New Guinea Communications


The aim is to provide a conduit for the publication of studies on the Island of New Guinea, with its two established political divisions, but will also include other associated patterns of islands.
It will enable contributions from new knowledge workers—with their dissertations—and from established scholars. As there are numerous scholars who would like better coverage of the areas in which they have explored—as a tribute to the people they have worked with—as well as local scholars who understand the importance of their unique areas. It is felt that the approaches being trialed in the visual anthropology part of the series as area studies will bring a wider attention to the remarkable nature of the island.
The first volumes will be on modes of communication: oral history and folklore, and the emergence of a local literature. While the representation of all disciplines is welcome, comparative and whole island studies would be of great interest as well. For this, collaborative works or edited volumes may be needed.
It will allow for academic publications of a more preliminary kind—rather than exhaustive monographs, which are becoming more and more impossible to produce.
Where is the knowledge we have lost?


John Evans – Series Developer while he originally trained as a chemist (PhD in X-Ray Crystallography) — lack of symmetry in manpower planning that time required a swop into the information field. (MSc in Information Studies). This meant work in public and academic libraries in UK and Northern Nigeria — mainly in science book acquisitions.
Papua New Guinea in 1985 was at the end of this random walk in science. There he has been involved in education for information at the Administrative College and then University of Papua New Guinea serving as the Adjunct Associate Professor in Knowledge Management from 2011 and later was General Manager at the University Press and Bookshop up to 2018.
There were good innovations and structures developed in the areas of endeavour. But entropy of course won out.
The photo shows the bookshop staff at the scene of the burnt out bookshop annex at UPNG. Ironically the invite was to rekindle not to burn up bookselling in UPNG but others did that.
He has retained interest in book development in the region and thus has been involved in the early development of this series—working from West Wales.


Lahui Ako served in the public service sector of Papua New Guinea since 1993. An author himself, he wrote and published the titles:

Upstream through endless sands of blessings (autobiography, 2005); A Logohu in China (Pictorial, 2007), and Nameless Warriors: The Ben Moide story (WW2 History, 2012).

For his contributions towards WW2 history in Papua New Guinea, he was bestowed an “Honorary membership” of the PIB, NGIB, PIR Association” (WW2 veterans’ Association) of Australia in August 2018.


Michael Crossley is an Emeritus Professor of Comparative and International Education, Senior Research Fellow, Founding Director of the Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education (CIRE) and Director of the Education in Small States Research Group (ESSRG) in the School of Education at the University of Bristol, UK.
He has carried out ethnographic fieldwork in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, and is a former Associate Dean at the University of Papua New Guinea, he is currently an Adjunct Professor at The University of the South Pacific and a Research Associate at The University of Hong Kong.
Professor Crossley is a former President of the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE), and a past Editor of the journal Comparative Education. He is the Founding Series Editor for the Bristol Studies in Comparative and International Education (Bristol University Press), is a member of the Editorial Boards for numerous leading international journals and is an elected Fellow (FAcSS) of the UK Academy for the Social Sciences. Major research interests relate to: theoretical and methodological scholarship on the future of comparative and international education; education policy transfer theory and practice; research capacity and international development co-operation; and education and development in small island developing states (SIDS).


Anton Ploeg PhD studied law in the Netherlands and social anthropology in Australia with a PhD scholarship of the Australian National University.
His PhD research took place in the highlands of West Papua. The resulting thesis Government in Wanggulam was published in 1969. Afterwards he did field work in several locations in Papua New Guinea.
From the time he took early retirement, in 1991, he has researched the extant ethnography of the highlands of West Papua. He is still engaged on that task.

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