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Transnations in Oceania

September 3, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Sakamaki A201

Dr. David Chappell, Associate Professor of Pacific and World History, will present "Transnations in Oceania: Colonial States and Indigenous Identities" on Friday, September 3rd, at 2:30 pm in Sakamaki A201.

Transnations, like nations (or ethnies) and states (or polities), have existed since ancient times, often through conquest or migration and cultural diffusion.

Today, accelerating globalization is creating more of them, even as "nation-states" have become the modern model for political sovereignty. In Oceania, if we use language as one marker, there are over 1000 possible indigenous nations, yet transnational outsider colonialism has demarcated only two dozen countries, often with foreign names. Some peoples are partitioned, others pushed into multi-ethnic transnations without having a voice, while still others have expanded beyond the limits of the colonial borders in diasporas with varying forms of political consciousness.

Regionalism is another variant of transnationalism, which can be both hegemonic and counter-hegemonic. After an overview, this presentation will focus on the issue of choosing a flag for Kanaky New Caledonia, which opens up several angles of reflection.

Dr. Chappell's talk kicks of the new History Forum series, "De-Centering the Nation State: Historical Methodology within a Pacific Geography."

Event Sponsor
Deaprtment of History and Center for Pacific Island Studies, Mānoa Campus

More Information
Suzanna Reiss and Matt Romaniello, 956-7407,, Transnations in Oceania (PDF)

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