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Perspectives on the Bird's Head of Irian, Jaya, Indonesia: Proceedings of the Conference, Leiden, 13-17 October 1997 (review)

Perspectives on the Bird's Head of Irian, Jaya, Indonesia: Proceedings of the Conference, Leiden,... book reviews Perspectives on the Bird's Head of Irian Jaya, Indonesia: Proceedings of the Conference, Leiden, 13­17 October 1997, edited by Jelle Miedema, Cecilia Odé, and Rien A C Dam. Amsterdam and Atlanta, ga: Rodopi, 1998. isbn 90-420-0644-7, xiii + 982 pages, maps, figures, tables, notes, references. $178.50. The isir project (Irian Jaya Studies, a program for Interdisciplinary Research) and its predecessor, the iris project, have provided a framework for joint Dutch-Indonesian research in Irian Jaya (West Papua) since 1990. This weighty volume of proceedings from an isir-sponsored conference at Leiden University provides a comprehensive overview of current Netherlands-based research on Indonesia's easternmost province. Together with the iris project's series of archival materials, this is the most substantial body of work published on Irian Jaya since the similarly region-focused German Mek Project of the 1970s. The prompt publication of some forty-two papers from the Leiden conference is commendable, and the volume is essential reading for anyone interested in the region. Perhaps inevitably, the quality of contributions is somewhat mixed, ranging from research proposals through preliminary field reports to polished concluding statements. A thousand pages later, it's also hard to avoid the conclusion that the isir project's interdisciplinary ambitions-- http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Perspectives on the Bird's Head of Irian, Jaya, Indonesia: Proceedings of the Conference, Leiden, 13-17 October 1997 (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 12 (2) – Jul 1, 2000

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book reviews Perspectives on the Bird's Head of Irian Jaya, Indonesia: Proceedings of the Conference, Leiden, 13­17 October 1997, edited by Jelle Miedema, Cecilia Odé, and Rien A C Dam. Amsterdam and Atlanta, ga: Rodopi, 1998. isbn 90-420-0644-7, xiii + 982 pages, maps, figures, tables, notes, references. $178.50. The isir project (Irian Jaya Studies, a program for Interdisciplinary Research) and its predecessor, the iris project, have provided a framework for joint Dutch-Indonesian research in Irian Jaya (West Papua) since 1990. This weighty volume of proceedings from an isir-sponsored conference at Leiden University provides a comprehensive overview of current Netherlands-based research on Indonesia's easternmost province. Together with the iris project's series of archival materials, this is the most substantial body of work published on Irian Jaya since the similarly region-focused German Mek Project of the 1970s. The prompt publication of some forty-two papers from the Leiden conference is commendable, and the volume is essential reading for anyone interested in the region. Perhaps inevitably, the quality of contributions is somewhat mixed, ranging from research proposals through preliminary field reports to polished concluding statements. A thousand pages later, it's also hard to avoid the conclusion that the isir project's interdisciplinary ambitions--

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