BOOK LAUNCH: Open Day: Sunday 11 Sept 2022

1pm Office for Sausage Sizzle and catch up

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 Coffee and Chat and Buy presents from the West Papua shop

“I am an environmental anthropologist and environmental humanities scholar interested in the intersections of capitalism, ecology, Indigeneity, health, and justice in the Pacific” (Sophie Chao).

“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, ‘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