Paternalism on patrol: An officer’s report on health promotion in colonial Papua

As part of my research on cultural changes in Auhelawa, a society on the south coast of Normanby Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea (PNG), I’ve read through many of the reports written by the young Australian men who worked as officers of the colonial government. You can tell as you read them how […]

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 […]

Yumi olsem wantok tasol: An article from Rabaul News, 1948

Rabaul News was a Pidgin-language newsletter published with support from the Department of Education in the Territory of Papua-New Guinea in the late 1940s and 1950s. Like many such papers at the time, it aspired to bring a reliable news source to the indigenous residents of the Territory, encourage adult education, and explain (or justify) […]

What is the value of money?: Some scenes from Auhelawa’s fiscal landscape

[RS: These snapshots of informal economic activity all come from my fieldwork in Auhelawa (Normanby Island, Papua New Guinea) in 2004, 2006 and 2010. I found this document, dated August 6, 2013, among a few other odd items in an old folder of notes related to a forthcoming paper. It appears to be a prewriting […]

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. […]

Prearchiving: Helping Librarians and Researchers Collaborate on Archiving and Public Dissemination of Research Materials and Correspondence

Scholarship, librarianship and the digital future A humanities scholar’s archive is a significant personal possession and thread of continuity in a lifelong pursuit of their academic vocation. It is also, when donated to a research archive, a significant source of further research on the scholar’s area of inquiry, and an important element in intellectual history. […]

A Grandparent Ghost Story from Lakalai, Papua New Guinea

I am doing research on a story about grandparents and ancestors from Lakalai (West New Britain, PNG). I first read about it in a paper by the anthropologist C. A. Valentine (1965). In Valentine’s telling, there was an elderly Lakalai woman who died. After her death, her spirit continued to watch over her living grandchild. […]

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 […]