- 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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Report on PACE-Net Key Stakeholder Conference: Connecting Research and Innovation for development in the Pacific (Suva 12th – 14th March 2013)
“Enthusiastic discussions on results of the three year Pacific-European Network on Science and Technology (PACE-Net*) were held by more than 120 delegates from about 17 Pacific and European countries and territories [pictured above] at the final PACE-Net Conference hosted by the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva Fiji from 12-14 March 2013.
The Fijian Minister for the Environment, Colonel Samuela Saumatua, in opening the Conference, emphasized the need for policies to be founded on good scientific information, particularly because of the Pacific’s vulnerability to global change. He acknowledged that this was an area that needed strengthening in the Pacific.
Mr. Andrew Jacobs, head of EU delegation in Suva, stressed the EU’s active involvement in: regional and global areas of common concern; capacity building; and its continued commitment to research and development. VC & President of USP, Prof. R. Chandra outlined USP’s commitment, as a regional organisation, to increasing the role of science and technology in regional policy development, in capacity building and in networks with other Pacific Island Universities. Mr. Jimmie Rodgers, Director General of SPC, underlined the importance of research for Pacific countries to respond to their challenges and to improve their development. For this, he adds that research institutes, policy makers, regional organisations, private sector will have to all work together.
PACE-Net results included: strengthening the EU-Pacific bi-regional dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I); identifying the general absence of regional and national ST&I policies and plans in the Pacific; catalysing the formation of the “Pacific Islands University Research Network” (PIURN); and assisting initiation of a national ST&I policy framework process in Papua New Guinea. In addition, PACE-Net raised awareness of the critical importance of the Pacific – a region of extraordinary physical, social and economic diversity –to global sustainability and of the vulnerability of small island nations to global change.
PACE-Net developed policy briefs which present priority research and development needs in seven thematic areas in the Pacific, Climate Change in relation to: Freshwater in the Pacific; Agriculture and Forestry; Fisheries and Aquaculture in the Pacific; Natural Hazards; Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management; and Health. These identified opportunities for bi-regional research partnerships and projects to address priority areas.
An information session on EU research and innovation framework programmes and mobility schemes detailed experiences in and opportunities for international collaboration between Europe and the Pacific. Research facilities were explored at the Conference which also further stimulated initiatives for research collaborations.
A range of recommendations for enhancing the use of research in policy formulation were developed including the creation of regional thematic task forces for research coordination.
Delegates from Tuvalu and Tonga spoke for all participants when they thanked the EC, IRD and the PACE-NET Consortium for their generous support for PACE-Net and concluded that both the project and the final Conference, organised and run by USP, were highly successful and valuable and that wide dissemination of the outcomes of PACE-Net would catalyse the development of national and regional research policy frameworks in the Pacific.”
[*Coordinated by IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement), PACE-Net (Pacific Europe Network for Science and Technology) is an INCO-NET funded by the European Commission. For more information on PACE-Net, visit http://pacenet.eu. For more about the March 2013 conference in Suva, visit http://suva-conference.pacenet.eu. The above text is taken from a PACE-Net media release issued after the conference.]
The CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) is recruiting a tenure-track Director of Research (equivalent to Professorial level) in Social and Cultural Anthropology. The general domain of competence is “Environment and Identity in the Pacific”. Read more at this opportunity (Position number: 38/02) on the CNRS job site: http://gestionoffres.dsi.cnrs.fr/fo/offres/detail-fr.php?&offre_id=135 .
16-17 October 2012, ANU Centre for European Studies, Canberra
The École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Canberra (EHESS @ ANU) and the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific and ANU Centre for European Studies are hosting this two-day symposium to provide an opportunity for dialogue between Francophone and Anglophone researchers in the Pacific.
On day one, the EHESS @ ANU will host “France in the Pacific: an update”, discussing the current political, judicial, and economic situation, in the three French collectivities of the South Pacific. Later in the day the Centre for European Studies and the EHESS @ ANU will co-host “Europe in the Pacific”, focusing on expectations for relations with Europe from a Pacific perspective.
On day two, the State Society & Governance in Melanesia Program in partnership with the ANU Centre for European Studies, the Centre for Democratic Institutions and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Canberra (EHESS @ ANU) will host a Colloquium titled “ A Changing Oceania”.
This event is free and open to the public. Please register for this event and note that registrations close Wednesday 10 October, 2012. For more information, please view the conference flyer and draft program.
After three and a half years in our department as a Visiting Fellow, Alex François will have to leave us at the end of July, to return to his CNRS position in France. The connections created during these past few years will continue, and hopefully more occa-sions will arise for him to visit Australia and the ANU again in coming years. Or we can visit him at LACITO (Langues et Civilisations à Tradition Orale) – in Paris. It’s not far!
In his latest fieldwork (mid-May), Alex was invited to join a team of geologists for a 10-day sea trip to Vanikoro, an isolated island of the eastern Solomons (read more about their work in a recent article in Der Spiegel – The Mystery of the Sinking South Pacific Islands). It was the occasion for him to catch up with the people he had first met in 2005, and hand them copies of his book of traditional stories in the main language Teanu (Buma). The two other languages of the island, Lovono and Tanema, have now come down to one speaker each – the father and the son! – and were thus given priority during this short trip. In parallel, Alex seized this opportunity to take notes on a number of other languages spoken in the Temotu province (Tikopia, Asubuo, Tanibili, Äiwoo, Natügu…). This province of Temotu is puzzling in its lin-guistic diversity, and certainly hosts some key elements in the history of Oceanic languages.
[This post has been adapted from a note in the latest CAP Linguistics newsletter.]
For three intensive days from July 11-13, a congregation of fifty-three scholars, activists, policy-makers, and practitioners met at ANU to exchange perspectives and engage in discussion on Sexualities, Sexual Rights and HIV in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific. This workshop symposium was conjointly convened by Professor Gilbert Herdt and Dr Katherine Lepani as part of the ARC Laureate Project led by Professor Margaret Jolly, Engendering Persons, Transforming Things. The event received support from the ANU Research School of Asia and the Pacific (RSAP), the AusAID International Seminar Support Scheme (ISSS), and the United Nations Development Programme Pacific Centre in Suva, Fiji. Professor Herdt’s intellectual leadership for the workshop symposium ermerged as a key activity during his two-month visit at ANU, under the RSAP Distinguished Visitor Program.
Participants at the workshop symposium came from Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomons, Vanuatu, the Cook Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, France, Canada and Australia. Governments, NGOs, advocacy groups, and churches were represented including the PNG National Aids Council Secretariat, Solomon Islands National AIDS Council, New Zealand AIDS Foundation, PNG Institute of Medical Research, UNAIDS PNG, UNDP Pacific Centre, Secretariat of the Pacific Community Regional Rights Resource Team, Pacific Islands AIDS Foundation, Igat Hope PNG, Fiji Network for People Living with HIV, Pacific Sexual Diversity Network, Wan Smol Bag Theatre, Pacific Counselling and Social Services, Caritas Australia, ChildFund Australia, Pacific Friends of the Global Fund, the National Catholic AIDS Office in PNG, and the Seventh Day Adventist and Anglican churches.
Professor Emeritus Susan Kippax of UNSW and Professor Gary Dowsett of La Trobe, respectively, both eminent social scientists and experts on sexuality and HIV, were the invited discussants for the workshop symposium. Dame Carol Kidu, former member of the PNG Parliament and a tireless advocate for human rights and law reform in PNG and the Pacific, provided reflective comments on advocacy and law reform processes in a special session on the first day that focused on Homosexuality Laws and Law Reform in the Pacific. Stuart Watson, UNAIDS Coordinator for PNG, provided a remarkable commentary on emerging themes of the third day.
The workshop was a model of open exchange and dialogue between diverse people, places and perspectives, including controversial issues, such as the influence of religiosity on sexual expression in the Pacific Islands. The format involved twenty-eight short plenary presentations in nine thematic sessions, allowing ample time for discussion and debate. Innovative new insights were developed about:
- Patterns of stigma, discrimination and violence against women, sexual minorities and people living with HIV in the Pacific;
- The persistence of punitive laws, many dating from the colonial period criminalizing sodomy and sex work and the urgent need for law reform
- The prominent role of Christian churches in both the prevention and treatment of HIV and the increasing conjunction of biomedical and faith-based healing
- The crucial advocacy role of organizations representing women and sexual minorities and people living with HIV in defending human rights.
Evaluations of the workshop were overwhelmingly positive, with many participants suggesting it marked a watershed moment in mutual understandings. The projected outcomes include ongoing collaboration in research and practice, a series of scholarly articles, and planned publication of some of the insights gained from the symposium.
You may download the program and abstracts for the workshop symposium.
Integral to the program was a public lecture by distinguished anthropologist Professor Gilbert Herdt, From Ritual Sex to Sexual Individuality: Tradition and Modernity in Sambia Sexual Culture, which attracted a packed audience. The lecture explored the profound transformations in sexual culture and gender relations among people in the Eastern Highlands of PNG since his first fieldwork in the 1970s: the end of initiations which made boys into mature, heterosexual men and warriors through practices of insemination, the reduced separation of men and women and changing notions of female pollution and male domination. Pervasive conversion to Seventh Day Adventist Christianity has catalysed new forms of intimate cohabitation and desire in marriages with enhanced female autonomy and a parallel denial of homosexual practice as both un-Christian and foreign. This lecture will form part of his forthcoming book The Singers are Gone. The Public Lecture was co-sponsored by the ARC Laureate Project, the RSAP Distinguished Visitor Program, and the ANU Gender Institute.
Prior to Professor Herdt’s lecture, Dr Nicole George of the University of Queensland launched the new ANU E-Press book, Engendering Violence in Papua New Guinea edited by Margaret Jolly and Christine Stewart with Carolyn Brewer. Amongst the large crowd who celebrated was Dame Carol Kidu, to whom the book is dedicated. It is available as a free download at http://epress.anu.edu.au/titles/engendering-violence-in-papua-new-guinea or in hard copy from ANU E-Press.
A framework agreement on "research in humanities and social sciences in Oceania" was signed at IRD on June 12th 2012
The École des hautes études en sciences sociales (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences"; EHESS), the University of New Caledonia (UNC), the Institute of Research for Development (Institut de recherche pour le développement: IRD) and the Cultural Centre of Vanuatu (Vanuatu Kaljoral Senta: VKS) have signed a framework agreement aimed at promoting researchers and knowledge exchange and research projects and training programmes in humanities and social sciences in Oceania [read more]
... to stronger scientific cooperation in the South Pacific [read more].
11.00am – 12.30pm, Tuesday 22 May 2012
ANU Centre for European Studies,
1 Liversidge Street (Bldg 67C), Canberra
Europe has a long and continuing history with the Pacific. You are invited to a panel discussion on political and social change in the Pacific. How is Europe navigating its way in the new Pacific? What is at stake for Pacific nations? Panel Members include:
- His Excellency Mr David Daly, Ambassador of the EU to Australia and NZ;
- His Excellency Dr Hannes Porias, Ambassador of Austria to Australia;
- His Excellency Mr Lemalu Tate Simi, High Commissioner of Samoa to Australia;
- Prof. Serge Tcherkézoff, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Socials (EHESS) and Visiting Professor in the College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU; and
- Prof. Darrell Tryon, Emeritus Professor, CHL, CAP, ANU.
A new website enterely in French to inform researchers on all the programmes of the 7th Framework programme (FP7): http://www.eurosfaire.prd.fr/7pc. More info on the next Framework programme of the EC called Horizon 2020 (starting on January 2014): http://www.eurosfaire.prd.fr/horizon2020.
RIIP-Info : Call for proposals – Institut Pasteur International Network Regional and International Courses 2013
A call for proposals to organize regional and international courses or workshops and conferences on 2013 in the Institut Pasteur International Network is launched by the Institut Pasteur International Division [read more].