this month at the center

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Event:  Edvard Hviding (University of Bergen), “Climate Change, Oceanic Sovereignties and Maritime Economies in the Pacific”

Dates:  Monday, February 13, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Description:In the 21st century, Pacific views of the great ocean as generative and supportive of regionally specific ways of human existence are challenged as the tables are turned: for the islanders of Oceania at large, oncoming effects of global climate change are transforming the life-giving ocean into a threat. As the warming, acidification and rising of the sea erode coral reefs and coastal zones throughout Oceania, and as new patterns of extreme weather become regular, low-lying atoll nations of the central Pacific may be destined for an unprecedented political situation with the permanent, part or total flooding of the atolls. New initiatives in the law of sovereignty and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea may be expected, along with appeals to climate change justice from the Pacific Islands.ʻ Edvard Hviding is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, and the founding director of the Bergen Pacific Studies Research Group. During 2012-15 Hviding was the scientific coordinator of the European Consortium for Pacific Studies (ECOPAS, funded by the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme and 6 participating institutions).  See the flyer for more information.

Sponsors: The Oceanic Anthropologies speaker series is focused on increasing awareness and visibility of contemporary anthropological research in the Pacific Islands and is co-sponsored by the Pacific Islands Development Program, and the Department of Anthropology and Center for Pacific Islands Studies.


Event:   New Caledonia Roundtable with Isabelle Leblic (Sorbonne University), Pierre-Yves Le Meur (University of Montpellier), and Tate LeFevre (Franklin & Marshall College)

Dates:  Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Description: David Chappell is Professor of Pacific History in the UHM History Department and has been studying and writing about (Kanaky) New Caledonia for thirty years. Isabelle Leblic is Directeur de Recherche (LACITO, CNRS, Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, INCALCO) and has worked on diverse topics touching on Kanak language, culture, and society from issues of traditional ecological knowledge and practices, to social structure and adoption, to the politics of sovereignty in the wake of the Noumea Accords. Tate A. LeFevre is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Franklin & Marshall College. Her recent research considers how young people imagine indigenous identity and stake cultural and political claims on the future in New Caledonia as a French settler colony in the South Pacific. Pierre-Yves Le Meur is an anthropologist, research director at IRD (French Research Institute for Development), member of the GRED research unit (Governance Risk Environment Development), Montpellier. He has been working extensively on the politics of resources and belongings in New Caledonia, and especially on the links between mining, sovereignty, and the value of place. See the flyer for more information.

Sponsors:  The Oceanic Anthropologies speaker series is focused on increasing awareness and visibility of contemporary anthropological research in the Pacific Islands and is co-sponsored by the Pacific Islands Development Program, and the Department of Anthropology and Center for Pacific Islands Studies.


 

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