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The Moral Economy of Mobile Phones


Robert J. Foster is Professor of Anthropology and Visual and Cultural Studies, and Richard L. Turner Professor of Humanities at the University of Rochester. His research interests include globalisation, corporations, commercial media and material culture. He is the author of Social Reproduction and History in Melanesia: Mortuary Ritual, Gift Exchange, and Custom in the Tanga Islands (Cambridge University Press, 1995); Materializing the Nation: Commodities, Consumption, and Media in Papua New Guinea (Indiana University Press, 2002); and Coca-Globalization: Following Soft Drinks from New York to New Guinea (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). His most recent book is Art, Artifact, Commodity: Perspectives on the P.G.T. Black Collection (Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences, 2015; co-edited with Kathryn H. Leacock).

Heather A. Horst is Professor of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses upon understanding how digital media, technology and other forms of material culture mediate relationships, communication, learning, mobility and our sense of being human. Her co-authored and co-edited books examining these themes include The Cell Phone: An Anthropology of Communication (Berg Publishers, 2006); Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project (MIT Press, 2008); Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media (MIT Press, 2009); Digital Anthropology (Berg, Publishers 2012); and Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practice (Sage Publications, 2016).

Margaret Jolly (FASSA) is a Professor in the School of Culture, History and Language in the College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University. She was an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow 2010–2015, and has written extensively on gender in the Pacific, exploratory voyages, missions and contemporary Christianity, maternity and sexuality, cinema and art; she is currently researching gender and climate change in the Pacific, funded by an ARC Discovery Project. Her most recent book is Gender Violence and Human Rights: Seeking Justice in Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu (ANU Press, 2016; edited with Aletta Biersack and Martha Macintyre); her full list of publications is available at

Dan Jorgensen is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Western Ontario. His research interests include mobile telephony and social media, Christianity and transnational evangelism, and the anthropology of mining. He is the author of numerous articles including ‘Who and what is a landowner? Mythology and marking the ground in a Papua New Guinea mining project’ in Anthropological Forum; ‘Third Wave evangelism and the politics of the global in Papua New Guinea: Spiritual warfare and the recreation of place in Telefolmin’ in Oceania; and ‘Mining narratives and multiple geographies in Papua New Guinea: Ok Tedi, the emerald cave, and Lost Tribes’ in Journal de la Société des Océanistes.

Daniela Kraemer is an applied anthropologist focused on understanding the lived experiences of marginalised populations with the aim of using the data and insights to push for social change. She is lead ethnographer at InWithForward, a social service design shop, and teaches anthropology at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research interests include urban practices of marginalised youth in Port Vila, Vanuatu, and experiences of social services by street-involved adults, isolated seniors and newcomers across Canada.

David Lipset is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. He has done fieldwork in Papua New Guinea intermittently since 1981. He is the author of Gregory Bateson: The Legacy of a Scientist (Beacon Press, 1980); Mangrove Man: Dialogics of Culture in the Sepik Estuary (Cambridge University Press, 1997); and Yabar: The Alienations of Murik Men in a Papua New Guinea Modernity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Jeffrey Mantz is Program Director in Cultural Anthropology and Human Subjects Research Officer at the National Science Foundation, where he has served since 2012. He holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago and has previously taught at George Mason University, Cornell University, California State University at Stanislaus and Vassar College. His research takes him to the Caribbean and Central Africa, where he explores issues related to inequality, resource extraction and commodity supply chains.

Holly Wardlow is Professor of Anthropology at University of Toronto. Her research interests include gender, sexuality, interpersonal violence and medical anthropology. She is the author of Wayward Women: Sexuality and Agency in a New Guinea Society (University of California Press, 2006) and a co-author of The Secret: Love, Marriage, and HIV (Vanderbilt University Press, 2009). She is currently completing a sole-authored monograph about HIV/AIDS in Papua New Guinea.

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