at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

The Jungle Girl and the Wildman



The Jungle Girl and the Wildman: On the Trail of the Missing Link in Cambodia’s Northeast Hills

November 6 at 3:00 PM
Crawford Hall 115

In 2007, international news media reported that a “jungle girl” had been captured in the forests of Cambodia’s northeast highlands. She was found naked, unable to speak any known language. In the media-frenzy that followed, many wondered if there existed a previously undiscovered “relict hominid” in the remote hills. Stories like these help to locate places like Cambodia’s Ratanakiri Province within geographies that conflate the remote with the fantastic, and illustrate the ways through which processes of frontier expansion bring into existence new social identities, and new assemblages of “nature” and “culture”.

Speaker Bio

padweJonathan Padwe is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Hawaiˈi at Mānoa. His research looks at the production of ethnic landscapes in Cambodia’s northeast hills. His research has been published in Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Conservation Biology, Outre Mers, and Peninsule.

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