No. 1 April-June 2004

 

CONTENTS

Culture Moves! - Center's Conference in 2005

Neil Ieremia Welcomed as Visiting Distinguished Artist

Samoan Scholars Selected for 2004-2005

Pacific Summer Courses at UHM

Samoan Summer Language Conferences

An Evening of Pacific Music and Dance

Visitors to the Center

Occasional Seminars and Presentations

Faculty Activities

Student and Alumni Activities

Publications, Moving Images, CDs

Conferences and Festivals

 

Culture Moves! - Center's Conference in 2005

The 2005 Center for Pacific Islands Studies conference, Culture Moves! Dance in Oceania from Hiva to Hip Hop, has been confirmed for 9-12 November at the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. It will be cosponsored and organized by Pacific Studies at Victoria University of Wellington in conjunction with the museum. The gathering will encompass traditional, contemporary, and hip hop dance and include three nights and one day of performances by professional, high school, and community groups, as well as individuals. During the day there will be discussion sessions on the history, choreography, music, contexts, politics, and documenting of dance in Oceania, as well as performance workshops. The Pacific collection at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa will host a costume exhibition.

 

For general enquiries, please contact Katerina Teaiwa at teaiwa@hawaii.edu or April Henderson at April.Henderson@vuw.ac.nz. For enquiries on documenting the dance and the associated exhibition, please contact Sean Mallon at seanm@tepapa.govt.nz . Further news on the conference will be posted on a forthcoming page on the center's website, http://www.hawaii.edu/cpis.


NEIL IEREMIA WELCOMED AS VISITING DISTINGUISHED ARTIST

Katerina Teaiwa, Ty Tengan, Louise Pagotto, Neil Ieremia, and Erin Weston at Kapi‘olani Community College.

Neil Ieremia, CEO, artistic director, and founder of Black Grace Dance Company, in Auckland, New Zealand, was in residence at the University of Hawai'i during the first week of April 2004, as the center's second distinguished visiting artist. Helping us lay the groundwork for the 2005 "Culture Moves!" conference on Pacific dance, Ieremia inspired audiences with images of Black Grace's powerful performances and examples of his choreography, which draws in part on his Samoan heritage. Using his skills as a consummate teacher and storyteller, he led UH Mānoa dance students in a master class and discussed his own experiences as a young dancer, his work with young people, and his vision of creating a permanent company that would bring together the best Māori and Pacific Islander male dancers in New Zealand. His presentations were entitled "Pacific Contemporary Dance in New Zealand," and "Choreographing for Black Grace." Dance followers on the US east coast can see Black Grace in performance at world-renowned Jacob's Pillow, in Lenox, Massachusetts, 12-15 August 2004. See http://www.jacobspillow.org/.

 

The visiting artist program is made possible by the center's US Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant. Ieremia's presentations were arranged with the support of the Theatre and Dance Department, the English Department, the Anthropology Department, International Cultural Studies, and the Humanities Division at Kapi'olani Community College.


SAMOAN SCHOLARS SELECTED FOR 2004-2005

Mehealani Luafalemana and Jennah-Keri Tulafale, seniors at Moloka'i High School; Tolua Samifua, currently studying at Leeward Community College; and Vaialofi Samifua, a senior at Radford High School, are the latest beneficiaries of the Samoan Scholarship Fund at the UH Foundation. The fund was established in 2002 with strong support from the Student Equity, Excellence, and Diversity (SEED) program at UH Mānoa and a $10,000 contribution from the Samoan community. Robert Franco, Director of Planning and Grants at Kapi'olani Community College (KCC), and Loia Fiaui, Director of "Friends of Samoa" and a local television producer and host, administer the scholarship. Joining them on the selection committee were Iosefa Suafai, a student at KCC and recipient of KCC's 2004 Chancellor's Award for College Service, and Jacinta Galeai, a doctoral candidate in English at UH Mānoa.

 

The committee is seeking additional funding and donations for the scholarship program, including matching grant opportunities. Contributions, which are tax deductible, can be sent to Samoan Scholarship Fund, Attn: Bob Franco, Kapi'olani Community College, Ilima 203, 4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816. For more information, contact Franco at bfranco@hawaii.edu .


PACIFIC SUMMER COURSES AT UHM

Students seeking to learn about the Pacific have several opportunities at UH Mānoa during its two summer sessions, 24 May-2 July and 6 July-13 August. In addition to anthropological field schools in Tonga, Hawai'i, and Rapa Nui, credit courses being offered include Polynesian Cultures, Pacific Island Cultures, Land Tenure and Use in Hawai'i, Hawai'i and the Pacific, Geography of the Pacific, Elementary and Intermediate Hawaiian Language, Pacific Islands History, Hawai'i: Center of the Pacific, Tahitian Ensemble, and Hula/Chant Ensemble I and II. For information, see the summer session website at http://www.summer.hawaii.edu. For information on the field schools, see the field schools' website at www.fieldschools.org.


SAMOAN SUMMER LANGUAGE CONFERENCES

The UH Samoan Language Program is hosting two international conferences during July, with support from the UHM National Foreign Language Resource Center and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies. The twelfth annual conference of the Association of Samoan Language Educators of New Zealand (FAGASA) will be held on July 5-8 2004. The conference theme is "Language Opens Opportunities to Success." Educators from New Zealand, American Samoa, Samoa, California, and Hawai'i will address various aspects of Samoan language teaching. For more information visit FAGASA's website at http://sites.tki.org.nz/samoa/.

 

Following the FAGASA conference on 9-10 July, the fifth annual meeting of the International Samoan Language Commission (Faleula o Fatuaiupu o le Gagana Sāmoa). The 40 commission members come from five geographic regions that include New Zealand, American Sāmoa, Sāmoa, California, and Hawai'i. They include representatives of departments of education, church leaders, community leaders, and faculty from all of the tertiary-level Samoan language programs in the Pacific region (National University of Sāmoa, Amosa University of Sāmoa, American Sāmoa Community College, Victoria University-Wellington, University of Auckland, Brigham Young University-Hawai'i, and the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa). The commission is an international forum for the discussion of issues related to the promotion and preservation of the Samoan language and language planning issues. The current president is Aumua Mataitusi Simanu of the University of Hawai'i. The secretariat for the commission is located at the American Sāmoa Community College. For more information about the commission or the meeting visit the American Sāmoa Community College website at http://www.ascc.as/slc.htm. The NFLRC website at http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/nflrc_home.cfm has information on both conferences.


AN EVENING OF PACIFIC MUSIC AND DANCE

The University of Hawai'i and the Honolulu community were treated, on 3 April, to the first music department presentation devoted solely to Pacific music and dance. Featured in the program were two ethnomusicology ensembles-the Tahitian Ensemble, under the direction of Jane Moulin, which performed Tahitian and Marquesan dances, and the Samoan Ensemble, under the direction of Kuki M Tuiasosopo. The ethnomusicology ensembles are supported in part by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies through its Title VI National Resource Center grant.

 

Also performing were the Fealofani O Sāmoa Club (Tarrant Togia'i, president) and Hawaiian music and dance performers Ashlynne Jingao, Alika Young, Aaron SalĀ, and Snowbird Bento. The evening was part of the Music at Mānoa 2003-2004 Concert Series. It was a great evening to enjoy and explore similarities and contrasts in Polynesian dance forms.

 


 

VISITORS TO THE CENTER

Among the visitors to the center during the period January through March 2004 were

 

      Linda Barwick, Department of Music, University of Sydney

 

      Susan Cassels, Office of Population Research, Princeton University

 

      Mariana Dereas, Social Studies Division, College of Micronesia-FSM

 

      Doug Herman, Department of Geography, Towson State University

 

      Edvard Hviding, Department of Anthropology, University of Bergen

 

      Neil Ieremia, Director and Choreographer, Black Grace Dance Company

 

      Samantha Magick, Managing Editor, Pacific Magazine

 

      Brett Mattei, Deputy Chief of Mission, United States Embassy, Republic of the Marshall Islands

 

      Sue Rosoff, Marshallese Cultural Center, Kwajalein, Republic of the Marshall Islands

 

      Floyd Takeuchi, President and Chief Operating Officer, AIO Group

 

      Carlyn Tani, Executive Director, Pacific Islanders in Communication

 

      Konai Thaman, Pro Vice Chancellor, University of the South Pacific

 

      Pulefaasisina P. Tuiasosopo, Director, Samoan and Pacific Studies, American Sāmoa Community College

 

      Barbara Walker, National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, University of California at Santa Barbara

 

      Raymond Young, The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand


OCCASIONAL SEMINARS AND PRESENTATIONS

"Beyond the State, 2003: The Christian Fellowship Church in Western Solomons Political Economy" was the title of Edvard Hviding's talk on 22 January. Hviding, Professor and Head of the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, Norway, discussed the Christian Fellowship Church and its involvement in large-scale development initiatives. The talk was cosponsored by the Department of Anthropology.

 

Sue Rosoff, of the Marshallese Cultural Center on Kwajalein, Republic of the Marshall Islands, gave an illustrated talk, "Images from the deBrum Collection: The Marshall Islands, 1890-1920," on 9 February. Marshall Islander Joachim deBrum documented life in the Marshalls in over 2,500 images, which currently exist on glass plates. Rosoff is heading up a project to do high-resolution digital scans of each plate and put the images on cds. She showed a selection of the photos and discussed the digitization process. The seminar was cosponsored by the EWC Pacific Islands Development Program.

 

"What's Eaten You? Transposing Colonial Anxieties on Tigers" was Monica Ghosh's talk on 12 February. Ghosh, who is Director of the Center for South Asian Studies at UH Mānoa, argued that British anxiety over cannibalism became transposed in India onto tigers and was strategically developed to establish and reinforce British colonial authority on the subcontinent.

 

A 13 February talk, "Hina's Fish and the Tu'i Ha'agana of Tonga: From Sāmoawith Love," by CPIS affiliate faculty member and assistant professor of anthropology Heather Young Leslie, explored the relevance of beauty and lust as explication for Polynesian voyages. The Department of Anthropology and the Women's Studies Program cosponsored Young Leslie's talk.

 

Patrick Cerf, an obstetrician and gynecologist and a doctoral student at the University of French Polynesia, gave a talk, "Tahitian Vahine: From Matriarchy to Domestic Violence," on 19 February. Cerf examined the disjuncture between representations of Tahitian women as dominant and the widespread violence against women in Tahiti. He addressed the implications this apparent paradox has for articulating a coherent profeminist agenda.

 

Former CPIS student Puakea Nogelmeier (MA, 1989) gave a talk on 11 March entitled "The Hawaiian Canon of Research: Problems in Reflection." Nogelmeier, who has a doctorate in anthropology and teaches Hawaiian in the UHM Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, pointed out the problems inherent in relying on a small number of canon texts in Hawaiian research. He also discussed the possibilities for research that are being opened up by the digitization of Hawaiian newspapers and their incorporation into searchable databases. His talk was cosponsored by the Department of Anthropology.

 

Award-winning Māori performing artist Wetini Mitai gave a lecture demonstration on 30 March, titled "Māori Performing Arts and Māori Weaponry." His presentation, in which he explained the cultural practices surrounding Māori weaponry, demonstrated weaponry, and answered questions on Māori cultural practices, was arranged by CPIS affiliate faculty member and Māori assistant professor Rapata Wiri. Mitai's appearance was cosponsored by the President's Diversity and Equity Initiative and the Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures.

 

Throughout the spring semester, the center was a cosponsor of Islands of Globalization: A Pacific-Caribbean Film Series, which was part of a larger, Ford Foundation-supported, Islands of Globalization project of the EWC Pacific Islands Development Program and the center. The films, which looked at the impact of globalization on Pacific and Caribbean communities and peoples, included Life and Debt; Landscape and Memory: Martinican Land-People-History; Ancestors in the Americas: Coolies, Sailors, Settlers; Cannibal Tours; The Best of Laughing with Samoans; Cowboy and Maria in Town; Sugar Cane Alley; Kilim Taem; Black Harvest; Living on Islands; Home on the Range; Sugar Slaves: The History of Australia's Slave Trade; Peter Tosh-Stepping Razor: Red X; and The Harder They Come.


FACULTY ACTIVITIES

Vilsoni Hereniko's film, The Land Has Eyes, the first feature film made by a filmmaker indigenous to Fiji, was premiered in Hawai'i at a sold-out performance on 8 April at the Hawai'i International Film Festival's spring festival. The showing was preceded by a reception, hosted by Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) in association with HIFF and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies. At the receiption, Vili and his wife and co-producer Jeannette Paulson Hereniko thanked their friends and colleagues for their generous support.

 

Jon Kamakawiwo'ole Osorio is the new director of UH Mānoa's Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies. Jon has taught at the center since 1992 and is well known as a writer, teacher, and musician. He will serve as director for four years.

 

Katerina Teaiwa, an assistant professor at the center, gave a talk at UH Hilo in February. Her talk, "Between Our Islands We Dance: A Cinematic Approach to Culture in Oceania," featured video footage of dance and cultural performances.

 

Jane Moulin, director of the ethnomusicology program, has an article, "Words of Tomorrow: 'Spectacle' and the Festival of Pacific Arts," appearing in Pacific Arts (25). She was invited to the Nara University of Education, in Japan, in March, where she delivered a speech on international exchange in the arts and did a half-day workshop on Tahitian dance for the students. With support from the Center for Pacific Islands Studies and the UH Research Relations Funds, she will be documenting the Festival of Arts in Palau in July 2004.

 

David Chappell, associate professor in the History Department, has articles coming out in Journal de la Société des Océanistes (on New Caledonia) and Comparative Studies in Society and History (on the recent "Africanization of the Pacific" discourse).

 

Center editor Jan Rensel, who has also been secretary-treasurer of the Association for Social Anthropology (ASAO) since 1996, attended the ASAO annual meeting in Salem, Massachusetts, 24-28 February 2004. Alan Howard, professor emeritus, UH anthropology, also attended the meeting, co-chairing and presenting a paper in a working session entitled "Conceptions of Social Relationships in Pacific Societies."

 

Heather Young Leslie, Department of Anthropology, and Karen Peacock, Lynette Furuhashi, Jane Barnwell, and Dore Minatodoni, all from Hamilton Library, also attended the ASAO meeting. Young Leslie gave a paper entitled "Hina's Fish & the Tu'i Ha'angana of Tonga: From Sāmoa with Love." Barnwell organized a session titled "Pacific Web Sites: Archiving Issues and Challenges." The session looked at approaches to archiving web sites that have been implemented and others that are being explored. Minatodani provided an overview of systematic efforts underway at the Hawaiian Collection, University of Hawai'i Library.

 

Murray Chapman, professor emeritus of geography and population studies, spent seven weeks in Solomon Islands and Fiji at the end of 2003. His work at Solomon Islands College of Higher Education (SICHE), under the leadership of Gordon Nanau, its principal research officer, was to revive the culture of applied research among local staff and featured three half-day workshops on thirty years of field enquiries on the Guadalcanal Weather Coast.

 

During November, Chapman also worked on the final phase of a population anthology, in collaboration with Dr Kesaia Seniloli, coordinator of the University of the South Pacific's program in population studies. A paperback of eight essays, Population Issues in the Pacific features the work of young island scholars from Chuuk (Joakim Peter), Papua New Guinea (Alfred Faiteli, Henry Ivarature), Sāmoa (Asenati Liki), Solomon Islands (Nicholas Gahahe), and Aotearoa and Fiji (Raymond Young). Funded by United Nations Population Fund South Pacific, it will appear in mid 2004 and be distributed throughout Oceania to libraries; secondary and tertiary institutions; diplomatic, regional, and international missions; and specialists in island populations. A recent piece by Yvonne Underhill-Sem, in Geojournal 59, celebrated Murray Chapman's strong influence among Asia-Pacific scholars studying population.


STUDENT AND ALUMNI ACTIVITIES

Congratulations to Susan Kapulani Antonio, Kerry Ann Crouch, and Noelani Lee, who were awarded MAs in Pacific Islands Studies in December 2003. Antonio's thesis is titled "Stolen Identity: Defining 'Aihue from a Hawaiian Perspective." She is currently teaching Hawaiian language and Hawaiian studies for Maui Community College and for UH Hilo. Crouch's thesis is titled "I Ka Hana Ka 'Ike: Environmental Field Studies in Hawai'i." She is working on Kaua'i for a non-profit agency, Kaua'i Economic Opportunity, Inc. (KEO), whose goal is to assist low-income and immigrant peoples by providing them with job readiness and training. Lee's thesis is "Mai Home Hawai'i: Hawaiian Diaspora and the Return of Hawaiians from the Diaspora."

 

CPIS students are not the only graduate degree candidates whose research focuses on the broader Pacific. Recent graduates in anthropology, education, and geography produced theses on early settlements in Fiji, parental involvement in education in Pohnpei, and the management of sea turtles in Palau.

 

Naomi Losch (MA, 1980), chair of the Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, will give a talk on 6 May at the Mission Houses Museum as part of the museum's current exhibition and program, "Lasting Impressions: Printing & Engraving in Hawai'i." The exhibition, which runs through 26 June 2004, contains rare historic printed material and works by contemporary artists. Margo Vitarelli (MA, 1985) curated the exhibition. The program includes other events, gallery talks, demonstrations, and family activities, all open to the public. Losch's talk, "Hawai'i, Havai'i, Hawa'i, or Hava'i?" is about the influence of the printed word on spoken Hawaiian and some of the decisions that have been made to standardize Hawaiian.

 

Caroline Yacoe (MA, 1981) has two films that will play a part in the MOUNTAINFILM festival in Telluride, Colorado, 28-31 May 2004. The first part of The Drum and the Mask will open the symposium on New Guinea, and the second part, Time of the Tubuan, will be featured in a roundtable discussion Yacoe will take part in. Faces of the Spirits: The Sulka People of PNG will be presented in parts in another section.


PUBLICATIONS, MOVING IMAGES, CDS

Available from UH Press

Pacific Places, Pacific History, edited by Brij V Lal, brings together leading Pacific Islands studies scholars to talk about the places they have inhabited and to contemplate the meaning of these experiences. The essays are about letting go; learning and un-learning; and transgressing physical, emotional, and intellectual boundaries. The collection is in honor of former, long-time Director of the UH Center for Pacific Islands Studies Robert C Kiste. 2004, 360 pages. ISBN 0-8248-2748-1, cloth, $57.00.

 

UH Press books can be ordered through the Orders Department, University of Hawai'i Press, 2840 Kolowalu Street, Honolulu, HI 96822-1888. Website: http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu.

 

Other Publications

Law and Empire in the Pacific: Fiji and Hawai'i, by anthropologists Sally Engle Merry and Donald Brenneis, explores some of the similarities in the histories of colonialism and plantation sugar production in Fiji and Hawai'i, as well as the colonizers' vastly different legal relationships with the indigenous peoples. Contributors include Jane F Collier, Martha Kaplan, John D Kelly, Brij V Lal, Hirokazu Miyazaki, Jonathan Kamakawiwo'ole Osorio, Annelise Riles, and Noenoe K Silva. Published by School of American Research Press, 2004, 314 pages. ISBN 1-930618-24-7, cloth, $60.00; ISBN 1-930618-25-5, paper, $24.95.

 

Of Schizophrenic Voices, by Cresantia Frances Koya-Vaka'uta, at the University of the South Pacific (USP), is a collection of poems on a variety of topics, including identity. The author, whose background includes Samoan, Indian, Solomon Islander, and Irish, relays her feelings and confusion about her identity in the title of the book. 2004, 76 pages. ISBN 9823660115. The book is published by Pacific Writing Forum, University of the South Pacific (USP) Department of Literature and Language. It is available from the USP Book Centre, http://uspbookcentre.com. $6.50.

 

Na Kkai Taku's Musical Fables, by ethno-musicologist Richard Moyle, is an anthology of fables in the language of Taku, a Polynesian outlier off the coast of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. The stories incorporate one or more short songs, which the narrator sings at crucial moments in the plots. The book contains fifteen kkai, in Taku with English translations. Published by the Music Department, Institute of Papua New Guinea Studies, and available from the institute for PGK 15.00 plus postage. The institute can be contacted by e-mail at ipngs@global.net.pg.

 

Tradition, Lotu and Militarism, by Winston Halapua, of the University of Auckland, argues that militarism in Fiji is a collusion between privilege and power that has maintained the interests of an elite over the majority. The book is published by the Fiji Institute of Applied Studies (FIAS), 2003. For price and other information contact FIAS by e-mail at fias@connect.com.fj.

 

South Pacific Least Developing Countries- Towards Positive Independence: Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu, by Binayak Ray, looks at the economic situation in the region and "challenges some of the conventional wisdoms of both policy makers and Pacific Islanders." Ray is the former director of research and statistics for the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). Available from the author (c/o GPO Box 157, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia). A$39.00 outside the South Pacific, Australia, and New Zealand.

 

The Solomon Islands College of Higher Education (SICHE) has a number of publications for sale, dealing with development issues, education issues, and shark fishing techniques in the Solomon Islands. For more information, contact the Applied Research Unit, Solomon Islands College of Higher Education, PO Box R113, Honiara, Solomon Islands; tel: 677-30694; fax: 677-30390; e-mail: siche@solomon.com.sb.

 

Films and Videos

The Best of Laughing with Samoans, with comedians Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepulea'i, features the funniest moments from their show in the Memorial Theatre, Victoria University of Wellington, on 23 August 2003. It also features interviews with Ete and Fepulea'i, in which they talk about the diasporic roots of their comedy. Ete and Fepulea'i, recent recipients of a grant from Creative New Zealand, were featured in January 2004 at the fourth annual Pacific Arts Festival of Christchurch. 2003, color, 60 minutes, 1/2-inch VHS (NTSC and PAL). For more information, contact Ete at eete@ihug.co.nz. US$30, plus postage.

 

Bird Man Tale, directed by Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho, tackles Papua's struggle for independence from Indonesia in this documentary-turned-drama based on the kidnapping and murder of Papua political figure Theys Hiyo Eluay. The film tells a coming of age story of a teenage Papuan boy and his friends in the midst of political and religious unrest. 2002, 90 minutes, color, 35mm.

 

In US and Marshalls: The Next 20 Years, by Francis X Hezel and Jason Aubuchon, Marshall Islands leaders discuss implications of the planned reduction in financial assistance and federal programs under the Compact of Free Association with the United States. No 37 in a series. 2003, 37 minutes, 1/2-inch VHS. $10.00. Produced by Micronesian Seminar (http://www.micsem.org). Other recent videos from the seminar include Creating a New FSM Economy (No 38); Smokey Joe: You Smoke, I Choke (No 39); and Suicide: Finding a Better Way Out (No 40).

 

The Silent Wrecks of Kwajalein Atoll, by filmmaker Jonathan Bird, tells the story of Kwajalein, from the Japanese occupation through the present day. It features dramatic underwater footage of the Japanese shipwrecks in the lagoon, as well as American plane wrecks in the "airplane graveyard," where they were dumped after the war. 2004, 55 minutes, color, DVD. US$24.95, plus shipping. For ordering information, see the Oceanic Research Group website at http://www.oceanicresearch.org/kwajentry.html.

 

CDs

Laughing with Samoans, a CD of twelve comedy sketches created and performed by Eteuati Ete, deals with life in the diaspora. The sketches were recorded live before a sellout audience at the Ilott Theatre, Wellington, New Zealand, in February and March of 2003. For more information, see the website at http://www.etelive.samoalive.com.


CONFERENCES

MOUNTAINFILM 2004

The twenty-sixth annual MOUNTAINFILM festival will be held in Telluride, Colorado, 28-31 May 2004. The festival's core events include the Moving Mountains Symposium and three full days of film, gallery exhibits, concerts, and lectures. The festival is committed to the protection of landscapes and the people, flora, and fauna that inhabit them. This year's festival will focus on the island of New Guinea, with a symposium entitled "New Guinea: Lessons from the Last Unknown" as the centerpiece. The symposium will address the nature of the biological and cultural diversity of New Guinea, what New Guinea has to teach the rest of the world, and the prescription and prognosis for maintaining New Guinea's natural treasures. Included among the speakers are Meg Taylor, Saem Majnep, William Takaku, Allen Allison, and Jack Dumbacher. The festival website is http://www.mountainfilm.org.

 

New York Hawaiian Film Festival

"Pacifika: New York Hawaiian Film Festival," a collaboration between the Hawai'i Cultural Foundation (HCF) and the New York University Graduate School of Film and Television, will be held 21-23 May 2004. The festival will feature films by emerging and veteran filmmakers exploring questions of history, human rights, and identities of Hawaiian and Pacific Islands peoples. There will also be live performances and workshops. For information, e-mail hcf@hcfnyc.org, or see the HCF website at http://www.hawaiiculturalfoundation.org.

 

MAPS Conference at UPNG

"Reframing Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Research Methods," organized by Melanesian and Pacific Studies (MAPS) at the University of Papua New Guinea, will be held in Port Moresby on 23-25 June 2004. The conference, aimed at scholars, educators, NGOs, researchers, and policy makers, will feature topics central to the research and learning processes of Pacific peoples. The deadline for proposed paper titles and abstracts is 23 May 2004. For information, contact Steven Edmund Winduo, Director of MAPS, at windstev@upng.ac.pg. The fax number is 675-3267-187.

 

Imagining New Zealand/Aotearoa

"Imagining New Zealand/Aotearoa: Histories and Representations," the eleventh annual one-day conference of the New Zealand Studies Association, will be held 3 July 2004 at New Zealand House in London. For information, contact Ian Conrich at ian@ianconrich.co.uk or Dominic Alessio at allessid@richmond.ac.uk.

 

Dialogue Across Cultures: Identity, Place, Culture

"Dialogue Across Cultures: Identity, Place, Culture," 12-14 November 2004 in Melbourne, Australia, is sponsored by the Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies at Monash University. Abstracts should be e-mailed by 30 April 2004 to Stephen Pritchard at Stephen.Pritchard@arts.monash.edu.au.

 

Conferences Announced in Previous Newsletters

      "Colonialism and Its Aftermath" is an interdisciplinary conference to be held 23-25 June 2004 at the University of Tasmania, in Hobart, Australia. The conference chair is Anna Johnston, School of English, Journalism and European Languages, University of Tasmania. For information, see http://www.leishman-associates.com.au/colonialism.

 

      "Indigenous Knowledges: Transforming the Academy," will be held 27-29 May 2004 at Pennsylvania State University. The cochairs are Ladislaus Semali, e-mail: lms11@psu.edu; and Audrey Maretzki, e-mail: anm1@psu.edu.

 

      The 9th Festival of Pacific Arts will be held in the Republic of Palau, 22-31 July 2004. For information, see the website at
http://www.festival-pacific-arts.org/.

 

      "Political Culture, Representation, and Electoral Systems in the Pacific" will be held 10-12 July 2004 at the University of the South Pacific, Emalus Campus, in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Informal inquiries may be e-mailed to either Fraenkel_j@usp.ac.fj or Andrew.Ladley@vuw.ac.nz.

 

      "Oceanic Conference on International Studies," will be held 14-16 July 2004 at the Australian National University in Canberra. It is designed to bring together the scholars in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific who are studying and teaching international relations and global politics. The contact is Louise Hickey at Marylouise.Hickey@anu.edu.au.

 

      "History and the Island Churches of the Pacific in the 20th Century" is the title for a conference to be held at the Pacific Theological College, in Suva, Fiji, 20-22 October 2004. For information, contact the Reverend Dr Kambati Uriam at kuriam@ptc.ac.fj.

 

      The 16th Pacific History Association Conference, "Pacific History: Assessments and Prospects," will be held in Noumea, New Caledonia, 5-10 December 2004. Send inquiries to the secretary of the PHA conference committee, Frédéric Angleviel, at BP 4477, Noumea 98845, New Caledonia; e-mail: angleviel@univ-nc.nc.

 

      A multidisciplinary conference on Germany in the South Pacific is being planned for spring 2005. For more information, contact Miriam Kahn at mkahn@washington.edu.


 


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