Calm Waters

talks & events

Below are selected recent talks I've delivered and events I've organized at academic and non-academic institutions. If you would like further information on any of these talks, please get in touch.

2022

coming up

  • 10 Dec.“The Government of Beans: 4S Carson Prize Panel with Kregg Heatherington.” Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) and Asociación Latinoamericana de Estudios Sociales (ESOCITE) Conference. Cholula. Discussant.

  • 5 Dec. “Time has Come to a Stop: Temporalities of Loss and Resistance on the West Papuan Plantation Frontier.” Department of Anthropology. University of Pennsylvania. 

  • 1 Dec. "Decolonial Research in More-Than-Human Worlds." More-Than-Human Seminar Series. School of Geography and the Environment. University of Oxford. 

  • 29 Nov. "Human-Vegetal Childhoods: Insights from a Papuan Plantationocene.” Department of Anthropology. Université Libre de Bruxelles.

  • 25 Nov. “Violence, Care, and Violent Care: Insights from the West Papuan Plantation Frontier.” The SEATIMES Project. University of Bergen.

  • 21 Nov. “The End of Time: Loss and Resistance on the Papuan Plantation Frontier.” Department of Anthropology. University of California Santa Cruz

  • 18 Nov. “Since Oil Palm Arrived, Time has Come to a Stop: Indigenous Temporalities in the West Papuan Agribusiness Nexus.” Department of Anthropology. Purdue University

  • 15 Nov. “In the Shadow of the Palms: More-Than-Human Becomings in West Papua.” Southeast Asia Center, Comparative History of Ideas Department, and Department of Anthropology. University of Washington

  • 2 Nov. “In the Shadow of the Palms: More-Than-Human Becomings in West Papua.” Unsettling Political Ecologies Occasional Seminar Series. Center for Political Theory. Cardiff University.

  • 28 Oct.“Indigenous Standpoints and Beyond-Human Imaginaries: Insights from the Pacific in an Age of Ecological Unravelling.” Cambridge University Social Anthropology Society. Cambridge University.

  • 27 Oct. “From Plantation Logic to Beyond-Human Imaginaries: Insights from the West Papuan Oil Palm Frontier.” Joel Kahn Anthropology Lecture. La Trobe University. 

  • 25 Oct.“Crafting Humanimal Histories: Anticipatory Reflections on Some Methodological, Conceptual, and Ethical Stakes.” Deep Conversations. Centre for Environmental History.  The Australian National University. 

  • 19 Oct. “Eating and Being Eaten: Indigenous Philosophies of Hunger and Nourishment on the Papuan Resource Frontier.” Metabolic Matterings Workshop. Deakin University. Keynote.

  • 28 Sep. “Discourses of Development.” Luce Southeast Asia in Transition Webinar Series. Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

  • 28 Sep. “In the Shadow of the Palms – Sophie Chao in Conversation with Giovanni Aloi.” Botanical Speculations. 

  • 26 Sep. “In the Shadow of the Palms: More-Than-Human Becomings in West Papua.” Greenhouse Environmental Humanities Book Talks. The University of Stavanger. 

  • 13 Sep. Thinkfeeling our Way through the Climate Crisis: A Reflection on Coalitional Strategies in an Age of Planetary Unmaking.” Climate Distress Dialogue. Headspace Camperdown. University of Sydney.

  • 11 Sep. “Book Talk: In the Shadow of the Palms: More-Than-Human Becomings in West Papua.” Federal Republic of West Papua Department of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade (DFAIT). 

  • 2 Sep. “In the Shadow of the Palms: More-Than-Human Becomings on the West Papuan Plantation Frontier.” Southeast Asian Studies Cluster. School of Humanities. Nanyang Technological University

  • 18 Aug. “Nourishing Labor: Dietary Practices during Pregnancy among the Marind-Anim of Indonesian New Guinea.” Diets in Pregnancy of First Nation Peoples: What can we Learn? Charles Perkins Centre.

  • 5 Aug. “Book Launch: In the Shadow of the Palms: More-Than-Human Becomings in West Papua.” Gleebooks, Sydney.

  • 28 Jul. “In the Shadow of the Palms: More-Than-Human Becomings in West Papua.” Department of Anthropology. University of Queensland

  • 21 Jul. “Practices of Care in the Contemporary World.” From Theory to Practice: Leveraging Feminist Approaches to Care at a Time of Crisis. The Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender, University of Adelaide. Panelist.

  • 6 Jun. “Plants as Persons, Forests as Kin: Indigenous Philosophies of Vegetal Coexistence.” Prada Frames. Milan. 

  • 13 May. “Blackness, Indigeneity, Ecology: Perspectives from the West Papuan Plantation Frontier.” The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH). University of Oxford. 

  • 13 May. “In the Shadow of the Palms: More-Than-Human Becomings in West Papua.” School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography. University of Oxford. 

  • 11 May. “In the Shadow of the Palms: More-Than-Human Becomings in West Papua.” The Global Lives of the Orangutan (Department of Social Anthropology), the Tunku/Malay World Studies research community (St Catharine’s College) and Centre for South Asian Studies. University of Cambridge. 

  • 10 May. “In the Shadow of the Palms: More-Than-Human Becomings in West Papua.” Forum for Asian Studies and Department of Anthropology. Stockholm University. 

  • 5 – 6 May. Eco-graphy – Exploring Relational Methods. Stockholm University. Workshop participant.

  • 29 Apr.  “Extraction, Extinction, Emergence: Insights from the West Papuan Oil Palm Frontier.” Plantation After/Lives: The Roots, Routes, and Relations of Plantation Ecologies. The University of Texas at Austin

  • 28 Apr. “The Promise of Multispecies Justice.” Animal Studies Working Group. Stanford University

  • 5 Apr. “Decolonizing the Field(s): Insights from the Pacific in an Age of Planetary Unraveling.” Building Bridges: An Interdisciplinary Conference. Postcolonial Studies Centre. Nottingham Trent University. Keynote.

  • 31 Mar. “Eating and Being Eaten: Ecologies of Hunger and the Non-Innocence of Writing Violence.” Sydney Environment Institute.

  • 17 Mar. “In the Shadow of the Palms.” School of People, Environment, and Planning. Massey University. 

  • 11 Mar. “We are (Not) Monkeys: A Conversation on Race, Ecology, and Cosmopolitics in West Papua.” Indian Animal Studies Collective.

  • 10 Mar. “Between Parasitism and Mutuality: Multispecies Ethnography in Plantation Ecologies.” Ethnography Lab. University of Toronto. 

  • 9 Mar. “Multispecies Studies: A Conversation on Methods.” School of Social and Cultural Studies . Victoria University of Wellington.

  • 8 Mar. “The Promise of Multispecies Justice.” The Anthropocene and More-Than-Human World Seminar Series. Nottingham University

  • 24 Feb. “Ethnographic Fieldwork – Participant Observation.” Methods Lab. Sydney Environment Institute.

  • 23 Feb. “In the Shadow of the Palms.” AMOR MUNDI Multispecies Ecological Worldmaking Lab. Chiang Mai University. 

  • 11 Feb. “The Promise of Multispecies Justice.” 8th Frontiers in Environmental Law Colloquium. 

  • 27 Jan. "Book Talk: In the Shadow of the Palms: More-Than-Human Becomings in West Papua."Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania.

2021

  • 7 Dec. “Book Launch: Subjects of Intergenerational Justice – Philosophy, the Environment and Relationships.” Sydney Environment Institute. 

  • 24 Nov. “The Promise of Multispecies Justice.” Care, Sacrifice, and Justice in Multispecies Worlds: Rethinking Connections in a Time of Crises. Environmental Humanities Research Stream and Shadow Places Network. 

  • 19 Nov. “(Un)Worlding the Plantationocene: Insights from the West Papuan Oil Palm Frontier.” 52nd Annual Academy Symposium: Culture, Nature, Climate: Humanities & the Environmental Crisis. Australian Academy of the Humanities. 

  • 12 Nov. “Multispecies Mourning: Grieving as Resistance on the Papuan Oil Palm Frontier.” Department of Anthropology. New York University.

  • 26 Oct. “Can There be Justice Here? Indigenous Perspectives from the West Papuan Oil Palm Frontier.” Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change: Issues, Challenges, and Coping Mechanisms. Central University of Karnataka. Keynote.

  • 24 Sep. “Food, Work, and Radical Care.” Hi’ilei Julia Kawehipuaakahaopulani Hobart. Food Matters and Materialities. Carleton University. Keynote discussant.

  • 16 Sep. “Culture, Environment, Diet: Indigenous Food-Based Identities, Ecologies, and Socialities in West Papua.” Sydney Health Ethics.

  • 1 Jun. “Multispecies Studies: An Introduction.” Skepseis Distinguished Lecture Series. Royal Thimphu College. Royal University of Bhutan. 

  • 25 May. “Palm Oil Nightmares, Empathy Dreaming.” Reworlding: Assembling (Fragments of) a Politics of Wholeness. HeartPolitics.

  • 16 Apr. “Growing Plants and People in a Papuan Plantationocene.” A Conversation on the Plantationocene. Cornell University. 

  • 9 Apr. “Sago: A Storied Species of West Papua.” The Mind of Plants Symposium.

  • 31 Mar. “Mapping Plantation Soundscapes: Insights from the West Papuan Oil Palm Nexus.” Listening to the Anthropocene through the Sounds of Plantations. Acts of Listening Lab. Concordia University. 

  • 31 Mar. “Flora, Fauna, and Fieldwork: Insights from the West Papuan Oil Palm Frontier.” Guest speaker. Forest Peoples Programme.

  • 20 Mar. “‘Patchy Places’ and Ecologies of Capitalism.” Placing: New Engagements with the ‘Environment’. University of Pennsylvania. 

  • 13 Mar. “Environmental Justice and Sustainability in West Papua.” Student Environmental Resource Center. University of California Berkeley.

  • 5 Mar. “The Meaning of Hunger among Marind, West Papua.” Center for Southeast Asian Studies. University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

  • 24 Jan. “Entanglements.” Requiem: Sydney Festival. Sydney. Panelist.

  • 22 Jan. “An Endangered Menagerie.” Requiem: Sydney Festival. Sydney. Panelist.

2020

  • 24 Nov. “From PhD to Book. Recent Experiences in the Publishing Industry.” Asian Studies Association of Australia.

  • 10 Nov. “Taking Plants and People Seriously: Multispecies Entanglements in the West Papuan Oil Palm Nexus.” 4A_Lab: Art Histories, Archaeologies, Anthropologies, Aesthetics. Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut. 

  • 2 Oct. “Beetle or Bug? Multispecies Politics in the Papuan Oil Palm Nexus.” Department of Anthropology. London School of Economics. 

  • 25 Sep. “Land Use Change and Impacts on Health and Livelihoods: Experiences from West Papua.” Universitas Udayana, Bali. 

  • 21 Sep. “West Papua – Depths of Loss and Heights of Resistance.” Global Forest Coalition. 

  • 16 Sep. “Vegetal Ontologies in the West Papuan Oil Palm Nexus.” Department of Anthropology. University of Melbourne. 

  • 24 Aug. “Multispecies Resistance and Collaboration in the West Papuan Oil Palm Nexus.” Department of History and Philosophy of Science . University of Sydney.

  • 30 Jul. “The Beetle or the Bug? Multispecies Resistance and Collaboration in the West Papuan Oil Palm Nexus.” Department of Anthropology Seminar Series. University of Waikato. 

  • 14 Jul. “The Promise of Multispecies Justice: Thinking across Sites, Scales, and Species.” Environmental Justice, Climate Justice, Multispecies Justice: Virtual Symposium. Sydney Environment Institute. 

  • 6 Jul. “Getting Sh*t Done – With Sophie Chao.” PhD and Higher Degree Research Seminar. Macquarie University. 

  • 25 Jun. “There are no Straight Lines in Nature: Mapping Multispecies Worlds in West Papua.” Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformation. 

  • 18 Feb. “Invasives or Allies? The Multispecies Biopolitics of Oil Palm Ecologies in West Papua, Indonesia.” When Species Travel: On the Rise and Consequence of Invasive Ecologies in Asia and the West Pacific. Asia Research Institute and Yale–NUS College. 

  • 28 Jan. “Plants as Kin, Plants as Foe: Sago and Oil Palm Ontologies in Indonesian West Papua.” Oriental Society of Australia.

2019

  • 28 Nov. “Development, Deforestation, Dispossession – Experiences in Merauke, West Papua.” Pacific Institute, Australian National University. 

  • 19 Sep. “More-Than-Human Environmental Subjects in the West Papuan Oil Palm Nexus.” Tomorrow’s Country: Environmentality after “Recognition.” Alfred Deakin Institute.

  • 13 Sep. “The Plastic Cassowary: Problematic Pets in West Papua.” Gender and Cultural Studies Seminar Series. University of Sydney.

  • 26 Aug. “Wrathful Ancestors, Corporate Sorcerers: Rituals Gone Rogue in Merauke, West Papua.” School of Languages and Cultures and Sydney Southeast Asia Centre Seminar. University of Sydney. 

  • 22 Aug. “Maps That Won’t Sit Still: Cartographic Conundrums in a West Papuan Village.” Department of Anthropology. University of Sydney. 

  • 7 Aug. “Pressure Points: Topographies of Violence in West Papua.” School of Geosciences. University of Sydney. 

  • 6 Aug. “Children of the Palms: Growing Plants and Growing People in Merauke, West Papua.” Sydney Pacific Studies Network. 

  • 12 Jul. “Mapping More-Than-Human Worlds in an Age of Extinction.” The (Re)Emergence of Nature in Culture II. Sydney Environment Institute. 

  • 8 Jul. “Culture in Conversation: Creating Inclusive Food Communities.” Sydney Environment Institute, FoodLab Sydney, YARN Australia, and University of Sydney Union. 

  • 19 Jun. “Biodiversity and Extinction: Indigenous Perspectives on Multispecies Justice in West Papua.” Sydney Ideas: Biodiversity and Extinction – Can we Achieve Justice for All? University of Sydney. 

  • 13 Jun. “Economies After Plantationocene Capitalism: Lessons Towards Multispecies Justice from the West Papuan Oil Palm Sector” Economies after Anthropocene Roundtable. Sydney Environment Institute.

  • 4 Jun. “Food, Culture, Hunger: Towards a Field in Ethnonutrition?” Charles Perkins Centre Seminar Series. University of Sydney. 

  • 31 May. “Strange Flesh, Strange Fluids: Transforming Bodies and Selves in a West Papuan Agro-Industrial Zone.” Meeting the Human Halfway. Biopolitics of Science Research Network. University of Sydney. 

  • 23 Apr. “Keamanan Pangan dan Budaya Sagu di Merauke, Papua: Penilaian Metodologi dan Teori Anthropologis.” Dialog Selasa Siang. Department of Indonesian Studies. University of Sydney. 

  • 17 Apr. “Eating and Being Eaten: Gastro-Politics in a West Papuan Village.” Department of History Seminar Series. University of Sydney. 

  • 13 Mar. “Human Rights in the Palm Oil Sector.” National Training Course: Non-Knowledge: Vectors of Inventiveness. Institut des Hautes Études pour la Science et la Technologie.

  • 12 Oct. “The Plastic Cassowary: Problematic Pets in West Papua.” Anthropology Colloquium. Macquarie University. 

EVENT ORGANIZATION

 

  • 4 Oct 2022. Decanonizing Conservation. Sydney Environment Institute. With Thom van Dooren and June Rubis.

  • 15 Sep 2022. Ultimate Peer Review: "Hunger - An Indigenous Theory from West Papua." With Craig Santos Perez. Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre.

  • 20 – 21 Jul 2022. From Theory to Practice: Leveraging Feminist Approaches to Care at a Time of Crisis. Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. With Megan Warin, Christine Beasley, and Prudence Black.

  • 15 Jul 2022. Nourishing Futures: Food, Health, and Diet in Times of Crisis. Australian Food, Society, and Culture Network Annual Symposium. Co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, Sydney Business School, and Charles Perkins Center. Co-organized with Teresa Davis.

  • 24 Nov – 1 Dec 2020. Visual Media Program. Australian Anthropological Society Annual Conference. With Ute Eickelkamp.

  • 6 – 7 Aug 2020. Interdisciplinarity in a More-Than-Human World. Sydney Environment Institute. 

  • 15 Nov 2019. Data, Diets, Digitalism: Emergent Food Research Methodologies. Annual Symposium of the Australian Food, Society, and Culture Network. Co-organized with Teresa Davis and John Coveney.

  • 12 Jun 2019. Public Speaking Workshop. Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. With Natali Pearson.

  • 3 – 7 Feb 2019. Field-Working, Field-Building Retreat for HDR Students. With Astrida Neimanis, Danielle Celermajer, and Christine Winter.

  • 26 – 27 Sep 2019. Real-World Impact: Identifying and Implementing Solutions. Charles Perkins EMCR Symposium. University of Sydney.

  • 29 Nov 2018. Trans-Papua: Across and Beyond West Papua’s Sociocultural Landscape. Macquarie University Art Gallery.

  • 12 – 13 Nov 2014. International Human Rights Instruments and Mechanisms: A Training for the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Indonesian Archipelago. Forest Peoples Programme and AMAN. Jakarta.

  • 4 – 6 Nov 2014. Human Rights and Agribusiness in Southeast Asia. Forest Peoples Programme and Centre for People and Forests. Yangon.

  • 22 – 26 Jul 2014. Multi-Stakeholder Consultation Towards Improving RSPO Guidance on Free, Prior and Informed Consent and Social Impact Assessments. Forest Peoples Programme and Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.

  • 9 – 14 Mar 2014. International Conference on Drivers of Deforestation and the Rights of Forest Peoples. Forest Peoples Programme. Palangkaraya.

  • 25 – 26 Jan 2014. Mécanismes Régionaux et Internationaux pour le Plaidoyer en Soutien des Droits de la Femme Autochtone en Afrique Centrale. Forest Peoples Programme and Centre d’Accompagnement des Autochtones Pygmées et Minoritaires Vulnérables. Bukavu.

  • 8 – 10 Nov 2013. Conflict or Consent? Lessons Learned, Challenges and Recommendations Towards Justice for Local Communities in the Palm Oil Sector. Forest Peoples Programme, Transformasi Untuk Keadilan INDONESIA, and Both ENDS. Medan.

  • 25 – 26 Sep 2013. Technical Drafting Workshop on High Conservation Values 5 and 6 Monitoring Protocol and Guidance for the ZSL HCV Monitoring Protocol for Oil Palm Landscapes. Forest Peoples Programme and Zoological Society of London. Bogor.

  • 7 – 9 Aug 2013. Bangkok Conference on Human Rights and Agribusiness. Forest Peoples Programme and National Human Rights Commission of Thailand. Bangkok.

  • 16 - 18 Oct 2012. Workshop to Review Commodity Roundtable Standards on Free, Prior and Informed Consent, Customary Land, Conflict Resolution and High Conservation Values. Forest Peoples Programme and Centre for People and Forests. Bangkok.

  • 9 – 11 Oct 2012. Making the Bali Declaration Effective: Phnom Penh Conference on Human Rights and Agribusiness. Indonesian National Human Rights Commission, Forest People Programme, SawitWatch, and Community Legal Education Centre. Phnom Penh.

  • 13 – 15 Mar 2012. Workshop on the Implementation Guide on Land Acquisition, Free, Prior and Informed Consent and Customary Land of Indigenous Peoples and Other Local Communities. Forest Peoples Programme, Centre for Environment and Development, and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Douala.

  • 28 – 30 Nov 2011. Human Rights and Business: Plural Legal Approaches to Conflict Resolution, Institutional Strengthening, and Legal Reform. Indonesian National Human Rights Commission, Forest Peoples Programme, and SawitWatch. Bali.