Accepted Paper:

New tools for new problems: some examples of how technologically facilitated collaborations between indigenous people and anthropologists can support indigenous claims to land and resources  


Jerome Lewis (University College London)

Paper short abstract:

Though many Pygmy hunter-gatherers in the Congo Basin are unable to read the numbers on banknotes or write their own names they have begun to use handheld computers and hacked smart phones with software that they have developed collaboratively with UCL staff and students. Now they can geo-tag key resources that they do not want to be damaged by industrialists, monitor logging activities that take place in their forest areas, and identify commercial poaching activities that damage wildlife and their ability to lead a secure hunter-gatherer life. By bringing together these different perspectives, exciting new technologies are emerging that give a voice to normally marginalised people so that they are able to regain stewardship from powerful outsiders over their traditional areas, and produce pioneering solutions to seemingly intractable modern problems.
Panel P12
Anthropologists and the struggle for land