- 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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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 email@example.com.
Read a summary piece on Ed Aspinall and Jon Fraenkel’s latest CDI report Comparing Across Regions: Parties and Political Systems in Indonesia and the Pacific Islands, which was launched by the ANU’s Centre for Democratic Institutions earlier this month.
Public lecture by Professor Patrick Nunn, University of New England
1:00 – 2:00pm, Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Fenner Seminar Room, Frank Fenner Building 141, Linnaeus Way, ANU.
The effects of rising sea level – lowland flooding, shoreline erosion and groundwater salinisation – have become increasingly apparent in the Pacific Islands. Sea-level rise threatens the viability of livelihoods. Widespread population re-location is inevitable and should involve long-term planning, community support, and targeted donor funding. Planning for food security and population growth is also needed, as is global support for the sustainable future of Pacific Island peoples. There are few signs that any of the essential actors apprehend the enormity of the challenges ahead, suggesting that the next few decades will be marked by abrupt changes and reactive responses. (more…)
Edited by David Hegarty and Darrell Tryon. This publication, Volume 7 in the Studies in State and Society in the Pacific series, is now available in PDF View Online ePub mobi or print copy formats from ANU Epress.
“The chapters in this volume canvass political change and development across the Pacific Islands from a variety of perspectives, each contributing to the analysis of a region growing in complexity and in confidence. They fall neatly into three sections: Oceania and its Inheritance; Oceania – Current Needs and Challenges; and Oceania and its Wider Setting.
The new states of the Pacific have demonstrated considerable resilience, and in many cases, an extraordinary capacity to bounce back from difficulty and to maintain optimism for the future. The continuing professionalisation of public management across the region is building on that tradition. The growth of civil society organisations is also beginning to play a positive role in policy and implementation. Donors are becoming more coherent in their strategies, more attuned to the realities of generating development outcomes in small island states, and are beginning to acknowledge and map progress.
This book explores these themes of governance, development and security that signal both continuity and change in the Pacific’s pattern of islands.”
"The European Investment Bank has agreed to help examine safety improvements, upgrading of terminal facilities and more efficient power use at airports in the Cook Islands and Samoa. The USD 1.1m technical assistance programme (EUR 850,000) will be used to improve preparation of key investment expected to improve tourism, regional integration and economic development..." [read more].
"If it was good enough for the London Olympics in 2012, why not use large infrastructure projects in the Pacific region to do more than merely build a new facility? Why not also aim, as the UK’s Olympic Delivery Authority did, to get people into jobs, develop their skills and help them gain top-rate qualifications?" [read more].
The State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program at The Australian National University will be hosting the inaugural State of the Pacific conference on 25-26 June 2013 in Canberra.
The aim of the conference is to bring together academics, parliamentarians, policy makers, business leaders, civil society representatives and the media to share and discuss policy-relevant issues and research on and about the Pacific region. The conference will be structured around the following three themes:
- State of Democracy (elections, new states, constitutions…);
- Challenges Facing Small Island States (viability, climate change, migration…) and
- Land (including livelihoods and food security)
In addition there will be a session on New Directions in Research to showcase recent PhD research and other new research initiatives on Pacific themes. More information will be available shortly through the SSGM website and you may keep informed by liking or following us or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org!
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.]
Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.
This three-day conference which will explore the environmental, social, cultural, political, economic, and legal impacts of climate change in the Pacific Islands. For more, visit the conference website or contact Katherine Higgins at email@example.com.
Report on the 2012 International Austronesian Conference, Weaving Waves’ Writings: Memories, Stories and Spiritual Resonance in Oceania, Taipei, Taiwan, 27-28 November, 2012
I visited Taiwan for the first time in November 2012 as part of a contingent of Pacific academic and community speakers invited to present papers at the 2012 International Austronesian Conference. This conference was organised by the Taiwan Society for Pacific Studies (TSPS) and the Taipei Ricci Institute and sponsored by The Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP), Taiwan (ROC).
This conference was exceptional for a number of important reasons which signal welcome and promising trends in Pacific scholarship and community-academic collaboration. These trends give me immense hope for the future of Pacific Studies and are worthy of emulation. The conference also opened a window on the incredibly enriching experience that awaits participants in the Pacific History Association conference in Taiwan in 2014.
First and foremost, our Taiwanese hosts were, without exception, friendly and accommodating while still being extremely well organized and efficient. The conference organisers had given a great deal of thought to key themes and to the issue of inclusiveness. While an overriding theme of indigenous spirituality and environmental affinity characterized many of the papers presented, the approach of conference organisers was one of ongoing partnership and dialogue between all participants.
The conference opened with an intelligent and articulate speech by the President of Taiwan, Ma Ying-jeou on Taiwan’s place in the Pacific and the importance of Taiwan’s Austronesian-speaking, indigenous peoples to national interests. President Ma wore an indigenous robe over his suit during the speech, and perhaps more importantly, looked relaxed and at ease in it. Representatives from every nation with diplomatic relations with Taiwan attended the opening ceremony and many stayed on for the remainder of the conference, actively participating and asking astute questions. These included Lewis Moeau, Maori protocol officer for the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Department. Senior Taiwanese government staff did likewise. [Ed: Dr D'Arcy also gave a keynote to this conference. You may watch a video interview with D'Arcy during the conference, or read a copy of his paper on the TSPS conference website. An extended version of his paper will be published in the 2012 conference proceedings.]
An image from the opening of the conference (photo 1), shows the President in a red robe (front, centre) alongside diplomatic heads of mission, with keynote speakers behind them. Paelabang danapan, Minister of the Council of Indigenous Peoples Executive Yuan (of the CIP) was particularly impressive in his comments on a number of sessions (he is pictured to President Ma’s immediate right in photo 1). Academics shared the stage with community activists and keepers of traditional knowledge, and keynotes were divided among these groups. Student presentations figured prominently and I was struck by the confidence and mastery these students brought to their subject matter in front of a very large audience (around 300 people filled the hall for the majority of the conference). Every session was well attended by a diverse audience. More than any conference I have attended as an academic, I felt part of a conversation which was shared with community and government groups and where what was discussed had implications for more than a few academic specialists. Songs, chants and visual media dominated presentations.
The highlight of the conference for me was the awarding of two Life Sustainability Awards to distinguished community activists who had spent a lifetime working to preserve their culture and environment: Lifok Oteng from Taiwan and Papa Mape from Moorea in the eastern Pacific (Papa Mape is the man wearing glasses in the centre of photo 2). I had nominated Papa Mape for the award and was delighted to see his work on marine conservation using traditional lore internationally recognized. A truly humble man, this was his first time out of French Polynesia, and it was fitting that this trip should be to the ancestral homeland of Pacific peoples. Both men gave modest, but engrossing speeches and were flooded with young people coming up to ask questions and have their photos taken with them. Seeing young people treating keepers of traditional knowledge like rock stars left all of us confident about the future.
After the conference the foreign speakers were treated to a tour of tribal homelands in the more tropic south of Taiwan which left us even more enamoured with this stunningly beautiful island and its diverse peoples.
“ECOPAS (European Consortium for Pacific Studies) is a new multidisciplinary project in the social sciences and humanities (SSH) funded by the EU’s 7th Framework Programme (Dec. 2012 – Dec. 2015). It is designed to provide coordination and support to research and policy communities on issues connected to climate change and related processes in the Pacific Islands region, in order to define better options for sustainable development.
ECOPAS aims to restore the human dimension to climate change. The Pacific is notable for the discrepancy between the contribution of its small economies to global climate change, and the severity of climate change effects experienced by its peoples. Linkages developed by ECOPAS between research networks and policy interfaces will contribute to more context-sensitive EU external action, and will set a future research agenda for social science and humanities in the Pacific. ECOPAS is the first-ever network to develop extensive, durable collaboration in the social sciences and humanities between European and Pacific scholarly institutions, as well as between research institutions and local, national and international political agencies. While the emphasis of ECOPAS is on developing a long-term strategy for SSH research on the Pacific, strong links are also forged with climate research in the natural sciences, both at Pacific and European institutions institutions.
Built on seven interrelated and complementary Work Packages, the ECOPAS Work Programme aims to define and strengthen the potential of European research in the Pacific by creating a platform and portal for knowledge exchanges, a long-term plan for capacity building both in Europe and the Pacific, and a strategic plan for Pacific state and non-state involvement. The close involvement of major Pacific institutions, and the linkages with diplomacy and regional organisations developed by ECOPAS, will provide for a process of policy reorientation informed by Pacific perspectives and experiences. ECOPAS participants are four European university centres of excellence on Pacific research, in Norway, France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands (BPS – Bergen, CREDO – Aix-Marseille, CPS – St. Andrews and CPAS – Nijmegen), and two major Pacific institutions of research, education and policy (the University of the South Pacific – Fiji and the National Research Institute – Papua New Guinea).
The ECOPAS web site is at: www.pacific-studies.eu. For further information, contact ECOPAS Coordinator (Professor Edvard Hviding) or ECOPAS Administrator (Ms Eilin Holtan Torgersen) at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
This post reproduced from the latest PaceNET Newsletter.
“The Forum Secretariat is currently coordinating a review of The Pacific Plan, while the MSG Secretariat is coordinating a review of the Melanesian Spearhead Group to chart a way forward for the next twenty five years.
On the surface, it all looks very progressive for regional integration. But look a bit deeper, and what emerges is a Deep Chasm opening up between two groups of Pacific countries, with donors leading one side, and a truculent semi-independent group on the other. The two reviews have fascinating contrasts, with one unfortunate common element so far…”
Read more in the 27 February post to Islands Business by Prof. Warden Narsey.
“As part of the inaugural Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival held 5-27 April 2013 in and around Footscray, curators Léuli Eshraghi and Lia Pa’apa’a are calling for entries in Pasifik Young Artists 2013.
This means all aspiring high school and TAFE-age art and design students 16-22 years living across Victoria from the following archipelagoes and groups:
Australian South Sea Islanders, Aotearoa New Zealand, ‘Avaiki Nui/Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Floranora, Fiji Islands, Guam, Hawai’ian Islands, Kanaky New Caledonia, Kiribati, Mangareva Islands, Marquesas Islands, Maluku/Moluccas, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Niue, Norfolk, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn, Rēkohu/Chatham Islands, Rotuma, Sāmoan Islands, Solomon Islands, Tahiti Nui/Society Islands, Tubuai Islands, Tuamotu Islands, Tonga Islands, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Tokelau, ‘Uvea/Wallis and Futuna, Vanuatu, West Papua, Zenadh-Kes/Torres Strait Islands.
Attached is the Pasifik Young Artists 2013 entry form. In it you’ll find all the relevant information on concept, format, due date of works, gallery location and more. Entries are due 26 March to Colour Box Studio, 236 Nicholson St, Footscray. All enquiries can be directed to email@example.com.”
The Natural Resources Forum, a UN Sustainable Development Journal, has issued a call for papers (deadline 1 April 2013) for a special issue on “Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States (SIDS),” to be published in February 2014.
The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has released their 'International Development Group [IDG] Strategic Plan 2012-2015 – Development that Delivers', which complements and expands on the government’s ‘International Development Policy Statement [pdf]‘. The strategy sets out the vision, mission, areas of focus and results for the government aid program, which IDG administers. There’s a lot to unpack..." [read more].
Lindsay Cameron is a new PhD student in the School of Culture, History and Language. He currently lives in Melbourne and drives to Canberra once a month for campus events and library research. His research topic is “The Convergence of British and American Methodism in the South Pacific.” Dr Vicki Luker is the Chair of his supervisory panel.
Lindsay’s research is particularly relevant to the study of South Pacific history today as it is almost two hundred years since the first Methodist missionary arrived in Australia (1815). From Australia, Methodism spread to New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji and other Islands of the Southwest Pacific. 2015 will mark the beginning of rolling bicentennial celebrations across the Pacific islands and will generate a heightened interest in the work of those early Methodists.
Lindsay is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Methodist Church, a branch of the global Methodist family with its roots in North America (most Methodists in the South Pacific follow a Methodist tradition that is British in origin). In 2012, a new regional conference was formed for the Wesleyan Methodists in the South Pacific, initially incorporating four South Pacific national churches. Some of these churches have British heritage and others have American heritage. The key question being posed by these Methodist communities now is “What factors are still present in Methodism in the South Pacific that have resulted in the abiding identity as Methodists and the ready desire to belong to a wider Methodist affiliation?”
“The Pacific Plan is the master strategy for regional integration and coordination in the Pacific. Building on the Leaders’ Vision, it is a high-level framework that guides the work of national governments, regional agencies and development partners in support of the aspirations of Forum island countries and our people. The Plan was endorsed by Leaders at their meeting in Port Moresby in October 2005.”
Submissions to the 2013 review of the Pacific Plan are invited until 15 May 2013. You may make a submission on the Pacific Islands Forum website. A number of submissions have now been made to the review, including those by Prof. Peter Larmour and Tony Hughes which are featured on the Devpolicy.org blog.
UN climate change negotiations: The role and influence of the Alliance of Small Island States (report)
The Pacific Institute and Climate Change Institute at the ANU were privileged to host a public lecture on 19 February by Her Excellency Ms Marlene Inemwin Moses (pictured left), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Nauru to the United Nations and Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AoSIS). Ambassador Moses was welcomed to the ANU by Assoc. Prof. Colin Filer, Co-Convenor of the ANU’s Pacific Institute and by Mr Gregory Andrews, Assistant Secretary, Finance, Forests and Development Branch, International Division of the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. The event was the first public lecture to be held in the new Barton Theatre at the ANU.
Ambassador Moses began with a brief history of AoSIS (founded 1990) and a description of the central role of AoSIS in UN climate change negotiations, making special mention of the fact that “the first UN proposal calling for a multilateral approach to tackling the dilemma, what would eventually become the Kyoto Protocol, was drafted by Nauru and submitted [by AoSIS] under the chairmanship of Trinidad and Tobago in 1994.” She then proceeded to elaborate on the controversial new climate change initiative supported by AoSIS – the Loss and Damage provisions – put on the agenda at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNCCC) in Doha in November last year.
Ambassador Moses presented an eloquent and impassioned case for the need to include loss and damage provisions in the ongoing climate change negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC). In her presentation, she detailed AoSIS’s three-part plan:
- “The first component recognizes that managing climate impacts demands acquiring baseline historical information about weather hazards and quantified assessments of a variety of new risks. The data should be used to guide the development and implementation of country-specific measures that reduce exposure to climate impacts in the first place.
- The second part resembles insurance systems commonly found in the developed world and would cover countries for costs associated with sudden climate impacts, such as tropical storms, hurricanes, floods, and droughts. This is particularly relevant for small islands because our populations tend to be concentrated in highly vulnerable coastal zones. What’s more, the elevated risks we face often make the cost of insurance premiums prohibitive, if coverage is available at all.
- Finally, the plan calls for the creation of an international solidarity fund that would compensate countries for economic and non-economic losses stemming from slow-onset climate impacts, such as sea-level rise, ocean acidification, coral bleaching, saltwater intrusion and desertification. This could include lost revenue to the tourism and fishing industries, cultural impacts, and, in the worse case, the cost of relocation should islands become uninhabitable.”
Ambassador Moses was emphatic about the need for all nations to engage on the issue of dangerous climate change, noting that for some Pacific countries it was not merely a concern, or a challenge for development, but an existential threat to communities, their lands, and their cultures. She made special mention of Kiribati and Tuvalu, which faces the paradoxical threat of a lack of water (through sustained drought) and rising sea-levels. Yet while the threat of dangerous climate change is profound in the Pacific, Moses noted that this problem is shared by many states and gave poignant examples of recent climate-related disasters around the world. This, she said, is the reason the 40 nations of the Alliance of Small Island States are united with the Least Developed Countries (LDC), the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) and the G77/China in their call for the inclusion of Loss and Damages provisions in the UNFCCC.
On the key question of the efficacy of climate change negotiations to date, Ambassador Moses was similarly resolute. She observed that “perhaps purposefully, the climate negotiations have become very much divorced from the decision-makers in capitals around the world who at the end of the day have to choose to solve this problem or not.” She also noted that in scientific and policy arenas and in the negotiations themselves, “complexity is too often used to disguise a lack of progress.” She expressed her profound concern that “fossil fuel interests hold undue influence in the capitals of the world” and belief that climate change is a “global problem that needs a global solution provided by global leaders….” stating that “if they believe it is a crisis, they need to go in to crisis mode. When there was a financial crisis, they moved into crisis mode – Well, my goodness, this is a crisis. That’s the way I feel about this situation… There has to be a revolution in the Climate Change Convention if we really want to make a difference.” On this issue, she did express optimism at recent comments by President Obama about climate change and her opinion that “we are closer to real action on climate from the United States than ever before.”
In a wide-ranging question and answer session that lasted half an hour, Ambassador Moses addressed some of the central issues related to the Loss and Damages provisions put forward at Doha. She also discussed the recent successes of Nauru (in its role as Chair of the Pacific Island States) at the recent Rio+20 Conference, where it helped ensure that the “blue economy”, climate change and key interests of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) were written into the final conference document, The Future We Want (United Nations General Assembly Resolution 66/288).
In conclusion, Ambassador Moses again stressed the need for greater recognition of the fundamental link between climate change and sustainable development – that states could not hope to meet their Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) or other aspirations when faced with threats posed to their very survival by climate change. “It was the Pacific island states that took the issue of climate change to the Security Council. We were told it could not be discussed there… but the Pacific was adamant and said it was an existential threat and that it had to be discussed there.” Although Nauru currently Chairs AoSIS, Moses also emphasised the need for climate change to be discussed widely in diverse fora and her belief that it was critically important such conversations not remain the preserve of the UNFCCC. This point resonated with the invitation she extended at the start of her lecture to all Pacific island students in the room, “to elevate our region’s engagement with the international community” and her hope that “our conversation today helps encourage you to become more involved in public service — whether at home or abroad.”
Ambassador Moses visit to Australia was sponsored by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. A copy of the paper she presented at the ANU is available through the AoSIS website.
In his latest post to Lowy's Interpreter, Professor Wadan Narsey offers his thoughts on Jonathan Schultz's recently completed PhD thesis, Overseeing and Overlooking: Australian Engagement with the Pacific Islands 1988-2007 (a full-text version is now available online through the University of Melbourne's Digital Repository).
by Assoc. Prof. Chris Ballard, Pacific History, ANU.
Karina Taylor, the archivist for the ANU’s Pacific Research Archives (PRA) since its inception in February 2007, is leaving us for an exciting position at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington, New Zealand. The Pacific Research Archives is housed within the ANU Archives at the Menzies Library, and has already assembled a substantial collection of research materials on the Pacific, in addition to the major foundation collections of Burns Philp and CSR Ltd. The University Archivist, Maggie Shapley, has already indicated that the Pacific Research Archivist position will be retained and filled as quickly as possible.
During the past six years Karina has collected, arranged and described the papers of some 40 ANU Pacific scholars (including those of geographer Gerard Ward, linguist Stephen Wurm, anthropologist Marie Reay, and historian Brij Lal); significant collections from a further 15 individuals (including early British Solomons administrator C.M. Woodford, and dietitian Nancy Hitchcock); and the archives of about 10 different ANU departments and centres (including Pacific and Asian History, Linguistics, and Human Geography).
Karina has developed an impressive array of public interfaces for the archive, establishing a web-presence for the PRA (pacificarchives.anu.edu.au), producing brochures, delivering seminars and tutorials to graduate and undergraduate students, and mounting three exhibitions (CSR in Fiji; Pacific Health Programs, and For the People: Pacific Resources). She has also provided archival training to colleagues at the University of Papua New Guinea (pictured left with staff from UPNG’s Library), and presented aspects of her archival work and the collection at a string of major international conferences.
The full extent of Karina’s legacy will be evident in mid-2013, when lists of the collections of the Pacific Research Archives will be available on the new ANU Archives online database. Pacific scholars at the ANU and beyond are indebted to Karina for her achievements, and to the ANU Archives for its continued support for Pacific studies at the ANU. We wish Karina, Brent and Micah all the best for their move and their re-establishment as Kiwis, and we fully expect to maintain our ties with them in the future.
Preparatory Meeting for Pacific Indigenous Peoples on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014
Call for Papers – deadline, 1st March 2013 (event 19-23 March 2013 in Sydney).
More info at https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/56983.
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).
Public Lecture: UN climate change negotiations – The role and influence of the Alliance of Small Island States
Her Excellency Ms Marlene Inemwin Moses, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Nauru to the United Nations and Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).
This event is co-hosted by the ANU Climate Change Institute, the ANU Pacific Institute and the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.
A new online tool is available that can help researchers with an interest in linguistics. The World Phonotactics database (http://phonotactics.anu.edu.au) allows users to investigate typological features in over 3000 languages from around the world. This database has been assembled by Mark Donohue and a team of dedicated research assistants at the ANU.
The Pacific is heavily represented in this database, with over 1300 languages coded. This reflects the fact that the Pacific is the global leader for linguistic diversity as well as the wealth of data about Pacific languages that has been accumulated at the ANU over the past five decades.
We invite researchers to make use of this beta version of the database, and to offer suggestions for other kinds of data (esp. social and historical) that could be coded up and so made available for further research and comparative studies.
Australia needs to change its view on some of its nearest neighbours and see them as a realm of opportunity instead of risk, says Associate Professor Sinclair Dinnen from the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia program at the ANU. “The South Pacific should be seen as an ‘arc of opportunity’ rather than ‘an arc of instability’ which threatens Australian’s security and is an aid burden.” For more, read CAP news or listen to “Rethinking the South Pacific“, a Saturday Extra interview with Sinclair on Radio National.
"The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) is a very important organisation. It is the only aid agency in Australia which has legislative backing, something that the much bigger AusAID lacks. More importantly... it is one of the largest funders of agricultural research for development in the world." Read a submission to the ACIAR Review by the Development Policy Centre at the ANU.
The Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Project pilot is now in the pipeline [read more].
Small isn’t always beautiful: how smallness undermines public financial management in the Pacific and what to do about it
"Much attention is currently being paid to public financial management (PFM) in Pacific Island Countries (PICs).... but PFM reform is an arcane field, in which there is surprisingly little agreement as to appropriate models and the relative priorities of reform efforts. While PICs are often considered to have “weak” PFM systems, there is little analysis of how their systems differ from those in other developing countries. Few explanations for weakness have been presented beyond vague appeals to 'culture' or 'governance'" [read more].
The UNDP is looking for an implementing partner (International Non-Governmental Organisation) for the Pacific Resilience Programme, based in Fiji [read more].
Conference: The South Pacific Agenda for Survival and Growth: A Framework for Coordinated Participation of Asian Donors?
11-13 December 2012, Port Vila, Vanuatu.
“The New Zealand Asia Institute of the University of Auckland has partnered with the Pacific Institute of Public Policy to host guest speakers and academics from the Pacific, New Zealand, China, Japan, Taiwan, Australia and United States (Hawaii)… A selection of academics will present papers on issues ranging from Chinese foreign aid in the South Pacific to the strategic priorities of the US in the Asia Pacific Region. Guest speakers will offer regional perspectives on foreign assistance from Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Tuvalu…” [read more].