Anthropologist Paige West asks us to consider the worlds and lives created by The Regional Resettlement Agreement (RRA) between Australia and Papua New Guinea ethnographically. Based on over twenty years of research in Papua New Guinea and six years of research with people whose lives have been altered by the RRA, Professor West argues that by examining the socialites created by and limited by this situation we can come to understand one possible trajectory for our global future.
This event will be followed by networking and refreshments.
About the speaker
Professor Paige West is the Claire Tow Professor of Anthropology at Barnard College and Columbia University and the Director for the Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University. Her most recent book Dispossession and the Environment: Rhetoric and Inequality in Papua New Guinea was the recipient of the 2017 Columbia University Press Distinguished Book Award. In addition to her twenty plus years of research in Melanesia, Professor West is the founder of the journal Environment and Society, the past chair of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, the co founder of the Ranguva Solwara Skul and the Papua New Guinea Institute for Biological Research, and a recent Phi Beta Kappa National Distinguished Scholar.
Location: Business School Lounge, Level 6, UNSW Business School (Map Ref: E12)
An Institute for Global Development public lecture.