contributions to ethnoscience.[2]

Forth has conducted fieldwork in eastern Indonesia, and has worked with the Kéo and Nage of Flores island.[1] He believes that the folk creature ebu gogo may in fact be Homo floresiensis[3]

In November 2020, his book A Dog Pissing at the Edge of a Path: Animal Metaphors in Eastern Indonesian Society won the Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Gregory Forth". University of Alberta Department of Anthropology. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b Corbey, Raymond (Winter 2009). "The folk zoology of Southeast Asian wildmen" (PDF). International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter. 52. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  3. ^ Ly, Laura. "Everything old is new again". Work of Arts. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Let it flow: A Dog Pissing at the Edge of a Path wins 42nd Diagram Prize". The Bookseller. 27 November 2020. Retrieved 27 November 2020.