Center for Pacific Islands Studies Newsletter

No. 1 January-March 1997

Contents:

Featuring Paradise: The Pacific in Film
Hawaiian Studies Building Officially Open
Pan-Pacific Club Hold Exhibition
CPIS Welcomes New Student
News in Brief
Center Visitors
Staff Activities
Seminars and Talks
Report on Third Conference of ESfO
Call for Submissions: The Contemporary Pacific
New Publications and Resources
Conferences
Bulletin Board

FEATURING PARADISE: THE PACIFIC IN FILM

"Featuring Paradise: Representations of the Pacific in Film" is the title of the center's annual conference, which will be held in Honolulu, 11–13 November 1997. Planned to coincide with the Hawai'i International Film Festival, this academic conference will address how the Pacific and Pacific Islanders have been portrayed in feature film for the past hundred years. Concerned primarily with a historical overview and general patterns rather than isolated and individual films, the five panels planned for the conference will focus on the themes of paradise, gender, race and class, violence, and indigenous filmmaking. Screenings of significant films will be a part of the conference.


HAWAIIAN STUDIES BUILDING OFFICIALLY OPEN

Beautiful skies prevailed for the long-awaited official opening of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa's Center for Hawaiian Studies building. The opening, on 18 January, began with a kahea and blessing procession led by Kumu John LAKE, a program featuring opening remarks by dignitaries and a review of the history of Hawaiian Studies at UH Manoa by Director Haunani-Kay TRASK, and a reception. The evening celebrations featured a lu'au and entertainment by singers and a number of well-known halaus. Throughout the day, Board of Regent Emerita Mrs Gladys 'Ainoa BRANDT was honored for her vision and for the encouragement that enabled Hawaiians to fulfill their dream of a building of their own on the Manoa campus: a building which, she said, "with its gracious, yet resolute, union with the land about it, symbolizes the very essence of traditional Hawaiian culture."

Hawaiian Studies 
Building

The building, designed by the award-winning architectural firm of Kauahikakua and Chun, incorporates traditional Hawaiian architectural motifs, including a courtyard and entryway to accommodate traditional protocol for visiting dignitaries and guests, many of whom traveled from as far away as New Zealand Aotearoa, British Columbia, Rapa Nui, and the US mainland for the opening ceremonies.


PAN-PACIFIC CLUB HOLDS EXHIBITION

The East-West Center's Pan-Pacific Club members intermingled with the UH Manoa–East-West Center community and introduced community members to a wide range of Pacific Islands activities and crafts at a cultural exhibition on 1 February. The day-long activities included dances, coconut-husking, story-telling around the kava bowl, 'umu-making demonstrations, singing, videos, and an impressive and delicious array of unique island delicacies from kokoda to pork steamed in bamboo.

The exhibition, part of the EWC's Center-Wide Education Council's program aimed at enhancing cultural interaction and understanding among members of the center's community, was opened by Pan-Pacific Club's president, William WIGMORE. Also on the executive committee and active in the planning for the event were Phyllis MAIKE-GANILEO, Mahendra REDDY, and Kristine OH. The formal program ended with dancing in the late afternoon, but in true Islands fashion, the music and kava drinking went on into the wee hours of the morning.

Phyllis Maike-Ganileo (in blue t-shirt) stands ready to help with the food at the Pan-Pacific Cultural Exhibition

More Pictures from the Exhibition


CPIS WELCOMES NEW STUDENT

The center is pleased to have Brandon BRECKENRIDGE as a student in the MA program. Brandon began taking classes with the fall 1996 entering students, but formally entered the program in spring 1997. From Bethesda, Maryland, he graduated from Pacific Union College with a BS and a major in business administration. He entered the MA program after having taught eighth grade on Yap and having spent a summer working in the US State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. His interests involve the structuring of the Compact of Free Association between the Federated States of Micronesia and the United States.


NEWS IN BRIEF

Sia Figiel Wins Literary Prize

Sia FIGIEL's Where We Once Belonged has won the Best First Book category of the Southeast Asia and South Pacific Region Commonwealth Writer's Prize. Figiel is a poet and novelist from Western Samoa. She and the other regional winners will attend the Festival of Commonwealth Literature to be held in London between 27 April and 6 May. Where We Once Belonged is published by Pasifika Press. Figiel is also the author of The Girl in the Moon Circle, published by the Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific.

Kiste Heads PICL Study Group

The Standing Committee of the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders, meeting in Honolulu in February, established an independent study group to evaluate the long-term options for maintaining the Conference of Leaders' secretariat, the Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP), in Honolulu. Robert C KISTE, the Center for Pacific Islands Studies director, will chair the study group. Other members of the group, which will meet in Honolulu in early June, are Savenaca SIWATIBAU, Director of the UN's ESCAP Pacific Operation Center in Vanuatu, and Dr Fred SEVELE, Managing Director of Primary Produce Export Limited in Tonga. PIDP has seen its resources reduced over the past couple of years as a consequence of a decrease in funding for the East-West Center as a whole.

New UH Sea Grant Agents in Palau and Pohnpei

Kevin POLLOI, a native Palauan and one of the first participants in the Sea Grant Pacific Program's Micronesia & American Samoa Student Internship project (MASSIP) is the new extension agent for Sea Grant's Pacific Program. The project addresses the need for natural resource management in the US-affiliated Pacific Islands entities. Polloi worked with Palau's Marine Resources Division as an intern and graduated from UH Hilo, where he studied biology with an emphasis on marine sciences and conservation. He plans to work with local agencies and businesses to develop environmental education programs that promote conservation biology, sustainable economic development, and marine resource management techniques.

Simon ELLIS is the new Pacific Regional Aquaculture Extension Agent stationed in Pohnpei. Originally from Lincolnshire, England, he has a graduate degree in fisheries and aquaculture at Lousiana State University. From his home base at the College of Micronesia Land Grant office in Pohnpei, Ellis will travel throughout the US-affiliated entities to conduct workshops and provide technical assistance to Islanders wishing to begin or expand aquaculture-related businesses.

NEH Summer Seminar Participants Selected

The joint East-West Center–UH Center for Pacific Islands Studies National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College Teachers, "The Politics of Representation: Ethnography, Literature, and Film in the Pacific Islands," has announced its participants list. Participating in the seminar from 16 June–25 July 1997 will be: Carolyn Anderson (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Virginia daCosta (California State University, Long Beach), Steve Derné (State University of New York, Geneseo), Ramona Fernandez (Sacramento City College), Sally Graham (Palau Community College), Marsha Kinder (University of Southern California, University Park), Christine Loflin (Grinnell College), Sandra Tawake (East Carolina University), Laurence Carucci (Montana State University), Kauka deSilva (Kapi'olani Community College), Michele Dominy (Bard College), Phyllis Frus (Center for Teaching and Learning), Leilani Holmes (Grossmont College), Irena Levy (Kapi'olani Community College), and Elena Tajima-Creef (Wellesley College).

In addition to examining representations of the Pacific in ethnography, literature, and film, the seminar will address broader issues related to cultural diversity and efforts to incorporate international perspectives in college curricula.

Operation Books: A PREL Initiative

Pacific Resources for Education and Learning has joined forces with Hawai'i schools, Continental Micronesia Airlines, and the metropolitan rotary Club of Honolulu to collect reading materials in Hawai'i and the US mainland for school libraries in the Pacific. School children in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia, will be the first beneficiaries of this program. The project targets specific needs of rural schools and encourages continuing cultural exchange and contact among the participating schools. Books for the initial shipment were donated by Pu'uhale Elementary School in Honolulu.


CENTER VISITORS

Francis X HEZEL, SJ, from the Micronesian Seminar in Pohnpei visited the center in early January. Hezel was on his way to Washington, DC, where he had been invited to serve on a committee convened by the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. The committee is to draw up a set of guidelines for medical services planning in the US-affiliated Pacific Islands entities.

Aurelia E BREAZEALE, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific, called briefly at the center on 22 January on her way to Fiji and other destinations in the Pacific. While in Honolulu, she discussed recent developments in the region.

Max QUANCHI, of the Department of History, Queensland Institute of Technology, visited the center on 28 January on his way to Micronesia to meet with teachers and department of education personnel as part of his Teaching the Pacific Forum project. He discussed pre-collegiate and collegiate education initiatives focusing on the Pacific and also met with people at PREL (Pacific Resources for Education and Learning) and BYU-Hawai'i Campus.

John CONNELL, from the Department of Geography, University of Sydney, was in Honolulu for a week in February. He is on extended study leave and intends to spend time in Canada and England before returning to Sydney.

Don RUBINSTEIN, from the Micronesian Area Research Center, University of Guam, visited the center on his way back to Guam from the US mainland in late February. He talked to center staff about various activities in Micronesia.

On 5 March, Arma Jane KARAER, foreign service career officer and new American ambassador to Papua New Guinea, called en route to taking up her post in Port Moresby. She engaged in a general discussion of Papua New Guinea and US–Pacific Islands relations.

Jacques-Andre COSTILHES, former French ambassador to Fiji, currently with the Ministry of Defense, Paris, stopped at the center on 6 March to discuss relations between the University of Hawai'i and the University of France in the Pacific.

Allen P Stayman and Nancy L B Fanning, Acting Director and Director, Policy Division, respectively, of the US Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs, visited the center the last week in March. They were en route from Washington, DC, to American Samoa.


STAFF ACTIVITIES

Center outreach director Tisha HICKSON and graduate assistant Alex MAWYER attended the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania meeting in San Diego, 18-21 February. They took part in the technology session, speaking, respectively, on the center's involvement in the Pacific Islands studies online syllabus and bibliography project http://library.kcc.hawaii.edu/psiweb/ and the center online guide to over a thousand Pacific Islands films and videos http://www2.hawaii.edu/oceanic/film.


SEMINARS AND TALKS

David AKIN, anthropologist and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow with the Kwaio Cultural Centre, spoke on "Ancestors, Rules, and Women in Kwaio, Solomon Islands," on 14 February. Akin has been studying in the mountains of eastern Kwaio, on the island of Malaita, for the past fifteen months. He spoke on how changes in Kwaio ancestral religion are affecting relations between Kwaio men and women.

Report on Third Conference of ESfO

by Ulla HASAGER

Pacific Peoples in the Pacific Century: Society, Culture, Nature, the third conference of the European Society for Oceanists, was held in Copenhagen, 13-15 December 1996, at the National Museum of Denmark and the Institute of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

The conference focused on the rapid political, social, cultural, and ecological change in the Pacific. More than two hundred scholars participated, including thirty-five from research institutions in the Pacific region. One hundred and four papers were presented in addition to five keynote lectures. The keynote lectures presented case examples from Micronesia (Marjorie V. C. FALANRUW: "Traditional Systems of Resource Use and Modern Developments in Micronesia"), Polynesia (Malama MELEISEA: "Governance and Leadership in Polynesia: A Samoan Micro-Perspective"), and Melanesia (Ralph REGENVANU: "Challenges for Cultural Resource Management in Vanuatu"), and also presented pan-Oceanic (Epeli HAU'OFA: "The Ocean in Us") and global perspectives (Marshall SAHLINS: "The End of Sentimental Pessimism: Reflections on Epeli Hau'ofa's 'Our Sea of Islands'").

The conference concluded with a plenary discussion that explored a range of issues, most notably those of intellectual property rights and academic scholars' obligation to engage in wider dialogues.

The next ESfO Conference in 1998 will have the overall theme of Asia in the Pacific. For detailed information on the European Society for Oceanists, past conferences including reports and abstracts of papers, and membership directory, visit the society's parent web site in Finland (http://cc.joensuu.fi/esfo/) or the Australian mirror site http://coombs.anu.edu.au/~marck/esfo/esfo.htm. The web sites include links to Pacific news web sites, Oceanic bibliographies, and information on the ESfO email discussion list, ESFO-L@SEGATE.SUNET.SE, hosted by Swedish universities.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

THE CONTEMPORARY PACIFIC: A JOURNAL OF ISLAND AFFAIRS

The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs is interested in receiving scholarly articles on contemporary issues of concern in the Pacific Islands, with particular reference to the late twentieth century. Articles on such issues as urbanization, migration, culture change, decolonization, dependency, development, and social and health problems are sought along with submissions addressing such topics as cultural movements, ethnic relations, regional cooperation, population pressures, environmental concerns, and strategic and security matters. The journal is also very much interested in receiving works that address island art, vernacular literature, the politics of representation, and critical theory approaches to contemporary Pacific topics. Articles relating to earlier periods in Pacific Islands history, on other regions, or of a more general theoretical nature will be considered if they help to illuminate current issues and concerns within the region. All articles published in the journal are refereed. The Editorial Board especially encourages articles that draw on the literature of more than one discipline.

Submissions must be original works not previously published and not under consideration or scheduled for publication by another publisher. Manuscripts should be 8,000 to 10,000 words, or no more than 40 double-spaced pages, including references. Contributors should submit two copies, typewritten or produced on letter-quality printers. Everything must be double-spaced, including each line of references and notes (if any). Editorial style follows the most recent edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. A detailed style guide is available from the Editor upon request. Authors of accepted manuscripts are expected to provide a final version of their work on disk as well as in hard copy. Guidelines for preparing manuscripts on disk are also available from the Editor.

All submissions and editorial correspondence should be addressed to: David HANLON, Editor, The Contemporary Pacific, UH Center for Pacific Islands Studies, 1890 East-West Road, Moore Hall 215, Honolulu, Hawai'i 96822-2362; tel 808-956-9957, fax 808-956-7053; email: hanlon@hawaii.edu.


NEW PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCES

UH Press Books and Journals

Think of a Garden: And Other Plays, by John KNEUBUHL, is the latest publication from the Talanoa: Contemporary Pacific Literature series. John Kneubuhl is one of the Pacific's preeminent playwrights. The title play in this trilogy, "Think of a Garden" reflects on one Samoan chief's resistance to European arrogance and intrusion and his impact on a young boy with ties to both worlds. Cloth, ISBN 0-8248-1773-7, US$39; paper, ISBN 0-8248-1814-8, US$18.95.

Arts of Vanuatu, edited by Joel BONNEMAISON, Kirk HUFFMAN, Christian KAUFMANN, and Darrell TRYON, is the first work covering the traditional art of the cultural groups that make up Vanuatu. It is also the first work to cover such a broad range of topics under the term "arts." The unity and diversity of the islands that make up Vanuatu is dealt with in chapters that cover language, early history, men's and women's art, the art of power and relating, documenting the visual record, and the contemporary scene. Contributors to the richly-illustrated volume include geographers, anthropologists, curators, and experts in film and ethnomusicology. Cloth, ISBN 0-8248-1956-X, US$79.

Legacy of the Landscape: An Illustrated Guide to Hawaiian Archaeological Sites, by Patrick Vinton KIRCH, is an introduction to Hawaiian efforts to protect and preserve archaeological sites in the islands. Kirch has selected a range of sites across six of the islands in order to provide a comprehensive overview of Hawaiian archaeology. All of the sites are accessible to the public, and the author offers guidelines for visiting them. The book is fully illustrated by photographs by Thérèse I BABINEAU. Cloth, ISBN 0-8248-1816-4, US$45; paper, ISBN 0-8248-1739-7, US$29.95.

Malo Tupou: An Oral History, by Tupou Posesi FANUA, with Lois Wimberg WEBSTER, is Tupou's recounting, at age 83, of her memories of the first twenty-one years of her life. The result is a compelling oral history of early twentieth-century Tonga from a woman's perspective. Distributed for Pasifika Press outside the South Pacific; paper, ISBN 0-908597-26-6, US$25.

UH Press books can be ordered through the Orders Department, University of Hawai'i Press, 2840 Kolowalu Street, Honolulu, HI 96822-1888.

Other Publications

Double Ghosts: Oceanian Voyagers on Euroamerican Ships, by center faculty member David CHAPPELL, is a narrative that weaves together numerous local, regional, and national accounts of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century "shipping out" of Pacific Islanders aboard European and American vessels. Chappell explains the significance of "shipping out" as a world history phenomenon and demonstrates that European expansion was a two-sided process. Published by M E Sharpe, 80 Business Park Drive, Armonk, NY 10504; ISBN 1-56324-998-7; US$60.95.

Three recent books in an environmental education series for Micronesia, Plants and Environments of the Marshall Islands, Plants and Their Environments in Chuuk, and Plants, People and Ecology in Yap are available for purchase from the senior author, Mark MERLIN. The books, which were developed under a grant from the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation, were written to encourage students in the islands to consider careers in their home islands as scientists and resource managers. The volumes, which have color illustrations, contain information on physical geography, plants and vegetation, traditional use of plants, and environmental change and conservation in the islands, as well as plant lists and some student exercises. The books, in paperback, are US$20 each, which includes shipping. Mark Merlin can be contacted at the Biology Program, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Dean 108, Honolulu, HI 96822; email merlin@hawaii.edu.

The Pacific Islands: Paths to the Present, by Evelyn COLBERT, former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, is a brief introduction to the institutions, policy concerns, and international roles of the Pacific Islands. Published by Westview Press; ISBN 0-8133-3286-9, paper, US$27, 120 pp.

The Center for Pacific Islands Studies Occasional Paper 39, Pacific Islands Dissertations & Theses from the University of Hawai'i 1923–1996, compiled by Lynette FURUHASHI, UH Library Pacific Specialist, is now available. It is an updated version of the 1994 volume. The paper, at US$15, which includes air mail postage, can be ordered from the address on the masthead.

Trout is an electronic journal of New Zealand and Pacific Islands literature intended to encourage writers and artists to explore the new medium of the WEB. The journal, hosted by University of Auckland, is edited by TONY MURROW. The first issue includes poems by Robert SULLIVAN, Michelle LEGGOTT, and Janet CHARMAN, short fiction by Dan MCMULLIN, photographs by Evotia TAMUA, and an article by Linda CROWL on the state of book publishing in the Pacific Region. Submission details are available on the WEB site, http://www.auckland.ac.nz/lbr/trout/trout.htm and from Murrow at tmurrow@eve.pl.net.

Videotapes

Spirits of the Voyage was produced and directed by Eric METZGAR in association with navigators Jesus Urupiy and Ali Haleyalur and the chiefs and people of Lamotrek Atoll, Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia. The 88-minute video is an account of the fragile status of traditional navigational knowledge, arts, and skills in the face of cultural adaptations to changing times. Of special interest is the resurrected navigator rite of passage called Pwo. Available in VHS-NTSC and VHS-PAL from Eric Metzgar, Triton Films, 5177 Mesquite Street, Camarillo, CA 93012 USA; email emetzgar@vcnet.com.

Pacific Passagesis a video on the islands and peoples of the Pacific Islands, produced especially for intermediate and high school students. The video interweaves contemporary footage of ritual events and daily activities of Islanders across the Pacific with the world-renowned collections of the Honolulu Academy of Art and the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. The video, produced by Caroline YACOE, Wendy ARBEIT, and G B HAJIM, focuses on dance, art, ritual, and the stages of life. The video can be ordered in VHS NTSC (US$75) or PAL (US$85) from Pacific Pathways/Palm Frond Productions, PO Box 23296, Honolulu, HI 96823; tel (808) 941-1278; ph/fax (808) 396-3326; cyacoepp@aol.com.


CONFERENCES

Pacific Science Inter-Congress

The University of the South Pacific is hosting the eighth Pacific Science Inter-Congress, 13–19 July 1997. The theme is "Islands in the Pacific Century." For information, contact Eighth Pacific Science Association Inter-Congress Secretariat, c/o School of Pure & Applied Sciences, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji; tel (679) 212691; fax (679) 314007. The WEB site is http://ruve.usp.ac.fj/~psa.

Fourteenth Annual PREL Conference

The deadline to submit applications for workshop presentations at the Fourteenth Annual Pacific Educational Conference, to be held 5-7 August 1997 in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands, is 18 April. The theme for this year's conference is "Pacific Educators: Shaping the Future. For information contact the PEC '97 Organizing Committee in Majuro, tel (692) 625-7734, fax (692) 625-7735, or Pacific Resources for Education and Learning in Honolulu, tel (808) 533-6000, fax (808) 533-7599, email pec97@prel.hawaii.edu.

Papua New Guinea Music Conference

Ivilikou: Papua New Guinea Music Conference and Festival, organized by the Faculty of Creative Arts (UPNG) and the Institute of Papua New Guinea Studies, will be held 17-21 September 1977 in Port Moresby. The themes focus on PNG music, both traditional and modern, including music and religion and traditional ownership and copyright, but papers on the musics of other Island nations will be accepted. Those wishing to participate should send short abstracts to the organizers, along with audio-visual requirements, by 30 June. The organizers are Don NILES, Music Department Institute of PNG Studies, Box 1432, Boroko 111, PNG, fax 675-325-0531, email ipngs@compuserve.com; and Denis CROWDY, Music Department, Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Papua New Guinea, Box 113, University 134, PNG, fax 675-325-0214, email 100353@compuserve.com.

Science and Exploration: European Voyages

Science and Exploration: European Voyages to the Southern Oceans in the Eighteenth Century, a multidisciplinary conference to reevaluate the context, expectations, and outcomes of Cook's 1768-1771 voyage, will be held 18-19 September 1997 in London. For information, contact Research Administrator at the National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich, London SE 10 9NF; tel 44-181-312 6616; fax 44-181-312 6722; email aw08@dial.pipex.com. The conference is cosponsored by the Royal Society.

Conference on Research in Women's History

The International Federation for Research in Women's History will hold its next conference at the University of Melbourne, 30 June–2 July 1998. The conference theme is "Women and Human Rights, Social Justice, and Citizenship: International Historical Perspectives. Deadline for paper proposals is 30 June 1997. Inquiries can be sent to Professor Patricia GRIMSHAW, History Department, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Vic 3052, Australia; pat_grimshaw.history@muwayf.unimelb.edu.au. Sonia SMALLACOMBE is responsible for sessions and panels by indigenous women. She requests that proposals from indigenous women be sent to her at History Department, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Vic 3052, Australia; tel 613-344-5981; fax 613-344-7894; email sonia_smallacombe@muwayf.unimelb.edu.au.

Australian Anthropological Society Conference

"Indigenous Societies and the Post-Colonial State" is the theme for the conference, which will be held 2-4 October 1997 on Magnetic Island, Queensland, Australia. Among the sessions are "Indigeneity and the Post-Colonial State," "Money, Land, and the State," "Practicing Anthropology and Archaeology in the 1990s," "Egalitarian Forms," "Pacific Youth," and "Global Medicine, Local Bodies." Abstracts of proposed papers are due by 5 May to session conveners. For more information, contact the conference secretary, Ms Rosita HENRY, School of Anthropology and Archaeology, James Cook University of North Queensland, Townsville, QLD 4811. Tel (6177) 814855; fax (6177) 814045; email Rosita.Henry@jcu.edu.au.


BULLETIN BOARD

Summer Music Course in Tahiti

West Virginia University will offer a three-week summer course in Polynesian Dance and Drumming in Tahiti, 29 June–19 July 1997. Students will tour the island, learn the music, attend the Heiva Dance Festival, and experience French Polynesia in depth. Application forms and other materials are available from Summer Course in Tahitian Music and Dance, Sylvia Chambers MILLER, Conference Services, 403 Knapp Hall, PO Box 6031 West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506-6031; tel (304) 293-4013; fax (304) 293-8755; email smiller3@wvu.edu.

SIT Semester Abroad in Western Samoa

The School for International Training's College Semester Abroad Program in Western Samoa aims to educate students on pressing regional and cultural issues and enhance their ability to realize the full range of opportunities and responsibilities inherent in living in an interdependent world. One of over fifty academic programs offered by SIT, the course covers fifteen weeks of intensive immersion in the study of Western Samoa. For more information on the program, contact the admissions office at 1-800-336-1616, write to SIT at PO Box 676, Brattleboro, Vermont 05302-0676 USA, or visit their Web page at http://www.world.learning.org/csa/csaasia.html.

Call for PIC Film Festival Entries

Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) has issued a call for entries for its 1997 Pacific Island Images Film Festival, their fourth annual festival of indigenous Pacific Islander-written, produced, or directed films and videos, 23-27 July 1997. Deadline for tape entries on either 1/2" or 3/4" VHS (NTSC or PAL) is 30 May. To request an application form, contact Pacific Islanders in Communications, 1221 Kapi'olani Blvd. Suite 6A-4, Honolulu, HI 96814; tel (808) 591-0059; fax (808) 591-1114; email piccom@aloha.net. The festival is cosponsored by Pacific New Media at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

Centre for Cross-Cultural Research

The Australian Research Council has established the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research as the first ARC Special Research Centre in the humanities. The centre comprises three overlapping streams: Program in Cultural History, Program in Visual Research, and Program in Contemporary Art and Culture. The program will foreground visual culture and visual research methods and will collaborate with major cultural institutions, including libraries and art galleries. The centre welcomes expressions of interest from prospective graduate students at the MA or PhD level. For information, contact the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia; tel 61-6-249-2434; fax 61-6-249-2438; email: admin.cccr@anu.edu.au; or contact the Director, Professor Nicholas THOMAS, at the address above.

Sainsbury Research Unit for Arts

The Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, University of East Anglia, offers an MA course, "Advanced Studies in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas," as well as opportunities for doctoral research. The one-year MA course provides candidates with detailed and general ethnographic knowledge of the visual arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, together with a focus on the methodological and theoretical issues involved in their analysis. For further information, contact the Admissions Secretary, Sainsbury Research Unit, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, England; tel (44-1603) 592498; fax (44-1603) 259401; email: f.hunt@uea.ac.uk.


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University of Hawai'i at Manoa
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Robert C Kiste, Director
Letitia Hickson, Editor

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