Copyright versus ‘work for hire’

I’ve never really read contracts for publishing articles and reviews closely, but just recently I’ve caught wind of a change among many academic publishers. Instead of allowing the author to retain the copyright, publishers wish contributors to offer their writing as a ‘work for hire’, which is a category used for the intellectual products of […]

Let’s talk kula

I am interested in finding sources on the phenomenon of “kula talk” (Weiner 1992: 141) or “kula speech” (Munn 1992: 109). Many Kula researchers, including Damon, Weiner and Munn, mention a distinct genre of speech and discourse about the roads of kula valuables. The phenomenon is interesting because, as you all know, Malinowski argued that […]

Mobility and last names: Predictably, kinship is mistaken for genes, again

I read a recent op-ed in the New York Times, “Your Ancestors, Your Fate,” by Gregory Clark the other day. I can’t wait to talk about it in my kinship class next semester. It was a fascinating argument that kinship links have deep, lasting effects on individuals. Much as the social network analysis of the […]

A New Government Breaks With The Past in The Papua New Guinea Parliament’s “Haus Tambaran”

Previously posted on Material World. The 2013 session of the Parliament of Papua New Guinea (PNG) ended with drama from an unexpected place. After months of stories from PNG of mobs and armed gangs torturing women and men they accused of sorcery, and a campaign of symbolic mourning by women across the country against violence, […]

Cafe New Guinea documents PNG village foodways

I’m looking forward to more mouthwatering food photography from Cafe New Guinea on Facebook, and their forthcoming TV show. The creators recently posted a photoset from Sibonai, Normanby, including a beautiful, shimmering, savory pot of mona (taro pudding) presented with hibiscus blossoms. Facebook commentators from across PNG and abroad are comparing notes on names for […]

Liberation and development in Glebe at Tranby College

In Glebe, the leafy suburb of Sydney, one can find a connection between the Australian labor movement, Anglo-Catholic Anglicanism, and the Territory of Papua at Tranby Aboriginal Co-operative College. Alf Clint was a labor activist who was drawn to the Christian socialism of the Anglo-Catholic community based at Christ Church St Laurence in Sydney. He […]