Announcements, publications, new and old work

Two article publications this year; I'm working on a couple of books (sometimes suspended in liquid gold):

Lye Tuck Po. 2016. Signaling presence: How Batek and Penan hunter-gatherers in Malaysia mark the landscape. In Marking the land: Hunter-gatherer creation of meaning in their environment. W. Lovis and R. Whallon, eds. Pp. 231–260. Oxford: Routledge.

Endicott, Kirk, Lye Tuck-Po, Fatanah Zahari, and Alice Rudge. 2016. Batek playing Batek for tourists at Peninsular Malaysia's national park. Hunter Gatherer Research 2(1):95–118.

Both take a slightly different tack on the ethnography. The marking paper puts Batek and Penan together for the first time in a full-length article (more Batek than Penan, I admit, since I know them so much better), with a sideways look at Jahai. A little experimental.

The tourism article is an unprecedented, 40-year, three-scholarly-generations look at how Batek deal with tourism. Kirk drafted the original manuscript, I added and edited here and there, Nurul made her MA thesis research available, and Alice gave the latest updates. It was a long journey from draft to print (a story so long we'd rather forget it); we're delighted it's out!

Of course, both articles can be further edited and expanded in different directions! Tracks, tracking, how landscapes reveal themselves, or are known--endlessly fascinating to me, even when I consciously take detours (e.g. looking at tourism and cultural resilience).

And while I'm on the subject of publications, here's a shout out for the new journal Hunter Gatherer Research too: it's published by Liverpool University Press on behalf of the newly-founded (since 2014) International Society for Hunter Gatherer Research, of which I'm the president! We're a cool group. If you like hunter-gatherers, or you're interested in our research, you should join us! Membership gets you the journal, attendance at CHAGS [more on this in another blog, another day] and bragging rights. If you just want to keep in touch, subscribe to the newsletter -- details on the society home page.

Elsewhere, I've been working up lecture notes (to our annual summer school in Southeast Asian Studies, which this year took us to Berlin for the first time) on "other ways of remembering." We're working on an edited interdisciplinary, comparative volume on the topic of memory and heritage in Southeast Asia, which will draw in contributions from current and past lecturers, representing at least three or four countries. My contribution will throw in work from Cambodia and East and West Malaysia, but essentially looks at the "interactions" between body and environment, memory and the politics of marginalisation. I've given drafts as seminars in Zurich and Cologne (actually the paper is currently in its 6th incarnation); now I've just got to knuckle down and write the damned paper!

But, there's an upcoming conference where I plan to speak on wildlife management (in the context of democratisation), and a few weeks back I joined a workshop on sustainability and religions. Laying down new tracks, I guess, while circling back to some never-fading interests. After all, the environment is worse than ever, and I'm not sure there are any genuinely new paradigms out there to help us think about solutions.