Mystery island

Five hundred years ago, the rock islands off Palau were thriving with human life. So why are they now abandoned? JENNIFER TANNER reports.
Dr Christian Reepmeyer. Photo by Stuart Hay.

Yak fest

What exactly is the G20 Summit, and why should we care about it?

Sorcery and witchcraft-related killings

This podcast series brings together presentations from the landmark conference 'Sorcery and witchcraft-related killings in Melanesia' conference, taking place at the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific from 5-7 June 2013.

Gender equality and ending violence against women – the Eastern Highlands experience

In this lecture, The Hon Julie Soso-Akele discusses the elimination of violence against women in the Eastern Highlands of Papaua New Guinea, one of her top priorites as Governor of the Eastern Highlands Province.

Chiefs without Nakamals

In this talk, Siobhan McDonell from ANU asks whether Vanuatu chiefs can be better supported to manage community tensions around nakaimas, the Kastom practice of sorcery.

Women’s human rights defenders and sorcery-related torture

In this talk human rights defender Lilly Be’Soer discusses the work of Voices for Change, a women’s human rights NGO she founded and which is campaigning to protect women from torture and abuse in the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea.

Witchcraft, matriliny and gender in the Milne Bay Province

In this talk, Salmah Eva-Lina Lawrence focuses on witchcraft/sorcery and gendered dimensions in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.

Why not? Church strategies for reducing witchcraft-related killings in Papua New Guinea

In this talk, Philip Gibbs outlines the Catholic Church in Simbu Province PNG strategy for changing ingrained attitudes and practices related to sorcery and witchcraft.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights statement on sorcery-related killings


In this talk Nancy Robinson, Regional Representative, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, gives a statement on the organisation’s stand against sorcery-related violence and killings.

Western legal responses to sorcery in colonial PNG

In this talk, Mel Keenan from Monash University examines the legal response made by Anglo-Administrators in colonial Papua New Guinea.

The Sorcery Act dilemma

In this talk, Nick Schwarz examines the strengths and weaknesses of the Sorcery Act and presents the most common questions and objections raised by Papua New Guineans.

The peril of a Christian sorcerer

In this talk, Richard Eves presents research by Johanna Whitely from the London School of Economics research on The Church of Melanesia and sorcery accusations in the Solomon Islands.

The courts, the churches, the witches and their killers

This talk, presented by Christine Stewart from ANU, examines the changing approaches of the PNG courts to witch-killing related instances throughout the country.

The changing nature of witch trials in Papua New Guinea

In this talk, Dr Nicole Haley from ANU discusses the changing nature of witch trials in Lake Kopiago, Papua New Guinea.

The belief in witches among Huli people in Papua New Guinea

In this talk John Himugu from the Institute of PNG Studies, outlines how deep rooted belief in witchcraft is in PNG and how tribal leaders solve witchcraft-related problems based on custom.

Sorcery, witchcraft and gender antagonism in Papua New Guinea

In this talk, Jack Urame from the Melanesian Institute, Goroka, Papua New Guinea, outlines the links between gender and beliefs in sorcery and witchcraft.

Gender equality and ending violence against women – the Eastern Highlands experience

In this lecture, The Hon Julie Soso-Akele discusses the elimination of violence against women in the Eastern Highlands of Papaua New Guinea, one of her top priorites as Governor of the Eastern Highlands Province.

Chiefs without Nakamals

In this talk, Siobhan McDonell from ANU asks whether Vanuatu chiefs can be better supported to manage community tensions around nakaimas, the Kastom practice of sorcery.

Women’s human rights defenders and sorcery-related torture

In this talk human rights defender Lilly Be’Soer discusses the work of Voices for Change, a women’s human rights NGO she founded and which is campaigning to protect women from torture and abuse in the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea.

Witchcraft, matriliny and gender in the Milne Bay Province

In this talk, Salmah Eva-Lina Lawrence focuses on witchcraft/sorcery and gendered dimensions in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.

Why not? Church strategies for reducing witchcraft-related killings in Papua New Guinea

In this talk, Philip Gibbs outlines the Catholic Church in Simbu Province PNG strategy for changing ingrained attitudes and practices related to sorcery and witchcraft.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights statement on sorcery-related killings


In this talk Nancy Robinson, Regional Representative, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, gives a statement on the organisation’s stand against sorcery-related violence and killings.

Western legal responses to sorcery in colonial PNG

In this talk, Mel Keenan from Monash University examines the legal response made by Anglo-Administrators in colonial Papua New Guinea.

The Sorcery Act dilemma

In this talk, Nick Schwarz examines the strengths and weaknesses of the Sorcery Act and presents the most common questions and objections raised by Papua New Guineans.

The peril of a Christian sorcerer

In this talk, Richard Eves presents research by Johanna Whitely from the London School of Economics research on The Church of Melanesia and sorcery accusations in the Solomon Islands.

The courts, the churches, the witches and their killers

This talk, presented by Christine Stewart from ANU, examines the changing approaches of the PNG courts to witch-killing related instances throughout the country.

The changing nature of witch trials in Papua New Guinea

In this talk, Dr Nicole Haley from ANU discusses the changing nature of witch trials in Lake Kopiago, Papua New Guinea.

The belief in witches among Huli people in Papua New Guinea

In this talk John Himugu from the Institute of PNG Studies, outlines how deep rooted belief in witchcraft is in PNG and how tribal leaders solve witchcraft-related problems based on custom.

Sorcery, witchcraft and gender antagonism in Papua New Guinea

In this talk, Jack Urame from the Melanesian Institute, Goroka, Papua New Guinea, outlines the links between gender and beliefs in sorcery and witchcraft.

Sex, lies and erotic desire

Bolder television content made at home has helped change the way Indians view sex and challenge traditional gender roles.

Q & Asia

The penultimate panel of Asia Pacific Week 2013, Q & Asia will see prominent Australian broadcaster Paul Barclay moderate a panel focusing on the region and featuring some of the University's top thinkers on Asia and the Pacific.
Unlimited slots left.

Can democracy work in the Asia Pacific?

This ‘Q and A’ session will explore democracy in the Asia Pacific region by tackling a multitude of thought-provoking questions head on. Should democracy be adopted by states in Asia? Can it work in this context? Does the potential exist for successful implementation? And finally, is there a better alternative?
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The great debate

One of the highlights of Asia Pacific Week, the Great Debate will be held in the informal and relaxed atmosphere of the ANU Bar, and will pit ANU academics against their alumni counterparts. This year’s topic will be 'Who are the change-makers in the Asia-Pacific region - academics or alumni?'.

498 slots left.

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