Aref Abu-Rabia is Chair of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies and teaches anthropology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel. He is author of four books, including The Negev Bedouin and Livestock Rearing: Social, Economic and Political Aspects (Berg 1994), and A Bedouin Century: Education and Development Among the Negev Tribes in the Twentieth Century (Berghahn 2002). He has published numerous scholarly articles across a range of subjects, including traditional medicine, ethno-botany, family customs, holy saints, education, violence, and abuse of children in the Middle East.
Elizabeth Colson is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley. She is author of The Makah (Manchester 1953), Three Pomo Women (California 1966), Marriage and the Family among the Plateau Tonga (Manchester 1958) Social Organization of the Gwembe Tonga (Manchester 1962), Social Consequences of Resettlement (Manchester 1973), Tradition and Contract (Aldine 1975), and most recently, Tonga Religious Life in the 20th Century (Bookworld Publishers 2006). She continues to do fieldwork among the Tonga of Zambia.
Richard Fardon is Professor and Head of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS, University of London, where he teaches anthropological theory and the ethnography of West Africa. His most recent book, Lela in Bali: History Through Ceremony in Cameroon (Berghahn 2006), traces 200 years of change in a 'national' event across precolonial, colonial and postcolonial regimes. Other authored books include Mary Douglas: an Intellectual Biography (Routledge 1999) and a long-term project comparing the masquerades of the Nigerian Middle Belt, Fusions: Masquerades and Thought-Style East of the NigerBenue (London, Saffron 2007). His edited books include From Prague Poet to Oxford Anthropologist: Franz Baermann Steiner Celebrated (with J. Alder and C. Tully, Munich 2003), African Broadcast Cultures: Radio in Transition (with Graham Furness, Praeger 2000), and Modernity on a Shoestring: Dimensions of Globalization, Consumption and Development in Africa and Beyond (Leiden 1999). He was editor of Africa until 2007.