Engendering Climate Change in Oceania: Fatalism, Resilience and Resistance

January 21, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Mānoa Campus, George 227 Add to Calendar

Oceania is said to have contributed the least and suffered the most from climate change. Pacific women, and especially those living on low lying atolls, have often been portrayed as the most vulnerable to the disastrous consequences of climate change. While not negating the gravity of present realities and future scenarios, how can we move beyond the pervasive fatalism of foreign framings and the seemingly opposed evocations of ‘resilience’?

The moniker of the Pacific Climate Warriors 350.org ‘We are not drowning, we are fighting’ evokes a contrary trope of resistance and resonates with Oceanic activism in politics and the creative arts. Professor Margaret Jolly explores how tracing such a genealogy of resistance might start with a greater respect for Indigenous knowledges and embodied practices in contemporary understandings of ‘climate cultures’ in Oceania which do not routinely distinguish between natural and human history.

Margaret Jolly (FASSA) was an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow 2010–2016. She is a Professor in the School of Culture, History and Language in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University and the Convenor of the Gender Institute at the ANU from mid 2016-mid 2019. She has taught at Macquarie University in Sydney, the University of Hawai’i and the University of California, Santa Cruz and has been a visiting scholar in Anthropology in Cambridge University and at Centre de recherche et documentation sur l’Océanie (CREDO) in Marseille.

In 2009 she held a Poste Rouge with the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) in France. She is a transdisciplinary scholar who has written extensively on gender in the Pacific, on exploratory voyages and travel writing, missions and contemporary Christianity, maternity and sexuality, cinema and art. She is presently focused on issues of gender and climate change in the Pacific.

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Ethnic Studies, Mānoa Campus

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Ty Tengan, 9568086, ttengan@hawaii.edu

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