Call for Papers: CUHK Anthropology Postgraduate Forum

Deadline for the paper proposals in October 1.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
4th Annual Postgraduate Student Forum
Asian Anthropology: Materiality, Movement, and Change
9 – 10 December 2011

The Department of Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, invites graduate students in Asia and elsewhere to present their current research at the 4th Annual Postgraduate Student Forum. The theme for this year’s conference is, “Asian Anthropology: Materiality, Movement, and Change.”

Hong Kong is a global city, a major node for trade, investment, and the exchange of ideas. The Postgraduate Student Forum seeks to encourage communication among young anthropologists in and of the Asian region, to help improve their research and to make the excellent research being conducted in Asia better known internationally.

Full details here.

Wednesday Rojak #59

This week, we step into an ancient boat (at least, a reconstruction of one), mull over small brains and tools, and figure out a contested temple’s role in politics. This and more in today’s edition of rojak!
stone tool finds
photo credit: andy_carter

  • Anton Diaz takes us inside the Balangay boat, which is due to set sail this weekend in a historic journey to retrace the ancient maritime routes through the Philippines. (Read more about it tomorrow!)
  • Why should we be surprised that the small-brained hobbits used tools? Eric Drexler shows us examples of tool use in animals with much smaller brains in Homo floresiensis, Crows, and the Baldwin Effect
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  • Nina wanders her way into Angkor with some beautiful shots of Angkor Wat.
  • From, read about the new paper in Anthropological Science about homo floresiensis’ relation to homo erectus.
  • The Open Anthropology Cooperative is a new web resource for anyone with an interest in the subject – form groups, hold discussions and collaborate with friends. The last I checked, there wasn’t a Southeast Asian Anthropology yet.
  • This Bangkok Post editorial sheds some light on why the thorny Preah Vihear issue may be too important for Thai politics.

In this series of occasional rojaks (published on Wednesdays) I feature other sites in the blogosphere that are related to archaeology in Southeast Asia. Got a recommendation for the next Wednesday rojak? Email me!