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. She addresses what witchcraft means to people from Milne Bay by considering: historical encounters between Papuan missionaries and sorcerers in the early 20th century; and present day experiences of a local government councillor, a pastor, and a community worker from the Bwanabwana and the Alotau areas, focusing on how they deal with claims of witchcraft and their success in addressing grievances.

Salmah Eva-Lina Lawrence is a PhD candidate at ANU. After a decade long career with a global business advisory firm for which she managed practices in London, New York and Sydney, she left to pursue other interests.

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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