- 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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"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.
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 email@example.com). James will work closely with Prof. Matthew Spriggs, among others, while at the ANU.
"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].
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…)
"The Samoan economy has cooled down a lot in the last three years. It made major strides in the early part of the 2000s and then the Global Financial Crisis happened, and we also had the tsunami in 2009. Those are the two key events that have really given a huge shock to the economy in Samoa..." [read more].
A summary of the presentation by Siosi C. Mafi, Governor of the National Reserve Bank of Tonga to the 2012 Pacific Update (powerpoint slides and video also available).
27-28 October 2012, Coombs Extension Building Room 1.04, ANU.
Hosted by Linguistics, School of Culture, History and Language, ANU
[Program and abstracts for workshop].
An understanding of grammatical change in language provides a window to understanding broader issues relating to language and society, including the linguistic outcomes of social and cultural interaction, the areal distribution of linguistic structures and the social and cognitive motivations of linguistic change. Much of the previous research on grammatical change in the Pacific tends to focus on specific changes within particular regions and/or language groups. This has resulted in careful analyses of grammatical change that have greatly expanded our understanding of the history of Pacific languages.
This workshop is a unique opportunity to focus on this research from a new perspective: to begin to compare findings from individual studies and discover what these Pacific case studies contribute to general theories of grammatical change. That is, are there common trends or striking patterns of divergence in grammatical change across the Pacific that warrant explanation? And how does broadening the empirical basis of our understanding of grammatical change to incorporate Pacific case studies alter our general view of it?
School of Media and Communication, RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia)
Application deadline: 31 October 2012. (more…)
Track the progress of research vessel M/Y Golden Shadow as it moves west through the Pacific islands from French Polynesia to the Indonesian archipelago (website features interactive maps, blogs, photos and the research aims and objectives of the expedition).
The 19th annual conference of the New Zealand Studies Association, together with the Centre for Pacific and Asian Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
The New Zealand Studies Association (NZSA) has a long and strong history in promoting New Zealand Studies. Building on the success of the 2006 conference in Paris, the 2008 conference in Florence, the 2009 conference in Frankfurt, and the 2012 conference in Gdansk, the 2013 gathering of the NZSA will be located at Radboud University, Nijmegen. This very special conference will be held in the Netherland’s oldest city, easily connected to Amsterdam, and near the banks of the Waal river. On the Friday, there will be a special excursion, followed by a conference dinner.
Keynote speakers include: Professor Michael Belgrave, Professor Tom Brooking, Professor Marc Delrez, Professor Witi Ihimaera, Professor Toon van Meijl, Assoc. Professor Damon Salesa, Professor Philippa Mein Smith, Assoc. Professor Makere Stewart-Harawira, Vincent Ward.
Proposals for 20 minute papers must be sent by 12 January to Ian Conrich (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Toon van Meijl (email@example.com). The conference will consider all papers that address issues within one of the four following strands:
- New Zealand as a South Pacific nation
- New Zealand in relation to any of the South Pacific countries (Polynesia, Australia, and beyond),
- Maori Studies,
- The South Pacific (with papers accepted on any of the islands and any aspect of the region, but with a priority given to Polynesia).
Definitions within these parameters are broad, with the first strand, for instance, covering much of New Zealand Studies and welcoming any papers on New Zealand as a country positioned within the South Pacific, or as a nation with a South Pacific identity. The conference fee will include annual membership to the NZSA, which for 2013 includes a twice-yearly journal, and one book each from the New Zealand Film Classics and the New Zealand Writers series of monographs. Papers from the conference will be published in the refereed Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies, published by Intellect.
The conference will accept proposals on a range of subjects including the following: literature, history, film, music, art, cultural studies, sociology, geography, tourism, war studies, politics, international relations, identity and multiculturalism, anthropology, Maori Studies, Pacific Studies, archaeology and museum studies.
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 Pacific Centre for Environment & Sustainable Development (PACE-SD), as part of the AusAID funded Future Climate Leaders Project, is organising a community engagement workshop on climate change in Nuku’alofa, Tonga (for the Polynesian Region) from 6-17 August 2012.
Interested participants from Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands, Tuvalu, Niue and Tokelau (including those working for Government, NGOs, Community Leaders and other stakeholders, as well as those from outer islands) will be selected for the workshop. Travel, board and lodging will be provided to participants by the organisers.
Please submit your application (CV including work experience, a statement on the purpose of your interest and future career gains) by 23rd July, 2012 to: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. For more information, download the Participation Registration Form and workshop announcement.