New Session: Ethnographic Approach to Contemporary Issues in Papua New Guinea
Co-organizers: Alex Golub and Paige West
Thursday, February 9, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Orchid 2
This informal session aims to discuss important contemporary issues in Papua New Guinea including the latest trends in governance, economic development,
and politics. Potential topics include the Pacific Marine Industrial Zone, recent turbulence on university campuses, the Manus Detention Center, and other pressing topics. Participants will present short, ethnographically informed papers on these topics, which will help brief ASAOers on the state of affairs in the country today, and how they might relate to scholarly concerns in the literature. Most of the session will be devoted to informal discussion of the topics presented. Depending on the amount of papers and the topics involved, we may pair participants, or break into small discussion groups.
Our goal is to workshop these papers and get them into good enough shape that participants can (if they want) post them online. If enough people want to go further,
we may decide to proceed to a formal session next year. People who have expressed interest in this panel include: Victoria Stead, Miriam Supuma, Philip Gibbs,
Alex Golub, and Paige West.
Alex Golub, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa <email@example.com>;
Paige West, Barnard College and Columbia University <firstname.lastname@example.org>