In PNG and many countries around the world, sorcery and witchcraft are used as lenses to make sense of traumatic and difficult events in the world, particularly death and illness. When people believe in sorcery and witchcraft, it carries with it the assumption that others will practise and use its power to do harm. When death and misfortune arrives in communities, these assumptions are channelled through accusations, which are often followed through with gruesome results.
This in-conversation with Dr Miranda Forsyth explores the nature of sorcery accusation and related violence (SARV), exploring the scope of the violence, how the state and civil society are responding to it and what strategies could be used to effectively address the violence.
Dr Miranda Forsyth is an Associate Professor in the School of Regulation and Global Governance. Dr Forsyth is also an alumnus of the University having completed her PhD on ‘A Bird that Flies with Two Wings: The Kastom and State Justice Systems in Vanuatu.’
Dr Forsyth is currently the Director of the Centre for Restorative Justice.
Dr Forsyth is currently leading a project on state solutions to SARV within RegNet with funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, ‘Improving the impact of state and non-state interventions in overcoming sorcery accusation related violence in PNG.’
To learn more about this project and Dr Forsyth’s research on SARV, follow the below link