Recent notes

Questions for Q&A on Monday

I asked to be in the audience of the ABC panel discussion show Q&A. The guests will be two politicians (a Victorian senator and a federal shadow minister), author Rachel Botsman (who writes on the “sharing economy”), an “expert” on “Islamic extremism,” and… Jane Goodall (!). I got a seat, too. So, naturally, I submitted […]

Unamai: A hot ticket in Rabaul, New Guinea, 1951

An announcement of a string band concert at Unamai Restaurant in Rabaul, 1951 In the January 13, 1951 issue of Rabaul News, a small item appeared at the top of page 4, in the Village News section. It read: UNAMAI RESTAURANT (HAUS KAIKAI) Baai (Nodup) String Band – baimbai oli pilai gita TUDEI LONG NAIT! […]

Looking up from Pwapwata, Normanby Island, Papua New Guinea

A view of Menumenu mountain and points east from Pwapwata, in Kurada, Normanby Island (Milne Bay Province), Papua New Guinea Between November 14 and 16, 2006, I took some of my last remaining rolls of film and my Pentax K1000 camera to capture the landscapes of Auhelawa on Normanby Island. One of the places I […]

Fieldwork photos from Normanby Island, eleven years later

Opa Haimanu, a member and lay preacher in the Sowala United Church, leaves the church building after the Sunday tapwalolo (worship) service on November 12, 2006. My first trip to Papua New Guinea was in 2004. On that trip, I ended up in Kurada on Normanby Island in Milne Bay Province and stayed for seven […]

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. […]