Preliminary abstract: This study will examine how the recent criminalization of forced marriage in Australia is restructuring Muslim women refugees' experiences of political and cultural citizenship. In 2013, the Australian state deemed forced marriage a federal crime, making it one of two countries in the world to do so. In providing 'escape plans' to recently arrived refugee women and recruiting the help of the Australian Red Cross, the state has framed forced marriage as a decidedly humanitarian issue.
LAUREL ZADNIK, then a student at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, received funding in August 2004 to aid research on 'Converting to Mormonism in Madang, Papua New Guinea: Self, Kinship, and Community,' supervised by Dr. Sandra C. Bamford. Field research was carried out from October 2004 to October 2005 and explored the sociocultural implications of the growth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (commonly known as the Mormon or 'LDS' Church) in Papua New Guinea.
Preliminary abstract: 'What Lies That Way?' Is a feature length ethnographic film focused on the sorcery practices of a remote rainforest community in the southern region of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. Sorcery and the magical practices of subsistence communities continue to be perceived by many as backward or counter to scientific rationalism that dominates Western ways of thinking. This film seeks to challenge this perception by exploring in detail the sorcery practices that form an important part of many Melanesian societies.
ALEXANDRA WIDMER, while a student at York University in Toronto, Canada, received funding in March 2003 to aid research on the constitution of health and subjectivity in Vanuatu, under the supervision of Dr. Margaret Rodman. Widmer looked at changing articulations of the nature of Vanuatu people (ni-Vanuatu) in biomedical, Christian, colonial, development, and kastom discourses regarding health, beginning in the 1850s.
West, Paige. 2003. Knowing the Fight: The Politics of Conservation in Papua New Guinea. Anthropology in Action 10(2):38-45.
West, Paige. 2004. Translation, Value, and Space: Theorizing an Ethnographic and Engaged. Environmental Anthropology. American Anthropologist 107(4):632-642.
West, Paige. 2005. Holding the Story Forever: The Aesthetics of Ethnographic Labour. Anthropological Forum 15(3):267-275.
DR. PAIGE WEST, Barnard College, New York, New York, was awarded funding in April 2005 to aid research on 'From Modern Production to Imagined Primitive: Tracing the Commodity Ecumene for Papua New Guinean Coffee.' This project examined the meaning and value attributed to coffee along its commodity chain from production in rural Papua New Guinea (PNG), distribution from Urban Papua New Guinea, and marketing and consumption in Europe, Australia, and the United States.
'Europe and the Pacfic: The 10th Conference of the European Society of Oceanists (ESFO)
June 24-27, 2015, Brussels, Belgium
Organizers: Toon Van Meijl (Radboud U.) and Anke Tonnaer (U. Nijmegen)
SABRA GAYLE THORNER, then a student at New York University, New York, New York, received funding in April 2008 to aid research on 'Indigenizing Photography: Archives, Activism, and New Visual Media in Contemporary Australia,' supervised by Dr. Fred R. Myers. The research undertaken during this grant explores the technologies and resources through which Indigenous Australians are fashioning a new visual culture.