Pei bilong sosopen: An article from Lae Garamut, 1948

Another of the postwar education department newsletters in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea was Lae Garamut. It published mainly announcements and instructions from local colonial officials in Pidgin, but like Rabaul News and others, aspired to be a newspaper for indigenous people, and invited readers to submit their own articles.  In 1948, the […]

The 2016 meeting of the Australian Anthropological Society is in Sydney, December 12-15

Posted on behalf of Neil Maclean <anthropology.aas2016@sydney.edu.au> Dear Colleagues, The response to the call for panels for the annual meeting of the Australian Anthropological Society on the theme “Anthropocene Transitions” has been wide-ranging and provocative. I am pleased to advise that the Call for Papers for the 2016 AAS Conference is now open, and can […]

Haus Man, Haus Krai: The Politics of Cosmology in Papua New Guinea

The campaign against sorcery in PNG continues For now nearly two years, groups in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and abroad have been campaigning to end the killing and torture of women accused of sorcery. Recently, grassroots organizations in provincial centres have taken up the cause in earnest, and brought renewed international attention to the matter. […]

Marshall Sahlins, What Kinship Is–And Is Not (Review)

In this book, Marshall Sahlins expands on his recent two-part article in the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute on the nature of kinship and his reply to critics. As a work of theoretical argument, it stands out in anthropology for two main reasons. First, it is an extended essay rather than a monograph, which is relatively […]

The Border in the Eye of the Beholder: Interculturalism in the Pacific (Review)

For more than a generation, anthropology has struggled with where to locate its object in space and time. On the one hand, ethnography has become unabashedly global and historical in scope; yet, on the other, anthropologists have never been content to set local cases against a larger background without also questioning how these levels and […]