On the 25th and 26th of March, 2011, the Anthropology department at the University of Sydney hosted a symposium called 'Anthropology and the Ends of Worlds'. Presenters spoke about a range of topics related to perceptions of the world's condition and fa in a range of cultures around the world. Traditional cosmological concerns were joined by a range of contemporary issues including climate change, natural disasters, and political/economic instability. The refereed proceedings from the symposium are now available online.
In July-September this year I worked on a project about internal remittances in Haiti with Dr. Heather Horst and Dr. Espelencia Baptiste. Our report is now available on the IMTFI website. It provides a qualitative snapshot of Haitian monetary ecologies six months after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake on January 12, 2010.
Local Lives: Migration and the Politics of Place is now available for purchase. Published by Routledge and edited by Brigitte Bönisch-Brednich and Catherine Trundle (Victoria University), this volume contests dominant trends in migration theory.
Last June the Gates Foundation announced a $10 million investment in mobile banking in Haiti. They've clearly decided that they're onto a good thing, because they've just pledged $512 million to help the world's poorest people access financial services.