- 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: Micronesia
“In February-March 2013, Hsiao-chun Hung and Mike Carson returned to the Mariana Islands in far western Micronesia, searching for more evidence of the oldest human habitation at the House of Taga Site, ca. 3500-3400 BP.
Following on their 2011 field-work, they uncovered more than 90 sq m of a very well preserved habitation layer, very dense with artefacts and midden, as well as arrangements of post-holes and other structural features. This work confirms that the very first inhabitants in the Marianas made red-slipped pottery of various forms with or without carination, including hundreds of decorated pieces that appeared from the earliest deposit of this site.
This excavation produced the largest so far known collection of decorated red-slipped pottery in the Marianas, with beautifully dentate-stamped designs highlighted by white lime in-fill. Some early pottery with painting was noticed, too! Certainly, the large amount of decorated pottery can help us to understand more about cross-regional relations.
Thanks are due to the funding sources, including both Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation and Australian Research Council. Strong support from local scholars and authorities graciously made this project gain fruitful results. The preliminary results have been invited for presentation at several locations, such as at Archaeology Center of Stanford University (USA) and Northern Marianas Humanities Council (Saipan), as well as featured in media such as Radio Australia News and as Archaeology Magazine’s top news story on 14 March 2013.”
[post taken from the latest Archaeology and Natural History (ANH) newsletter.]
"In the latest issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor, released yesterday (March 26), the ADB forecasts that the average rate of growth in its 14 developing member countries in the Pacific region will fall to 5.2%, as earlier gains from major foreign investments and public infrastructure projects fade. The performance of the region’s larger natural resource exporting economies (Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Timor-Leste) continues to drive the economic outlook, with these two economies comprising about two-thirds of the weight in the regional growth average..." [read more].
"There are three main messages contained in the recently released World Bank report ‘The economic costs of Non-Communicable Diseases in the Pacific Islands: a rapid stocktake of the situation in Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu‘ (available here [PDF]) (the report did not include analysis of Papua New Guinea)..." [read more].
In January last year, Tess Newton Cain posted her predictions for Pacific politics, economics, and regionalism in 2012. Her latest post to Devpolicy.org suggests the big ticket issues in the region in 2013.
Sustainable health financing in the Pacific is a new working paper from the University of Sydney, Burnet Institute and Fiji National University’s Centre for Health Information, Policy and Systems Research. A recent post to Devpolicy.org by Joel Negin (one of the main authors of the report) reviews this report and underlying assumptions about donor dependence in the health sector.
"On 6-8 November 2012 at USP, Suva, twenty-five men and four women... all senior practitioners or analysts of social and economic development in Pacific island countries (PICs) and two-thirds of them Pacific islanders by descent, met by invitation in a What We Can Learn project symposium to consider and debate what they had learned..." [read more].
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.
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Application deadline: 31 October 2012. (more…)
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.
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 latest edition of ADB's Pacific Economic Monitor "...projects economic growth of 6.0% in the Pacific region for 2012. Regional growth continues to be driven primarily by developments in the large resource-exporting economies of Papua New Guinea (PNG), Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste ... [but] growth in the rest of the Pacific islands..." has been significantly slower [read more].
The Asian Development Bank has just released new fact sheets for the following Pacific Island nations: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu (other ADB country fact sheets).
This March ANU welcomed new PhD student Ingrid Ahlgren to the RMAP program in the College of Asia Pacific. She joins us most recently from the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) where she has been working for the past several years as the staff anthropologist for the RMI Ministry of Internal Affairs in their Historic Preservation Office.
Ingrid was born and raised during her childhood years in the Marshall Islands, and a career studying its history was a natural choice. She received a double-major Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Music at Tufts University, and Master of Science in Anthropological Sciences at Stanford University prior to returning to the atolls of the Marshalls.
Ingrid’s doctoral research continues on her experiences in Micronesia, an area that is often under-represented in academic studies. Using the low-lying littoral atolls of the Marshalls as case studies, she plans to investigate the concept of ‘mo’, a land and resource taboo that she believes may have been one important conservation tool in maintaining the delicate human-environment balance. She states, “The Marshalls are a challenging locale for human settlement with no arable soil and limited fresh water, yet the Marshallese people have found a way to live and thrive continuously for an estimated 2-3,000 years. Paramount to this survival was and remains a keen understanding of their surroundings and a sophisticated set of resource tenure and access rules. It is this system and its ongoing interpretations that I am most interested in studying.”
Ingrid notes that she is delighted to be at the ANU, surrounded by Pacific scholars and endless shelves of publications and resources, but isn’t looking forward to the upcoming winter. “Fieldwork may have to come sooner than later!” Welcome Ingrid to Canberra and to the ANU!
“Micronesian Seminar, or MicSem as it is widely known, is the Jesuit think-tank located on Pohnpei that has become known regionally for its commitment to social issues and the quality research of its founder, Fr. Francis X. Hezel, S.J..” (more…)
Applications open: Australian Development and Australian Leadership Awards Scholarships (close 30 April 2012)
Applications are now open for Australian Development Scholarships and Australian Leadership Award Scholarships (facilitated through AusAID). Information about specific eligibility criteria are available for the following Pacific Island states:
Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Pacific Collectivities (New Caledonia, French Polynesia, and Wallis and Futuna), Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue and Tokelau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, timor-leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.
More information about opening and closing dates for AusAID’s ADS and ALAS Scholarships is available here. Other information critical to these scholarships is available on the AusAID Scholarships website at www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/publications.cfm.
Transoceania 2012: Currents of Memory, Identity, and Representation Between the Islands of Japan and Oceania
The Inaugural Symposium of the Transoceania Project (Project35) will be held from 14-15 July 2012 at the University of Tokyo. The Transoceania Project is a collaborative Pacific Islands Studies initiative based in Japan and supported by the Toyota Foundation. This symposium will take the form of a public keynote lecture, followed by a registration-only forum for up to fifty participants, with the goal of initiating new conversations around themes of memory, identity, and representation between the islands of Japan and Oceania.
This will be the first cultural studies/Pacific Islands Studies gathering of its kind in Tokyo. One of the biggest barriers to including Japanese academia, art, and activism in Pacific conversations is language. Unfortunately many scholars in Japan do not publish in English, nor do many scholars of the Pacific speak or read/write Japanese. However, many conferences are held in Tokyo in English, with some segments in Japanese or with interpretation. As we would like to involve colleagues from all around the region, we have chosen to hold our first symposium mainly in English.
Dr. Greg Dvorak, Associate Professor of Pacific and Asian Cultural Studies, Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School of Law, Tokyo, Japan.
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A roundup of development policy issues in the Pacific by the Pacific Institute of Public Policy and the Development Policy Centre. [read more...]
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