Recent Events, News and New Resources
14th May 2020, News Item/Resource - Fight for freedom: new research to map violence in the forgotten conflict in West Papua
In a new article for The Conversation, Camellia Webb-Gannon, Jaime Swift, Michael Westaway and Nathan Wright have published new research into violence in West Papua. The project aims to bring renewed attention to the crisis in West Papua by highlighting the extent of state-sanctioned violence. It hopes to encourage the kind of international scrutiny that eventually led to intervention in East Timor. The new project maps historic violence in West Papua and has shown that the majority of massacres have taken place in the highlands, many killings were committed while Papuans were peacefully protesting for independence, the government should have had full knowledge of the extent of devastation caused by attacks by security forces and militia groups and the majority of perpetrators have never been held to account by the government. An interactive version of the map can be found here.
18th May 2020, Online Book Launch/Discussion - John Martinkus in conversation with Mark Davis
Over 100 people joined the zoom discussion where Mark Davis questioned John Martinkus on his new book, The Road: Uprising in West Papua. The book focuses on what has changed in Papua in recent years contributing to the uprising - "the Road"). Martinkus argues that the road enables Indonesia to access previously inaccessible areas in Papua which has caused further conflict. A recording of the whole conversation is available here - the password to access it is: 4H*40!?^
19th May 2020, Online Seminar - Settler colonialism in West Papua: The logic of Indonesia's transmigration program
In this zoom seminar Lachlan McNamee discussed his work on transmigration and settler colonialism in West Papua. The talk was based on a chapter in his forthcoming book Unsettled Frontiers: The Rise and Fall of Settler Colonialism and made use of original transmigration documents sourced from libraries all over the world to demonstrate that transmigration into Papua was intentionally targeted along the border with PNG for territorial consolidation and around the Grasberg Mine to support resource extraction. The event concluded with a stimulating discussion and Q&A session but was unfortunately not recorded. A draft copy of Lachlan's chapter is available here.
20th May 2020, News Interview - Raki Ap speaking on The Pan African Daily TV show with Enie Tatah
Raki Ap joined news host Enie Tatah to discuss the history of Papua and the effects of colonialism in the region. The full interview can be found here with Raki speaking from roughly 18 minutes in.
27th May 2020, Online Discussion - A conversation with Dr Belinda Lopez (UTS) and Associate Professor Anna Clark (UTS) about contested national histories and history wars in Australia and Indonesia/West Papua
In this discussion Dr Belinda Lopez and Professor Anna Clark speak with Joel Barnes about national histories and history wars in Australia, Indonesia and West Papua. Dr Lopez discusses this in relation to her ethnographic work with Papuan activists and Professor Clark analyses this in comparison to Australian history and addresses the purpose of history as an idea. A recording of the discussion can be found here.
28th May 2020, Online Discussion - Why Special Autonomy Has Failed in West Papua
In this online discussion hosted by UNSW's Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) Veronica Koman, Ronny Kareni and Melissa Crouch discussed issues surrounding special autonomy and how it has failed. They also looked at why this matters for Australia and Indonesia. A recording of the discussion can be accessed here.
31st May 2020, Online Discussion - DISKUSI: #BLACKLIVESMATTER DAN PAPUA (Discussion: #BlackLivesMatter and Papua)
In this online discussion, Veronica Koman was joined by Cisco and Mikael Kudiai to discuss Black Lives Matter and the relationship this has to Papua. The discussion can be found here (Indonesian language).
3rd June 2020, New Resource - We Need to Talk About Papua
Kudeta magazine has created a resource called "We Need to Talk About Papua". In a simple format a number of key resources, texts, websites (and much more) have been collated together in one easy to use format. It is likely to be useful for any academic looking to use a number of varied resources. It can be accessed here.