BOOK LAUNCH: Open Day: Sunday 11 Sept 2022

1pm Lunch at the Docklands Office (Sausage Sizzle, Vegetable Broth in Coconut bowls)

2pm Award-winning anthropologist Sophie Chao talking about her latest study In the Shadow of the Palms: More-than-human becomings in West Papua (Duke University Press, June 2022). This event will also be live on zoom. Please book at

3pm Dr Toscano’s Auction: Two hand-hewn chairs carved from recycled wood by David McKenzie.

Media Release Sophie Chao, Media Release, 1 Sep 2022

SOPHIE CHAO “I am an environmental anthropologist and environmental humanities scholar interested in the intersections of capitalism, ecology, Indigeneity, health, and justice in the Pacific”.

Have a peek review at In the Shadow of the Palms

In the Shadow of the Palms: more-than-human becomings in West Papua “This excellent and beautifully written book, which is both heart-wrenching and joy producing, makes a field-changing contribution to anthropology, human-animal studies, political ecology, environmental humanities, and postcolonial studies” (Paige West, author of ‘Dispossession and the Environment: Rhetoric and Inequality in Papua New Guinea’)

Introduction In the Shadow of the Palms; More-than-human becomings in West Papua
[click to read/download] In the Shadow of the Palms, Introduction

More from Sophie Chao The Plastic Cassowary; Problematic Pets in West Papua
Ethnos Journal of Anthropology, July 2018.
[Click to read] ThePlasticCassowaryProblematicPetsinWestPapua