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From ‘Stone-Age’ to ‘Real-Time’

List of Contributors

Leslie Butt is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria, Canada. She is a medical anthropologist with extensive experience conducting research in Eastern Indonesia on families, HIV/AIDS, reproduction and health care. Her current research focuses on the impact of international migration on the experiences of eastern Indonesian families. She has co-edited two volumes: Troubling Natural Categories: Engaging the Medical Anthropology of Margaret Lock (2013, McGill-Queens University Press, with N. Adelson and K. Kielmann); and Making Sense of AIDS: Culture, Sexuality, and Power in Melanesia (2008, University of Hawai’i Press, with R. Eves). She has also written numerous papers about Papua, including ‘Sexual Tensions: HIV-positive Women in Papua’, in Sex and Sexualities in Contemporary Indonesia: Sexual Politics, Health, Diversity and Representations, L.R. Bennett and S.G. Davies (eds) (2014); and ‘Local Biologies and HIV/AIDS in Highlands Papua, Indonesia’, in Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 37 (1) (2013).

Budi Hernawan is a research fellow at the Abdurrahman Wahid Centre for Inter-Faith Dialogue and Peace at the University of Indonesia and a research associate at Franciscans International, an international NGO accredited with the United Nations based in Geneva and New York. He has done extensive research and professional work in Papua, Indonesia, from 1997–2009. His PhD thesis, entitled ‘From the Theatre of Torture to the Theatre of Peace: The Politics of Torture and Reimagining Peacebuilding in Papua’, reflects his research interests in the anthropology of state violence, human rights, and peacebuilding in Indonesia and the Pacific. He was a guest lecturer at Parahyangan Catholic University in Bandung, Atma Jaya University in Yogyakarta, The Australian National University in Canberra, the University of Sydney, and the University of Wellington.

Jenny Munro is a research fellow in the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program at The Australian National University. She is a cultural anthropologist who works in Papua and other regions of eastern Indonesia. Her doctoral research followed a group of indigenous university students from the central highlands of Papua to North Sulawesi and back home again to examine the social, cultural and political impacts of schooling. Since completing her PhD in 2010, Jenny has conducted five collaborative ethnographic research projects in the domains of HIV/AIDS, sexuality, education and alcohol-related violence. Her research reflects a broader interest in understanding emerging and enduring inequalities that are reshaping daily life in Papua. She has published articles on racial stigma and premarital pregnancy experiences (Journal of Youth Studies), the politics of HIV research and policy formation (The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology), and indigenous experiences of the value of education in highlands Papua (Indonesia). She is currently writing about HIV, gender and mobility in Papua.

Henri Myrttinen is a Senior Researcher on Gender in Peacebuilding at the London-based NGO International Alert. Prior to this, he has worked and researched extensively in and on Papua and eastern Indonesia more generally, as well as on Timor-Leste, which was also the focus of his PhD research, which he completed at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Recent publications include ‘Resistance, Symbolism and the Language of Stateness in Timor-Leste’, in Oceania 83 (3) (2013); ‘Phantom Menaces: The Politics of Rumour, Securitisation and Masculine Identities in the Shadows of the Ninjas’, in The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 14 (5) (2013); ‘Claiming the Dead, Defining the Nation – Contested Narratives of the Independence Struggle in Post-Conflict Timor-Leste’, in Governing the Dead, F. Stepputat (ed) (2014).

Sarah Richards is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne. She has six years of fieldwork experience in Tanah Papua (Wamena and Manokwari) and Papua New Guinea (Bougainville). With a background in psychology (BA Hons.), her research interests involve morality, gender, youth, emotion, HIV and sexuality. Prior to embarking on a PhD, Sarah worked as a subject coordinator for Medical Anthropology at the Centre for Health and Society (Melbourne University), a research assistant and in community development with Indonesian and international NGOs. Her dissertation inquires into the meanings and motivations of avoiding sex before marriage amongst young Papuan women in Manokwari. As well as indexing trends in West Papuan social and political life, this study relies on Papuan experiences of sexual morality to rethink Durkheim for the anthropology of morality and ethics.

Danilyn Rutherford received her doctorate in anthropology with a minor in Southeast Asian Studies from Cornell University in 1997. She is the author of two books: Raiding the Land of the Foreigners: The Limits of the Nation on an Indonesian Frontier (Princeton, 2003) and Laughing at Leviathan: Sovereignty and Audience in West Papua (Chicago, 2012). She has taught at Goldsmiths College, the University of Chicago, and, most recently, the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she is professor and chair. She is a past president of the Society for Cultural Anthropology. Her research has long focused on the disputed Indonesian half of New Guinea and has involved fieldwork and archival research in West Papua, the Netherlands and the United States. She is currently finishing a book provisionally entitled Sympathy, Technology, and the Making of the Stone Age in Dutch New Guinea. She is taking small steps towards her next project, which will focus on belief, secularism, speech and disability in Indonesia and the United States.

Martin Slama is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Indonesia (Java, Bali, Sulawesi, the Moluccas, West Papua) and was guest researcher at The Australian National University in Canberra, State Islamic University Syarif Hidayatullah in Jakarta and Gajah Mada University in Yogyakarta. His main research topics include the Hadhrami diaspora, Islam in Indonesia, and the uses of social media and mobile communication technologies in Southeast Asian contexts. Recent publications: ‘Marriage as Crisis: Revisiting a Major Dispute among Hadhramis in Indonesia’, in Cambridge Anthropology 32 (2) (2014); ‘From Wali Songo to Wali Pitu: The Travelling of Islamic Saint Veneration to Bali’, in Between Harmony and Discrimination: Negotiating Religious Identities within Majority-Minority Relationships in Bali and Lombok, B. Hauser-Schäublin and D. Harnish (eds) (2014); ‘Hadhrami Moderns: Recurrent Dynamics as Historical Rhymes of Indonesia’s Reformist Islamic Organization Al-Irsyad’, in Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia: Magic and Modernity, V. Gottowik (ed.) (2014).

Rupert Stasch is a lecturer in the Division of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, and has carried out fieldwork with Korowai of Papua since 1995. He is the author of Society of Others: Kinship and Mourning in a West Papuan Place (University of California Press, 2009). This and many of his other publications have examined how Korowai take up qualities of separation and otherness as a central, productive basis of social relating. He is working on a book about interactions between Korowai and international tourists, and he has edited a special issue of Ethnos on the subject of ‘Primitivist Tourism’ scheduled for publication in 2015.

Jaap Timmer is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Master of Applied Anthropology at Macquarie University, Sydney. He is the author of Living with Intricate Futures (2000) and numerous articles on cultural change, millenarianism and political developments in Papua, and on political ecology and access to justice in East Kalimantan. Recently, he is also focusing on the anthropology of the state, alternative constitutions, religion and lost tribes in the Asia-Pacific region. His recent publications include ‘Justice in Indonesia: The Social Life of a Momentous Concept’, in The Asia-Pacific Journal of Anthropology 15 (4) (2014) (with Laurens Bakker); ‘The Threefold Logic of Papua-Melanesia: Constitution-writing in the Margins of the Indonesian Nation-State’, in Oceania 83 (3) (2013); ‘Straightening the Path from the Ends of the Earth: The Deep Sea Canoe Movement in Solomon Islands’, in Flows of Faith: Religious reach and community in Asia and the Pacific, L. Manderson, W. Smith and M. Tomlinson (eds) (2012); and ‘Being Seen Like the State: Emulations of Legal Culture in Customary Labor and Tenure Arrangements in East Kalimantan, Indonesia’, in American Ethnologist 37 (4) (2010).


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