Over the past twelve years, countless people in West Papua, Indonesia,
Europe, and the United States have enabled my research and writing. I owe
thanks to a few of these people in particular:
To my Papuan mentors—Benny Giay, Octovianus Mote, and John Rum-
biak—whose courage opened my eyes to new possibilities. To Maria Ves-
peri, a sage guide who had a hand in this project from start to finish. To my
intellectual elders—James Clifford, Anna Tsing, Donna Haraway, Donald
Brenneis, Mike O’Hanlon, and Peter Carey—who collectively gave me
healthy doses of both rigor and imagination. To Susan Leigh Star, Geoff
Bowker, Louise Lennihan, Jesse Prinz, and Joan Richardson for giving me
the time and space to work on West Papua when my day job was science
studies. To my writing buddies—Rebecca Schein, Scout Calvert, John Mar-
lovits, David Machledt, Astrid Schrader, Conal Guan- Yow Ho, Yen- ling Tsai,
Sloan Mahone, Joshua Bell, John Manton, Steinur Bell, Berna Zengin, and
Anita Chan—who taught me to think with care. To Benedict Anderson and
Terence Ranger, whose critical insights pushed me to explore new hori-
zons. To Claudia Vandermade, Will Kirksey, and Gina Clark, whose gen-
erous readings helped me imagine how my work might travel across disci-
plinary boundaries and beyond the ivory tower.
To fellow scholars, activists, and authors—Danilyn Rutherford, Brigham
Golden, Rupert Stasch, Carolyn Marr, Carmel Budiardjo, Paul Barber, Adrian
Arbib, George Monbiot, Nick Angelopoulos, Jay Griffiths, Kiki van Bilsen,
J. A. D. Roemajauw, Pieter Drooglever, Henkie Rumbewas, Sophie Richard-
son, Edmund McWilliams, Katherine Wilson, Lucia Withers, Signe Poul-
sen, John Saltford, Siegfried Zöllner, Susan Harding, Sarah Bracke, William
Girard, Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, Daniel Randongkir, Anis Rumere, Angela
Davis, Gopal Balakrishnan, Gordon Bishop, Mary Kaplan, Sarah Haughton,
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