- 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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Tag Archives: Hawai’i
New website for “Engendering Persons, Transforming Things: Christianities, Commodities and Individualism in Oceania”
Professor Margaret Jolly’s ARC Laureate Project Engendering Persons, Transforming Things: Christianities, Commodities and Individualism in Oceania has a new website.*
This project “addresses a profound and long-debated question about the historical interaction between Oceanic and western constructs of the person and contemporary controversies about the role of Christianity in the emergence of modern individualism. It is distinctive in linking the gender of persons with gendered things. It critically evaluates the role of Christianity in relation to processes of individuation emergent from the commoditisation of land, labour and consumption, biomedical systems of health and introduced legal regimes. It will significantly enhance Australia’s research capacity as well as its cultural understanding and delivery of development assistance in the region, with particular regard to gender justice, law and health.”
The team of staff and students is working across the region in Vanuatu (Margaret Jolly, Latu Latai); Papua New Guinea (Katherine Lepani, Latu Latai); the autonomous region of Bougainville and Solomon Islands (Anna-Karina Hermkens); Banaba and transnational Oceania (Katerina Teaiwa); Samoa (Latu Latai); New Zealand (Areti Metuamate) and Hawai’i (Marata Tamaira).
[* read more about the photo (above) on the new Laureate site.]
The East-West Center recently announced a new initiative – the Pacific Islands Leadership Program (PILP) with Taiwan – which is “designed to provide opportunities to enhance the leadership capacities of individuals in the Pacific Islands region and build a network of young leaders who will contribute to lasting people-to-people relationships across the Pacific, Asia, and United States.” Applications for this year’s program are due before 15 March and the program will run 26 August – 26 November 2013.
The PILP with Taiwan initiative parallels the East-West Center’s long-standing Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP).
Dr James Flexner will be joining the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the ANU early in 2013, where he will be a postdoctoral fellow. James recently received a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council (ARC) to fund his research on the archaeology of the first Christian missions to the islands of Erromango, Tanna, and Aniwa in southern Vanuatu. The goal of this project is to use archaeological evidence, local oral histories, and archival records to understand the ways that religion shaped colonial encounters in Island Melanesia, from the perspectives of both local people and foreign missionaries. [See this earlier post to Outrigger on ARC awards for Pacific-related research in 2013.]
James is coming to the ANU from Washington and Lee University in Virginia in the United States, where he was a visiting lecturer for the last three years. Before that, he received a Bachelor’s in Anthropology and Archaeology from the University of Virginia, and a Master’s and PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.
James got his start in archaeology as an undergraduate student, working periodically for the Department of Archaeology at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia plantation. James first started to learn about and become interested in Oceania during a semester spent at the University of Otago in New Zealand. As an undergraduate, he also worked on an excavation project on Pemba Island, Tanzania, which became the subject of his senior honours thesis.
For postgraduate study, James combined his interests and experiences by developing a project in Polynesian historical archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley. His doctoral research focused on the historical archaeology of Hansen’s disease (also called leprosy) in Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Moloka‘i Island, Hawaii. Documenting the landscape in Kalaupapa, James was able to show the ways that traditional Hawaiian settlement patterns and practices shaped everyday life in Hawaii’s first experiment with institutions of isolation. As a graduate student, James was also lucky enough to join his colleagues on archaeological digs elsewhere in Hawaii, California, and the Central Amazon of Brazil.
Since graduating from Berkeley, James has been teaching full time, and doing summer fieldwork in Vanuatu, laying the groundwork for his current ARC-funded project. This is a collaborative project involving the ANU, the Vanuatu Cultural Centre, and local communities in Vanuatu’s southern province of Tafea. James hopes to continue doing public archaeology while in Australia, since this has always been an important part of the discipline for him, and welcomes questions from students and the general public about his work (you can contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org). James will work closely with Prof. Matthew Spriggs, among others, while at the ANU.
by Dr Rachel Hendery, Linguistics ANU.
[NB: Rachel's map is interactive and provides information on the research priorities for these various language communities. We have included it here to suggest just one of the many ways Google Maps may facilitate workshops, discussion, etc. in area-studies research.]
On 27-28 October, a workshop Continuity and Change: Grammars of the Pacific was held at ANU. Around 30 people attended, including visitors from the University of Auckland, the University of Newcastle, the University of New England, and the University of Canberra. Keynote talks were given by Prof. Jeff Siegel (UNE) on “Language transfer and grammatical change: Evidence from Pacific contact varieties” and by Assoc. Prof. Frank Lichtenberk (University of Auckland) on “Complementation in Oceanic: Focus on complementisers”.
One of the highlights of the workshop was a discussion on regional priorities for future linguistic research in the Pacific. Participants were asked to report on the most urgent or important research questions in the region they work in, and to consider for example, if approached by a new PhD student who wanted to work in that region, what sorts of projects they might suggest. This discussion led to a very useful list of priorities, in which we can clearly see the differences between the current research status of various regions, as well as some similar themes in current and future interests across the Pacific. The points brought up at this discussion are summarised by region below: (more…)
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…)
Susan Dixon has recently joined the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program (SSGM) as a Research Fellow. She moves to ANU from the University of Hawaii at Manoa where she earned her PhD in geography. Susan will be working, in part, on a new undergraduate major in CAP: peace, conflict and war studies. She is currently creating a new class on conflict management and conflict resolution that she will be teaching in the second semester, 2013.
Susan’s interests in peace, conflict and war and her interests in Asia and the Pacific have dovetailed throughout her graduate and undergraduate career. Her dissertation mapped crisis discourse and its effects in the contemporary southwest Pacific. She used the recent conflict in Solomon Islands and the subsequent Australian-led intervention there as a case study to understand how geographical discourse constitutes crises. Her research included fieldwork in Solomon Islands and Australia, where she was a Departmental Visitor at ANU’s Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (precursor to the ANU’s College of Asia and the Pacific). Her master’s thesis investigated Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) program to Pacific Island countries. As part of her bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies, Susan wrote a 90-page senior thesis, “Satyagraha and Nonviolence: Gandhian Theories for Creating Social Change,” at the Gujarat Vidyapith (or ‘place of learning’) that Gandhi founded in Ahmedabad, India.
Susan became deeply interested in peace, conflict and war during her experience on a yearlong academic study abroad program focusing on “The World Politics of Peace and Conflict.” The program was led by Johan Galtung, who is widely considered the founder of peace studies as a science. Along with 35 other students from 10 countries, Susan travelled to hotspots on four continents. Through site visits and meeting with political leaders, university professors, and other people from all walks of life, she gained a more holistic understanding of different problems facing the world and of ways to address these problems.
Susan is excited to be at the ANU and looks forward to meeting other Pacific scholars!
This new Framework for Biocultural Resource Management in Hawai’i (resulting from a workshop dealing with the creation of a sanctuary for humpback whales) has clear relevance for Natural Resource Management (NRM) in the wider Pacific region.
Applications are now sought for an assistant professor position in the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
The new Climate Science Center for the Pacific Islands has been established at the University of Hawai’i Manoa Campus. The Inaugural Lecture of the PICSC, “Navigating Change: Climate Science and Collaboration in the Pacific”, will be given at 1:30pm on the 26 October in the Kuykendall Auditorium. For more information about the PICSC and relate job opportunities, visit the new webpages for the PICSC at the website of the US Department of the Interior. The PICSC is a partner of the Pacific Islands Climate Change Coorperative.
The Center for Pacific Island Studies (CPIS) at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UHM) has published Pacific News from Mānoa since 1996. The CPIS newsletter is now available in an easy to access blog format that will be familiar to readers of Outrigger.
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.
“We tried to shed our preconceived ideas about what ‘Pasifika’, or the Pacific, means,” said Mr Pao. “We discussed each island group and thought about their unique identities relating back to their place of origin. From that we started to think about grander, sweeping elements within the Pacific like ocean, wind, and current, and not only how those tie the mural together but how they have tied us together over the generations.” The mural will be mounted on the western wall of Farea Pasifika – Building 101a, BPB Annex [read more].
We would like to express our gratitude to all involved in this collaboration: the Pacific Studies Artist in Residence Committee, Nicholas Mortimer, Josi Baba, Cathleen Nansen, George Carter, Katerina Teaiwa and Pasifika students. We’re especially grateful to the ANU Public Artworks Committee for its support of this initiative, and to Margaret Jolly’s ARC Laureate Project and the ANU’s Student Equity Office for funding assistance.
Where? i-Block (Old admin block b/t Law and Menzies Library )
When? All day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (30, 31 July and 1 August, 2012)
What to bring? Paints and brushes provided. BYO snacks and smocks!
This week, as part of our Pacific Studies Artist in Residence program, indigenous Hawaiian artist Carl Pao will be leading the creation of a mural reflecting ideas from Pasifika Australia students. The mural has been approved by the ANU Public Artworks Committee and will be mounted on the side of the Farea Pasifika office near the Baldessin Precinct Building. Pacific Studies and the ARC Laureate project Engendering Persons, Transforming Things in CHL would like to invite students and staff to participate in painting with Carl and Pasifika Australia students.
October 8-10, 2012
Ala Moana Hotel – Honolulu, Hawaii
The Pacific Global Health Conference will bring together academics, policy makers, and practitioners from Hawaii and the Pacific to share research, discuss current issues develop strategies for the future, and increase avenues of communications.
Conference Update and Registration Link: http://hawaiipublichealth.org/pghc
Carl F. K. Pao, ANU’s inaugural Pacific Island Artist in Residence, is an indigenous Hawaiian artist whose residency placement will be focused around sharing his knowledge and engaging the Canberra community in traditional and contemporary indigenous Hawaiian art. Pao teaches visual arts at Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu, has had his most recent work exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian and is featured in the new Hawaiian Halls at the Bishop Museum.
Carl will give several public presentations during his time as Artist in Residence at ANU:
Thursday 19 July, 12.45 pm
National Gallery of Australia
He will also run two student workshops at the National Portrait Gallery:
The Skin you’re in: Contemporary Hawaiian Tattoos (10am-12:30pm, 25 July)
Identity unwrapped: Understanding the Portrait of a Hawaiian (2-4 pm, 29 July)
Photo: Black Beauty (from the series New Photographs From Kokwara Trail 2010).
Two of the Pacific art world’s most exciting and well-respected artists, … Carl FK Pao and Eric Bridgeman are the inaugural winners of the Pacific Studies Artist in Residence program in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific [read more...].
2010 Census Brief C2010BR-12 (May 2012): This report provides a portrait of the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander population in the United States and discusses that population’s distribution at the national level and at lower levels of geography.
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.