This international conference explores innovative social,
cultural, and political responses to global processes in Oceania. Speakers
will discuss viable local alteratives to the institutions and practices
commonly advocated in development discourse but difficult to implement
in Pacific settings. There will be a particular focus on expanding
perceptions of cultural heritage in Pacific societies, and how this
awareness intersects with local political forms emerging in response
to the challenges of global political economy. Pacific Alternatives features
situations from many parts of Oceania, with some emphasis on Solomon
Islands and Vanuatu.
The Pacific Alternatives conference is a milestone
event in an ongoing research and educational project of the same name
coordinated by the Bergen Pacific Studies group at the University of
Bergen, Norway, in collaboration with institutional partners at the
University of Hawai'i, East-West Center, Solomon Islands National Museums,
Vanuatu Cultural Center, British Museum, University College London,
James Cook University, New York University, and University of Tulsa.
The conference is cosponsored by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies
and Department of Anthropology, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa; East-West
Center's Pacific Islands Development Program and the Department of
Social Anthropology, University of Bergen.
For further information about the conference contact
Terence Wesley-Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Tisha Hickson (email@example.com),
or Edvard Hviding (Edvard.Hviding@sosantr.uib.no).
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