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Annual General Meeting of The Australian Association for the Advancement of Pacific Studies (AAAPS), 10 May 2013
Annual General Meeting of AAAPS (AAAPS 2013 AGM flyer)
12:00 – 5:00pm, 10 May 2013
McDonald Room, Menzies Library, Australian National University, Canberra.
(Lunch and afternoon tea are provided)
The 2013 AGM of the Australian Association for the Advancement of Pacific Studies (AAAPS) will commence with a public talk by Dr. Keith Camacho from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), titled: “Militarized Incarceration: The U.S. Military Tribunals of Guam, 1945-1949”.
Lunch will follow Dr. Keith Camacho’s talk before the AGM proper (2-5pm). In addition to dealing with the formal business of the AGM, we hereby give notice of the special resolution that will take place regarding changing the name AAAPS into AAPS (see the AAAPS 2013 AGM Agenda). This is an important resolution and your attendance is much appreciated.
We very much look forward to seeing you in May!
Anna-Karina Hermkens and John Taylor (AAAPS secretaries)
For catering, please RSVP by May 3 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the last two years a quiet educational revolution with profound implications for education outreach and collaborative teaching and research has been taking place across the entire breadth of the Pacific Islands. The project driving this new approach is called Connecting Moana: the common heritage of Pacific Islanders. It brings together major tertiary institutions across the Pacific Islands in a collaborative course writing and professional development exercise to design and deliver courses for Pacific Islanders on their history, culture, environmental management and external relations. The courses will be presented in a variety of media. The project has received overwhelming support from all tertiary institutions, with numerous academics volunteering to participate. Designed in the Pacific Islands for Pacific Islanders, this collaborative endeavour provides tangible benefits of enhanced course delivery and university outreach, reduced workloads through sharing resources, and enhanced research capacity through linking teaching and research collaboration. The author has been part of the organizing committee since the project’s inception.
Coordinated by Dr Morgan Tuimaleali’ifano and Dr Max Quanchi of the Suva campus of the University of the South Pacific, the project has won support from the University of Guam, the College of Micronesia’s Pohnpei campus, Divine Word University in Madang, Papua New Guinea, the University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby, the University of New Caledonia, the National University of Samoa, and the University of French Polynesia. Recently, Taiwanese universities with large indigenous student bodies were also recruited to embrace the homeland of the Austronesian diaspora. In so doing, the project bridges the gap between the Anglophone and Francophone Pacific and reintegrates Taiwan as the ancient homeland of Pacific Islanders. This reconfiguration has done much to break down externally imposed language barriers and reshape conceptions of the region according to indigenous priorities and shared experiences.
Preparations are well advanced to trial the first course on the history of the Pacific before European arrival. This will be a Pacific wide, multi-campus undergraduate history course about Pacific societies, emphasizing and empowering Pacific perspectives and grounding students in their shared heritage – a heritage which transcends contemporary language and cultural barriers arising from colonial rule. Due to limited staff numbers and access to resources, few university undergraduate courses currently teach the early history of the Pacific Islands, or the histories of the whole region. This project will provide a collective and truly Pan-Pacific introduction to the history of the inhabitants of Moana (the increasingly recognized indigenous term for the Pacific Islands – formerly labeled as Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia).
A multilingual group of Pacific teachers, researchers and course designers with diverse and complementary expertise has been assembled. In addition to Dr Tuimaleali’ifano and Dr Quanchi of the USP Suva campus, the full project team consists of (from east to west across the Pacific) Professor Eric Conte of the University of French Polynesia in Tahiti, Dr Tamatoa Bambridge of the CRIOBE Research Centre on Moorea, Professor Lau Asofou So’o and Dr Louise Mata’ia of the National University of Samoa, Dr David Gegeo of the University of Canterbury, Dr Stuart Bedford of USP Port Vila and ANU, Dr Bernard Rigo of the University of New Caledonia, Dr Christophe Sand of the Institute of Archaeology in New Caledonia, Professor August Kituai of the University of Papua New Guinea, Dr Linda Crowl and Patrick Matbob of Divine Word University in Madang, Papua New Guinea, Professor Serge Tcherkezoff of the EHESS and ANU, Dr Paul D’Arcy of ANU, Dr Mariana Ben and Dr Delihna Ehmes of the College of Micronesia’s Pohnpei campus, Dr Anne Hattori and Dr Sharleen Santos-Bamba of the University of Guam, Professor Tong Yuan-Chao of the Taiwan Center for Pacific Studies, Nakao Eki Pacidal of Leiden University, and Professor Benoit Vermander of the Ricci Institute of Taiwan and Fudan University in Shanghai.
The course materials will be made available in electronic and printed formats across Moana to allow local campuses to supplement areas where local teaching expertise is lacking, to modify into locally appropriate programs, and to free already over-stretched staff from developing new courses. These benefits will allow smaller Pacific Island universities to concentrate on completing post-graduate studies and research, and to forge regional research networks of staff and students. In a parallel development, a research network linked to the project has already started which focuses on Pan-Pacific indigenous marine ecosystem management practices across history.
While the Moana project has benefitted from generous start-up funding from the French Pacific Fund, the project organizing committee is now seeking additional funding to push the project through to the delivery stage in late 2013 or early 2014. Building on the past 2 years of experience and preparation, the Moana Pan-Pacific course can be online and in print within a year for $AUD50,000. A number of potential financial partners and aid donors are currently being investigated, but suggestions for funding would be warmly received by the Moana organizing committee and their collaborators! Please contact Morgan Tuimalealiifano email@example.com or Alan Max Quanchi firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or if you can assist with this initiative.
[* "View of the Island of Tinian: Dugout Canoes from the Caroline Islands", from 'Voyage Autour du Monde sur les Corvettes de L'Uranie' engraved by Coutant, published 1825, Berard, A. and Taunay, Adrien Andre.]
The 111th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) has just been held in San Francisco with the theme Borders and Crossings (November 14-18). This year’s program had 717 sessions, 34 workshops, 13 innovents and 183 special events. The AAA program is rather intimidating, so we’ve extracted information from it (for those of us not able to go!) on the four sessions (panels) and other papers of specific interest to scholars of the Pacific islands: (more…)
“Weaving waves writings: memories, stories and spiritual resonance in Oceania”
27-28 November, Taipei, Taiwan.
This conference aims to explore the spiritual and historical resources of Oceania and of Austronesian peoples as well as the creative ways through which they are expressed. For more information, visit the conference website.
Pacific Buzz (November 14): Pacific elections wrap | Fiji election preparations | Call to reorient PNG spending to boost recurrent budget | Agriculture and land in PNG | More
A fortnightly roundup of policy news in the Pacific by the Pacific Institute of Public Policy and the Development Policy Centre is now available.
The Pacific Institute at the ANU would like to recognise the significant effort of all academic and support staff who participated in ARC rounds in 2012 and congratulate all recipients of ARC Discovery Early Career Research Awards and ARC Discovery Awards for 2013. This post lists recipients of these ARC awards with research of specific relevance to Pacific island nations [text below is adapted from the ARC website]:
Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA):
Bode, Dr Michael (Melb)
Understanding the ecological and economic implications of reef fish larval dispersal
Until we understand larval dispersal, the movement of reef fish during their juvenile stage, we cannot sustainably manage coral reef ecosystems. This project will use sophisticated mathematical tools to understand how larval dispersal influences the ecology and management of the Great Barrier Reef and a fishery in Papua New Guinea.
Flexner, Dr James L (ANU)
Mission archaeology and colonial encounters in Southern Vanuatu
The remains of Christian missions in southern Vanuatu are important heritage sites for local communities, and for their place in world history as part of one of the final frontiers of European colonialism. This project explores these sites to produce a new picture of everyday life that includes the perspectives of missionaries and native people.
George, Dr Nicole L (UQ)
Gender violence, women’s empowerment and human rights in Melanesia: exploring the
This project examines the varied prevalence and acceptance of gender violence in Francophone and Anglophone Melanesian countries. It challenges the predominant view that the promotion of women’s human rights ideals, in isolation from broader empowerment strategies, will encourage women to resist their exposure to this violence.
Reepmeyer, Dr Christian H (ANU)
Foundations of Island Southeast Asian maritime interaction: unravelling cause and
consequence for the transformation of past societies
The successful spread of Neolithic innovations across the world was one of the most important transformations in human history. This project combines the geochemical and technological analysis of stone tools to track the evolution of maritime colonisation in Island Southeast Asia, the foundation for the success of agriculture in this region. [NB: Christian notes that his research will seek evidence of social interaction in the immediate pre-Neolithic period in insular Southeast Asia and as such it has immediate significance for Lapita colonisation movements throughout the Southwest Pacific.]
Worthy, Dr Trevor H (Adel)
Evolution, breeding biology and extinction of giant fowl in Australia and the Southwest
New investigation of the extinct giant flightless Australian mihirungs and similar giant fowl of Oceania by analysis of fossils will reveal their relationships and resolve the evolutionary history of fowl globally. This project will provide insight into breeding strategies of these fossil species and the causes and impacts of their extinction.
Aikhenvald, Prof Alexandra Y; Prof R M Dixon, Prof L de Vries, Prof W F Adelaar (JCU)
How languages differ and why
When languages interact, they become similar in certain ways. This project will explore the reasons for this, by examining why there are many languages of diverse structures in certain regions, focussing on New Guinea, Amazonia and north-east Queensland. The project will assist with understanding how language helps and hinders inter-ethnic communication.
David, Dr Bruno (Monash)
Before, during and after Lapita: 5000 years of cultural continuity and transformation at
Caution Bay, southern Papua New Guinea
Australia’s closest Indigenous neighbours in southern Papua New Guinea have long been thought to have been in contact with long-distance seafarers only in the last 2000 years. This project will document recent archaeological findings that are causing a radical rethink of ancestral connections between Australia and southern Papua New Guinea.
Dixon, A/Prof Chris F (UQ)
Black Americans and the Pacific War: African-American encounters with the South Pacific, 1941-1945
This project explores African Americans’ experiences in the Pacific War. By placing Black Americans’ experiences in a racially segregated military culture in the context of European colonisation of the Pacific, it will cast new light on issues of racial and national identity in a region of continuing significance to the United States and Australia.
Fitzpatrick, A/Prof Daniel J; Dr Rebecca J Monson (ANU)
Resilience and vulnerability in property systems: rising sea levels and local relocations in Solomon Islands
This project analyses local relocations caused by rising sea levels in Solomon Islands, in order to support sustainable and inclusive resettlement of displaced persons in their home environments.
Paisley, Dr Fiona K (Griffith)
Worldly encounters: Australian internationalists and the future of world civilization in the twentieth century Pan-Pacific
This project investigates Australian contributions to debate about world citizenship through the role of citizen internationalists in the Pacific and asks what their encounters with a community of peers in the twentieth century reveals about the role of Australia in the history of internationalism in our region and beyond.
Rumsey, Prof Alan; Prof Francesca C Merlan (ANU)
Children’s language learning and the development of intersubjectivity
How do children learn languages? How do they learn to understand the intentions and perspectives of others, and coordinate their own with them? Based on research in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, this project will [help] answer these questions, showing how the two processes are related to each other by studying them in a cross-cultural way.
A new wave of US engagement in the Pacific is set to benefit the region’s nations as the US responds to the global rise of China, writes Stewart Firth.
In his latest post to NewMatilda.com, Nic Maclellan argues that Australia may have to address renewed demands for decolonisation from the region when it assumes its seat on the United Nations Security Council in 2013. [Read Maclellan's follow-up post to New Matilda, Siding With France In The Pacific.]
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.”
The Search for a Cause: An Anthropological Perspective of a Neurological Disease in Guam, Micronesia
A new book by Dr Verena Keck (released July 2012).
“In this anthropological study of a neurodegenerative disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis/Parkinsonism-Dementia Complex (ALS/PDC) in Guam, Western Pacific, Verena Keck intertwines three separate perspectives of history, medicine, and anthropology. The book is an important contribution to the long overdue decolonizing of biomedical research and argues that neurological diseases can be better understood if they are seen, too, as social and cultural phenomena. With sound ethnography linked to current, controversial debates in neurology, the author breaks new ground; her insights add to the hitherto few anthropological studies of neurodegenerative diseases in non-Western societies” [now available from the University of Hawai'i Press].
Call for papers – Pacific Islands Association of Libraries, Archives, and Museums (PIALA) 22nd Annual Conference
13-15 November 2012, Guam.
We welcome a variety of sessions related to our theme – “RESET: Information Services Trends in 2012.” We invite all who work in libraries, archives, museums, records management, and historical preservation agencies in the Pacific region. Please complete the presentation form and submit by August 24, 2012, to the Guam Library Association (GLA). Please use ”Subject: Call for Papers” when emailing submissions (email@example.com). Please be prepared to provide a copy of your paper or presentation at the end of the Conference to be included in Proceedings.
by Dr Wakako Higuchi
Forewords by Donald Denoon and Goto Shinhachirō
For the whole of World War II, the U.S. Navy station Guam was only US Territory where Japan “administered” the occupied local people; it was controlled by the Japanese Navy for two and a half years. “Organic integration” was the purpose and goal of the Japanese Navy administration of the local Chamorro people, but the navy’s attempts failed before U.S. reinvasion in July 1944. By emphasizing the extent of Japan’s Mandate in Micronesia, this book examines the Japanese Navy’s social, economic, and cultural approaches to “organic integration.” Using abundant primary data, the author gives a clear and verifiable picture of the whole occupation period and the Japanese ruling ideology for not only Guam but the entire region–and finds new ways to consider just why Japan went to the war. Personal testimonies and documents enable the historian to follow the developing Japanese mentality of war as it unfolded.
You may read reviews (and forward order this book) on the publisher’s website.
[Wakako Higuchi completed her PhD in Pacific and Asian History at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (now CAP) at The Australian National University, Canberra. She is currently a Research Associate at ANU and the University of Guam.]
From 1-14 July 2012, thousands of artists and performers from the region will gather in Honiara for the Pacific’s largest, most colourful and exciting cultural event. The 11th Festival of Pacific Arts will feature traditional and contemporary visual and performing arts – music, dance, oratory and story telling, theatre and film, handicrafts, literature, tattooing, fire walking, culinary arts, navigation and canoeing, fashion, photography and healing.
Explorer-filmmaker reaches Mariana Trench on deepest ever solo sub dive. Stuffed into a “vertical torpedo,” the explorer-filmmaker has become the first human to reach the Mariana Trench’s Challenger Deep (11 kilometres below sea level). For more on this remarkable story, see National Geographic Daily News.
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Climate Change in the Pacific is a rigorously researched, peer-reviewed scientific assessment of the climate of the western Pacific region. Building on the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change… [read more...]
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