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IN THE MEDIA

A selection of essays, interviews, and podcasts published in national, international, print, and digital media outlets.

LIVING WITH ASHES

26 July 2021

An essay on forest lives, deaths, and afterlives, published in the Society for Cultural Anthropology's Hotspots series, "Firestorm: Critical Approaches to Forest Death and Life."

PLURALIZING JUSTICE

1 July 2021

An essay on social, environmental, and multispecies justice in West Papua, published by Struggles for Sovereignty.

SYDNEY ANTHROPOLOGIST WINS SCHOLARS OF COLOR FIRST BOOK PRIZE

28 June 2021

A news piece on my forthcoming book, recipient of the Duke University Press Scholars of Color First Book Prize. Published by the University of Sydney.

SPACECRAFTS AND SOVEREIGNTY

17 May 2021

An op-ed on spacecrafts and sovereignty in West Papua, published in The Conversation. Also available in Indonesian.

PROPOSED BASED FOR ELON MUSK'S SPACEX PROJECT THREATENS LANDS AND LIVELIHOODS IN BIAK, PAPUA

15 May 2021

An op-ed on the potential impacts of the SpaceX project in Biak, West Papua, published by TRT World.

THE INDONESIAN ISLAND THAT COULD HOST ELON MUSK'S NEW SPACEX SITE

23 Apr 2021

Interview with BBC News on Biak, human rights, and space exploration in West Papua. By Yvette Tan and Ayomi Amindoni.

MORE-THAN-HUMAN: AN INTERVIEW ON NATURE, CULTURE, AND INDIGENOUS KNOLWEDGE

25 Feb 2021

An interview on plant-human relations in West Papua, published by Kunsthistorisches Institute in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut. With Sanja Savkic.

Watch the original guest talk here

STORYING EXTINCTION

27 Jan 2021

A reflection on storying crisis, loss, and co-existence, inspired by the Sydney Festival Requiem panel, "An Endangered Menagerie," and published by the Sydney Environment Institute.

ASIAN CURRENTS INTERVIEW

15 Jan 2021

An interview on the 2020 John Legge Prize-winning thesis, "In the Shadow of the Palms: Plant-Human Relations among the Marind-Anim, West Papua" published by the Asian Studies Association of Australia's Asian Currents.

A CANCER AT THE HEART OF THE UN

30 Dec 2020

On op-ed on the West Papua conflict, published by Southeast Asia Globe. Interviewed by Klas Lundstrom.

RACIAL JUSTICE AND INDEPENDENCE IN WEST PAPUA

15 Dec 2020

On op-ed on racial justice and independence in West Papua, published by TIME magazine. Interviewed by Amy Gunia.

FROM PHD TO BOOK

EXPERIENCES IN THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY

24 November 2020

A webinar on turning a thesis into a book, hosted by the Asian Studies Association of Australia. With Nathan Hollier (University of Melbourne Press), Kevin Carrico (Monash University), and Benjamin Hegarty (Melbourne University).

Password: zfG7FHRY!=3y

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A LANGUAGE DIES

19 Nov 2020

A review of anthropologist Don Kulick's A Death in the Rainforest, published by SAPIENS, the magazine of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.

THE IMPACTS OF TREE PLANTATIONS ON WOMEN AND WOMEN-LED RESISTANCE TO MONOCULTURES

21 September 2020

A webinar marking the International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, hosted by the Global Forest Coalition.

Read the report here

EP #62. JOB FANTASIES, WORKING WITH OTHERS, EXTRACTIVE CALLS, AND RECIPROCITY REVISITED

24 Aug 2020

A current affairs podcast  produced by the Australian National University's The Familiar Strange. With Alexander d’Aiola, Deanna Catto, and Michael Dunford.

AFTER 75 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE, INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN INDONESIA STILL STRUGGLING FOR EQUALITY

14 August 2020

An essay on the rights and realities of Indigenous peoples in Indonesia, published by The Conversation as part of a series to commemorate Indonesia Day. With Fidelis Sastriastanti.

INTERDISCIPLINARITY IN A MORE-THAN-HUMAN WORLD

6 - 7 August 2020

A two-day workshop on putting interdisciplinary research into practice, hosted by the Sydney Environment Institute and co-organized by Danielle Celermajer and Sophie Chao. This workshop was reviewed by Zsuzsanna Ihar and Hayley Singer.

Listen to Part I

Listen to Part II

KELAPA SAWIT MEMBUNUH SAGU

30 July 2020

An interview on the John Legge Prize for Best Thesis in Asian Studies and my research in West Papua, published by ABC News Indonesia. By Farid M. Ibrahim.

SOPHIE CHAO AWARDED JOHN LEGGE PRIZE FOR BEST THESIS IN ASIAN STUDIES 2019

24 July 2020

The John Legge Prize for Best Thesis in Asian Studies is awarded annually by the Asian Studies Association of Australia. This year's Judging Panel was composed of Antonia Finnane (Melbourne), Garry Rodan (Murdoch), and Kirin Narayan (ANU).

See also

Sydney Environment Institute

History Matters

EP #60. ADAPTING METHODS, HUMAN DIFFERENCE, VIRTUAL DOJOS, AND FOGGY FIELDNOTES

27 July 2020

A current affairs podcast on COVID-19, memory and fieldwork, and ontological difference, produced by the Australian National University's The Familiar Strange. With Alexander d’Aiola, Deanna Catto, and Simon Theobald.

HEALTH, HARM, HABITUS

7 July 2020

An essay on pandemic phenomenologies in COVID-19, published by critical theory and historical sociology journal Thesis Eleven as part of the online collection "Living and Thinking with Crisis."

THE CULTURAL DIMENSIONS OF FOOD INSECURITY IN PAPUA

14 July 2020

An essay on the cultural dimensions of food, hunger, and the environment among Marind in West Papua, published by investigative research organizationsThe Gecko Project and Mongabay.

WEST PAPUA AND BLACK LIVES MATTER

17 June 2020

An essay on Black Lives Matter and endemic racism in West Papua, published in the online magazine Inside Indonesia.

RACISM AND SYSTEMIC OPPRESSION

IN INDONESIA

9 June 2020

A short interview on the resonances of Black Lives Matter and structural racism in West Papua, published by the ethical Indonesian jewellery venture Gardens of the Sun.

 MULTISPECIES STORIES: WHY DO THEY MATTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS? 

29 July 2020

An essay on multispecies ethnography and human rights, published by the Australian human rights organization Right Now.

AMPHIBIOUS JUSTICE

22 June 2020

A blog on justice and amphibious living, published by the Sydney Environment Institute.

APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY

7 September 2020

A podcast on the values of applied anthropology beyond academia,  organized by the Australian Network of Student Anthropologists (ANSA) and produced by the Australian National University's podcast and blog series The Familiar Strange. With Sophie Chao, Jayne Curnow, Derek Elias, Marcus Barber, Bronwyn Hall, Leslie Pyne, and Hanna Jagtenberg.

THE PALM OIL FRONTIER

 

WALKING THE FOREST WITH THE MARIND PEOPLE

1 June 2020

A podcast on plants, ontology, and capitalism in West Papua, produced by the Australian National University's The Familiar Strange. With Alexander d'Aiola.

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NATURE IN CULTURE

MULTI-SENSORY MAPPING WITH THE MARIND PEOPLE 

20 May 2020

A podcast on Indigenous cartography in West Papua for the Re(e)mergence of Nature in Culture Podcast Series, hosted by the Sydney Environment Institute. With Christine Winter.

This podcast was reviewed by Christine Winter, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Sydney Environment Institute and Convenor of The Re-(E)mergence of Nature in Culture Multimedia Series. Read Christine's reflection and check out her interview with morethanhumanworlds.com.

HOW COVID-19 MAKES US USE OUR BODIES DIFFERENTLY

11 May 2020

An essay on techniques of the body in COVID-19, published by the Australian National University's anthropology blog, The Familiar Strange.

TALES OF LOVE AND LOSS IN OCEANIA

25 April 2020

An interview with Kate Ryans on sago-human relations in West Papua, published in The Guardian

CULTURE, FOOD, AND ENVIRONMENT

19 March 2020

A podcast on the interconnections between processed food, hunger, and Indigenous sovereignty in West Papua, hosted by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. With Natali Pearson.

AGRIBUSINESS, ANTHROPOLOGY, ACTIVISM

19 March 2020

A podcast on conducting anthropological research in West Papua, transitioning from activist to academic, and the palm oil industry's impact on the Marind communities of West Papua, Indonesia, hosted by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. With Natali Pearson.

ANTHROPOLOGY AND ACTIVISM

20 January 2020

A podcast on anthropology and activism with Anthropod, the podcast of the Society for Cultural Anthropology that explores conceptual, methodological, and pedagogical issues across the discipline, while striving to make anthropology more widely accessible to all publics. With Cory-Alice André-Johnson and Bianca C. Williams.

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A WORLD OF ASHES

9 January 2020

An opinion piece on living with ashes in the aftermath of forest fires in Australia, published by the Sydney Environment Institute.

ANSA INTERVIEW

January 2020

An interview on applied anthropology and the climate crisis published by the newsletter of the Australian Network of Student Anthropologists, Australia's largest anthropological student association.

FOOD, HUNGER, AND CULTURE

December 2019

A short essay on the relationship between food, hunger and culture in West Papua's plantation nexus, published in the University of Sydney's biannual SOPHI Magazine.

SOPHIE CHAO AWARDED AUSTRALIAN ANTHROPOLOGICAL SOCIETY PHD THESIS PRIZE 2019

12 December 2019

Dr. Chao was awarded the 2019 Australian Anthropological Society (AAS) PhD Thesis Prize for her dissertation, "In the Shadow of the Palms: Plant-Human Relations Among Marind-Anim, West Papua".

IN WEST PAPUA, OIL PALM EXPANSION UNDERMINES THE RELATIONS OF INDIGENOUS MARIND TO FOREST PLANTS AND ANIMALS

16 October 2019

An article on the morethanhuman impacts of deforestation and oil palm expansion in Merauke published in The Conversation, a not-for-profit media outlet that publishes news stories written by academics and researchers.

INSIGHTS ON WEST PAPUA

28 November 2019

A podcast hosted by the Australian National University's Pacific Institute, bringing together voices and scholarships to support and highlight the ongoing debates and struggles of West Papua. With Sophie Chao, Miranda Forsyth, Veronika Koman, Jacob Rumbiak, Reverend James Bhagwan, Hipolitus Y.R Wangge, and Chris Ballard.

WEST PAPUAN FOREST PEOPLES' SURVIVAL

9 December 2019

An interview about Indigenous foodways and agribusiness expansion in West Papua on The Daily at Sydney-based community radio channel 2SER (107.3 FM).

HUNGER AND CULTURE  IN WEST PAPUA

31 October 2019

An article on Indigenous experiences of food insecurity in West Papua, published by Inside Indonesia, a quarterly magazine on the people, culture, and politics of Indonesia.

BBC WORLD NEWSDAY PROGRAMME

30 August 2019

A guest interview on anti-racism protests in West Papua on BBC World's live Newsday Programme.

RITUALS GONE ROGUE IN WEST PAPUA

26 August 2019

Video recording of a guest seminar on ritual success and failure in West Papua, co-hosted by the University of Sydney's Sydney Southeast Asia Centre and Department of Indonesian Studies.

CULTIVATING CONSENT

26 August 2019

An article on free, prior, and informed consent in the West Papuan oil palm sector, published in New Mandala, a news outlet hosted by the Australian National University and providing scholarly analysis and perspectives on Southeast Asia.

RACE, RIGHTS, AND RESISTANCE

4 September 2019

An op-ed on the anti-racism protests in West Papua, published in Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT World), the national public broadcaster for Turkey.

CAN THERE BE JUSTICE HERE?

18 August 2019

Video recording of a presentation on social and environmental justice in the West Papuan oil palm sector, hosted by Sydney Environment Institute's Multispecies Justice FutureFix project.

 

BIOCAPITALISM AND AGRIBUSINESS IN RURAL INDONESIA

August 2019

A research feature published in the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre's 2018 - 2019 Yearbook.

ENGAGED ANTHROPOLOGY

8 August 2019

A blog on oil palm, human rights, and sustainability in West Papua, a project funded and published by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. 

HUNGER IN THE RUBBLE OF THE FOREST

(游荡在印尼马老奇森林废墟里的饥饿感)

9 August 2019

An article on Indigenous phenomenologies of hunger, published in Others (他者), a special section on Indigenous cultures in the Chinese-language online magazine The Paper (澎湃).

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FIVE MINUTES WITH DR. SOPHIE CHAO

5 August 2019

An interview for Sydney University's Staff News newsletter on anthropology, activism, and interdisciplinarity.

PALM OIL AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

11 July 2019

An interview with Talking Indonesia, a platform for analysis, research, and commentary on contemporary Indonesia among academics, students, and the general public. With Jemma Purdey.

1 of 10 most popular Talking Indonesia podcasts in 2019.

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BIODIVERSITY AND EXTINCTION – CAN WE ACHIEVE JUSTICE FOR ALL?

19 June 2019

A talk on biodiversity, conservation, and agribusiness in West Papua with Sydney Ideas, the University of Sydney's premier public lecture series.

HOW LAND GRABBERS WEAPONIZE INDIGENOUS RITUAL AGAINST PAPUANS: AN INTERVIEW WITH ANTHROPOLOGIST SOPHIE CHAO

28 March 2019

A full-length interview with international environmental news platform Mongabay and environmental NGO The Gecko Project on contemporary land grabs and Indigenous experiences of monocrop oil palm developments in West Papua.

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SEI NEWS: Q+A WITH POSTDOC RESEARCH ASSOCIATE SOPHIE CHAO

11 April 2019

Q&A with the Sydney Environment Institute, one of the University of Sydney's MultiDisciplinary Initiatives.

VICE-CHANCELLOR'S COMMENDATION FOR SOPHIE CHAO

15 February 2019

Sophie Chao receives a Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for her doctoral thesis titled, “In Shadow of the Palms: Plant-Human Relations among Marind-Anim, West Papua.”

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MALAYSIA: THE MURUT STRUGGLE AGAINST PALM OIL, FOR LAND AND LIFE

12 December 2016

An investigative research-based article on oil palm and land grabbing in Malaysia, published in The Ecologist.

LOCAL COMMUNITIES KEY TO SAVING FORESTS

7 April 2014

An article on deforestation and Indigenous peoples' rights, published in The Jakarta Post, Indonesia's top English-language daily newspaper.

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LES PEUPLES DES FORÊTS RÉCLAMENT LEURS DROITS

22 March 2014

An interview on forest peoples' land rights with francophone news outlet La Voix de l’Amérique (Voice of America).

FOREST PEOPLES' LANDMARK APPEAL TO CURB DEFORESTATION

21 March 2014

An article on deforestation and Indigenous peoples' rights, published in the United Nations University news and analysis outlet, Our World 2.0.

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SECURING HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGH PRIVATE SECTOR STANDARDS? A COMPARATIVE REVIEW

8 February 2013

An article on human rights in corporate sector standards, published in Our World 2.0.

BALI DECLARATION CALLS FOR PALM OIL JUSTICE

9 March 2012

An article on the Bali Declaration on Human Rights and Agribusiness, published in Our World 2.0.

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SEEING THE PEOPLE FOR THE TREES

8 June 2012

An article on forest peoples and the right to land, published in Our World 2.0.

1.3 BILLION PEOPLE DEPEND ON FORESTS TO SURVIVE

26 May 2012

An interview on Indigenous peoples rights and deforestation with New Scientist, a weekly, English-language magazine that covers all aspects of science and technology.

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HAR INVESTERT MILLIARDER I OMSTRIDT SELSKAP

3 April 2012

An interview on Indigenous peoples rights and agribusiness expansion by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation.

STUDYING ANTHROPOLOGY AT OXFORD

12 July 2010

A two-part podcast on studying anthropology at the University of Oxford, hosted by the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology. With Jennie Rothera, Darryl Stellmach, Santhy Balachandran, and Mette Berg.

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