Sorcery and the changing dynamics of conflict and peace-building: Bougainville 1988-2013


In this talk, Anthony Regan and James Tanis present a case study of the changing role of sorcery in Bougainville during both the Bougainville conflict (1988-97) and the period since the peace process began (mid-1997 to 2013).

ANU scholar Anthony Regan researchers the law and politics of constitutions, and the design of the state as part of post-conflict political settlements and peacebuilding efforts. Since 1981, he has lived in PNG for various periods totalling 18 years, including over two years in Bougainville.

James Tanis served as Vice President of Bougainville People’s Congress, Minister for Peace and Reconciliation in the Bougainville Interim Government and finally as the President of Bougainville Autonomous Region.

This podcast is from the landmark Sorcery and witchcraft-related killings conference hosted by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific’s State, Society and Governance and Melanesia program and Regulatory Institutions Network on 5-7 June 2013.  

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