- Annual General Meeting of The Australian Association for the Advancement of Pacific Studies (AAAPS), 10 May 2013
- Dr. Hsiao-chun Hung returns to the Mariana Islands
- Vote buying prevalent in Indonesia and the Pacific
- The end of the Pacific? Sea-level change and Pacific Island livelihoods
- Politics, development and security in Oceania
- Kago, Kastom and Kalja: The Study of Indigenous Movements in Melanesia Today (Cahiers du Credo) (Volume 2)
- In conversation with Sir Mekere Morauta
- Engendering objects: Dynamics of Barkcloth and Gender among the Maisin of Papua New Guinea by
- Another Port Moresby community bulldozed
- Reflections on the PNG Budget Forum: Can devolved funding be effectively utilised
- European Investment Bank backs remote aviation investment in the South Pacific
- Lifting skills in the Pacific: using infrastructure procurement for skills transfer
- Fiji constitutional referendum? Unlikely
- CDI Policy Paper: Comparing Across Regions: Parties and Political Systems in Indonesia and the Pacific Islands
- SSGM’s ‘State of the Pacific’ Conference (25-26 June 2013)
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Asia Pacific Week 2013 will be the third conference of its kind hosted by The Australian National University and will explore the theme of ‘Pushing Boundaries’. The conference will bring together 100 student delegates from around the world to discuss the significant and controversial issues facing the Asia Pacific region in the 21st Century.
For more about Asia Pacific Week, visit the College of Asia and the Pacific website.
Graeme Smith follows up his earlier post to Interpreter (Are Chinese Soft Loans Always a Bad Thing?) with concern about a massive new loan reportedly under negotiation between China's Exim Bank and PNG's O'Neill government [read more].
"The past decade has seen rapid increases in urban dwellers across the Pacific. Recent analyses of this region-wide human movement by a World Bank panel showed that the absence of reliable health and education services in rural areas, the concentration of industry and jobs in cities, and the proliferation of mobile phones which permit daily contact with rural friends and families, are prompting many across the Pacific to board buses, trucks and motorbikes in search of better lives in cities..." [read more].
Research School of Asia and the Pacific (RSAP) Annual Symposium 2012.
28 November—30 November 2012, ANU, Canberra. Registration now open (see below).
In the post Cold War era, new ideas from a wide range of approaches – including archaeology, anthropology, international relations, historiography, cultural geography, globalization studies, and postcolonial and diaspora studies – have challenged the way in which researchers understand and study regions. Flows of people, objects and knowledge are complicating the boundaries of areas which conventional Area Studies have treated as separate realms. For example, growing links between East Asia and the Pacific Islands, and between China and India, not only challenge the ways in which scholars map and subdivide the contemporary world, but also make visible long-neglected historical connections across sub-regional boundaries. (more…)
The Australian National University has a new student group geared towards increasing the awareness of Micronesians in Australia – the Micronesian and Australian Friends Association (MAFA). The ANU-chartered student group was formed in May 2012 by a small group of postgraduate students that became aware of the growing body of Micronesians and scholars of Micronesia at the ANU. Initially started as a social group to share ideas and love of Micronesian cultures, its members hope it will grow to lend support to and encourage a larger number of incoming Micronesian students to higher educational institutes in Australia.
‘Micronesia’ is considered both a broad geographical and cultural region of the Pacific, distinguished from the other subgroups of ‘Polynesia’ and ‘Melanesia’ and Southeast Asia, although with strong ties historically and linguistically to these oceanic neighbours. Consisting of over 2,000 islands stretching over hundreds of thousands of km2 of ocean, and 12 distinct cultural groups and languages, Micronesia is politically divided into 5 independent countries and 2 territories – the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of Kiribati (including Banaba, and the Line and Phoenix Islands), the Republic of Nauru, the US territories of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Wake Island.
A region popularly associated with the United States, which acted as its official UN administrator post-WWII during the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands Period (TTPI), Micronesia has a colonial history including Spain, Germany, Australia, Great Britain and Japan. Australia has had an increasingly active role in recent years through its awarding of scholarships and grant funding to Micronesian students and local NGOs. This includes the ANU, which has seen a rise in students doing research in the region, as well as citizens migrating to Australia. Dr. Paul D’Arcy, Fellow at ANU’s School of Culture, History & Language notes “While ANU has a long history of research on Micronesia, this has always been somewhat random and largely based on the research priorities of individual staff and students…. Circumstances have altered in very positive ways in the last two years that suggest the momentum is here for a sustained and permanent on-campus presence of research (and hopefully teaching capacity) on Micronesia: the largest group of PhD students ever conducting PhD studies on Micronesia, and for the first time this includes a number of Micronesian students; enduring research projects on Micronesia that involve staff and post-graduates in a number of disciplines – most notably Archaeology and Natural History, and History; three courses that have contained Micronesian themes for a number of years now; and an increasing awareness in Micronesia of the possibilities offered by ANU for post-graduate research .”
Gonzaga Puas, current Phd student, long-time Australia resident, Micronesian, and MAFA Vice President concurs. “Micronesia has been the missing link in Pacific studies at ANU. Thanks to MAFA for playing its part in increasing the exposure of Micronesia as an area of academic scholarship and its aim is to promote friendship between Australian and Micronesian communities.”
MAFA is currently comprised of students, staff and community members living in Australia with an interest or background in greater Micronesia. Its mission is to (a) Promote knowledge of the greater Micronesian region; (b) Celebrate its diverse customs and values; (c) Encourage communication and cultural exchange between Micronesia and Australia; (d) Provide a support network for Micronesian students and scholars at the ANU and beyond. Current and planned activities include regular movie nights featuring documentaries, fiction films, television episodes and shorts about or set in the region; social gatherings featuring local foods and discussions; and the welcoming of visiting friends from the region. All activities are open to the public, and participation from the greater population is being emphasized.
“There’s already a history of great research in the Pacific region here at ANU of course, and we’re really excited to collaborate with and learn from other Pacific Islanders and innovative groups like Pasifika Australia,” says MAFA President Ingrid Ahlgren. “We’re a small humble group in Canberra now, but we foresee and plan for a future where we can be a friendly resource for Micronesians living abroad in Australia, and a collaborative support group for increasing research in the region.”
Wednesday 12th September, 2-4 pm
Hedley Bull 3, Ground floor off the atrium, ANU
Prof Karen Sykes is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Manchester. Her recent books include Arguing with Anthropology: an introduction to critical theories of the gift. London: Routledge, 2005 and Sykes, K M. (ed.) Moral Reasoning: Living Paradoxes of a Global Age. Palgrave MacMillan, 2009. She is currently directing a comparative research project, The Domestic Moral Economy: an ethnographic study of the value in the Asia Pacific.
Postgraduate students and early career researchers at the ANU are invited to attend this masterclass. They should send their names and a brief paragraph outlining their current research project to email@example.com by September 10, 2012. Selected participants will be sent copies of some of Prof Karen Sykes’s recently published work which will be the basis of discussion with her.
21-31 January 2013, University of Queensland, Brisbane.
Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) Australia will bring together 100 post-grad students from the Asia-Pacific region to develop skills and forge lasting professional relationships. Combining a 3 day conference, 3 days of field trips and sightseeing around Brisbane, and 4 days of training and workshops, SCCS Australia will provide students a unique and unforgettable experience that will help launch their careers in conservation science. 30 scholarships to cover the full cost of the attendance will be available and offered on the basis of merit and equity. Download a conference flyer or visit the SCCS Australia website.
Call for abstracts: 12th Annual International Graduate Student Conference on the Asia Pacific Region (close 15 October)
February 14-16, 2013, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawai‘i.
For information, including financial support for participants, visit the conference website.
Applications are now open for the $10,000 annual UNDP Asia-Pacific Human Development Academic Fellowship (due 15 September 2012). This year’s theme is Embedding Environmental Concerns into Poverty Reduction and Inclusive Growth.
Occasional Paper No.96 of the European Union Institute for Security Studies ”aims at providing a new perspective on the relevance of climate change for the EU’s external action. Considering its linkages with various areas such as energy security, economic growth and diplomacy, and indeed its importance in terms of future political stability, climate change is a major ‘game-changer’ in international relations…”