Like people, orangutans are one of the few creatures on earth to include beings other than partners and children into their social circle. In this video ANU College of Asia and the Pacific Professor Robert Cribb discusses changing perceptions of orangutans over the last century, their social habits and intelligence.
Robert Cribb's research interests focus mainly on Indonesia, though he has some interest in other parts of Southeast Asia (especially Malaysia and Burma/Myanmar) and in Inner Asia. The themes of his research are: mass violence and crime; national identity; environmental politics; and historical geography. Current research projects include: the origins of massacre in Indonesia; historical atlas of Northeast Asia (with Li Narangoa); 'Wild Man from Borneo: a cultural history of the orangutan' (with Helen Gilbert and Helen Tiffin); and 'Puppet states revisited: Empire and Sovereign Subordination in Modern Asia' (with Li Narangoa).