“Pacific Worlds, Atlantic
Worlds” at New York University
Pacific Retrospective at HIFF
Hereniko Films Fire in the Womb
Gender and Globalization in Asia and the Pacific
EWC International Student Conference
CPIS Students in SPICOL at USP
Murray Chapman Retires
Students and Alumni
EWC Welcomes New Pacific Students
Native Pacific Cultural Studies on the Edge
Publications and Videos
The Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute of New York University, in New York City, is hosting a Pacific studies symposium, “Pacific Islands, Atlantic Worlds,” 25–27 October 2001. The Center for Pacific Islands Studies is a cosponsor of this symposium, which serves as the center’s twenty-sixth annual conference.
Pacific Islands, Atlantic Worlds will explore zones of artistic, academic, and political contact between Pacific islands and Atlantic worlds. How are the Pacific Islands historically linked to the Atlantic seaboard? How are they connected in the contemporary moment? Can Pacific Islands studies be stretched beyond Oceanic sites to the far reaches of the Atlantic? Building on other diasporic and institutional initiatives, this symposium will emphasize resource-sharing for scholars conducting research and teaching about the Pacific Islands on the East Coast and across the US continent. It will also provide an introduction to a broad range of developments in Pacific studies, bringing together faculty from the Pacific region with scholars and students on the US continent.
The conference opens on Thursday evening with a reception and an art exhibit, “Coming of Age in Amelika,” featuring artists Jewel Castro and Dan Taulapapa McMullin. Sessions on Friday and Saturday include:
-- Identifying the “Native” in Pacific Studies
-- Anthropological Engagements with Self-Determination and Decolonization
-- US Continental Pacific Islander Diaspora
-- Pacific Studies Developments Outside Oceania
-- Shifting Engagements: Contemporary Pacific Cultural Productions
-- A Dialogue with Artists, Writers, and Performers
-- Locating Pacific Museum Collections on the East Coast
--Teaching Pacific Studies on the East Coast.
“Salt Water Feet,” a multimedia dance production by Julia Gray and Katerina Teaiwa, with performances by Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Teresia Teaiwa, and Vaimoana Litia Makakaufaki Niumeitolu, takes place on Friday evening. Screenings of contemporary films from the Pacific diaspora preface the conference on the evenings of 22–24 October.
The symposium convener is Adria L Imada (NYU American Studies); symposium co-organizers are Dr J Kehaulani Kauanui (Wesleyan University) and Dr Anne-Marie Tupuola (New York University and Columbia University). Information is posted at http://www.apa.nyu.edu/pacific.
The symposium is free, but registration is required. For logistical information, contact Fannie Chan at email@example.com, or the NYU Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program & Institute, 269 Mercer St. Suite 609, New York, NY 10003; tel: (212) 998-3700; fax: (212) 995-4705.
As part of ongoing efforts to bring historically significant Pacific media to community audiences, Legacy Foundation of the Pacific will present a retrospective of Pacific Islands film, video, and television during the Hawai‘i International Film Festival (HIFF), 2–10 November 2001. Legacy Foundation, headed by filmmaker Esther Figueroa, is a new nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of Pacific cultures, with a special focus on preservation of, and access to, Pacific media. The retrospective, “Oceania Revealed,” follows the enthusiastically received retrospective of Hawai‘i films organized by Figueroa for the 2000 HIFF. It will take viewers on a journey through time, place and genre. Covering a century of filmmaking and crossing the Pacific from Palau and Papua New Guinea to Aotearoa New Zealand and Rapa Nui, it will navigate the history of filmmaking through features, ethnographic films, narrative shorts, documentaries, community video making, and television programming.
The retrospective, which is open to the public free of charge, will be shown at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. It will begin on 2 November from noon to 5:00 pm with an edited five-hour compilation of short films and film excerpts covering eighty years of filmmaking in Oceania. Continuous screenings will begin on subsequent mornings at 10 am:
3 Nov classic feature films about the Pacific from the earliest film era
4 Nov feature films made by Pacific Islanders
5 Nov documentaries about Polynesia
6 Nov documentaries about Melanesia
7 Nov the works of Barry Barclay and films from Australia
8 Nov documentaries about Micronesia
9 Nov documentaries and narrative works from Aotearoa New Zealand.
From 5–9 November, viewings and discussion groups will be led by scholars Alexander Mawyer, Lynette Cruz, Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard, and Michele and Misa Tupou. Barry Barclay will lead a discussion of his most recent film, Feathers of Peace.
During the HIFF award ceremonies on 8 November, Barry Barclay will be presented with the Legacy Appreciation Award for his groundbreaking and inspiring work as a filmmaker, writer, and tireless advocate for the rights of indigenous people, particularly Maori. The award honors his leadership in the arena of Pacific media preservation and his dedication to making Maori culture visible.
On the final day of the festival, Saturday, 10 November, 8:30 am–4:30 pm, Legacy Foundation will present “Preserving Pacific Media,” a symposium on media preservation and the community. The program will bring together filmmakers, scholars, cultural practitioners, archivists, collectors, educators, policy-makers, media technicians, and community members to share knowledge and experiences and highlight the critical state of media preservation in the Pacific. The schedule is:
9 am–10:15 am. Panel on Collections.
The role of collections, archives, museums, and issues of access. Moderator, Alexander Mawyer (University of Chicago). Desoto Brown (Bishop Museum), Karen Peacock (UH Pacific Collection), Lowell Angell (Historian and Collector), and Barry Barclay (Maori Filmmaker)
10:30 am–12:15 pm. Panel: Storytellers.
The important role of storytelling and media in the perpetuation of Native cultures and languages.
Melissa Nelson (Cultural Conservancy), Larry Kimura (University of Hawai`i, Hilo), Meleanna Meyer (Hawaiian artist and film maker), and Merata Mita (Maori Filmmaker)
1:00 pm–2:45 pm. Panel: Community.
The relationship between media and communities. It will include community projects, documentary work about communities, and issues of community intellectual property rights.
Victoria Keith (teacher and independent filmmaker), Kate Sample (MCC Media Specialist), Anna Naupa (Vanuatu Kaljoral Senta), and Danielle Conway-Jones (UH Law School)
3:00 pm–4:00 pm. Maori Filmmaker and Media Preservation Activist Barry Barclay will deliver the keynote address “Mana Tuturu: Asserting ‘First Law’ When Collecting and Archiving Indigenous Images.”
Barclay’s film Te Rua will close the symposium. Inquiries can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Viki (Sapeta Taito) defends her father
the British District Officer.
CPIS Pacific literature and film specialist Vilsoni Hereniko, together with his wife Jeannette Paulson Hereniko, embarked on an extraordinary filming project this past summer. Fire in the Womb, written and directed by Hereniko, is a feature film about Viki, a young Rotuman girl. Inspired by her father’s stories of an ancient woman warrior, she draws on her cultural heritage to salvage her father’s reputation after he is falsely accused of stealing from a rich neighbor.
The majority of the film’s remarkable cast are Rotumans living on Rotuma. Viki is played by Sapeta Taito; her inspiration, the warrior woman, is played by the internationally acclaimed Maori actress Rena Owen. The ninety-minute film was shot in 16 mm and PAL DVCAM, with actors speaking in Rotuman and English. It is being edited and is expected to be released in 35 mm format in January 2003. A gallery of film stills is online at http://www.jphmovies.com/gallery.html .
The Office for Women’s Research and the Women’s Studies Program at UHM are fortunate to be able to offer, by means of a generous grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, residential fellowships to support the work of scholars who wish to come to Hawai‘i to pursue their work on gender and globalization in Asia and the Pacific. The program focuses on eight general research themes: women and economic transformation; migration, refugees, and diaspora movements and communities; women’s health; militarism and global violence; domestic violence; gender, race, and representation; global connections of indigenous peoples; and reparation initiatives.
Work that spans diverse disciplines and addresses one or more of the research themes will be particularly favored, as will work that speaks to audiences both inside and outside the university. Participants must have doctoral degrees. Fellows may request residencies for three to five months. For application eligibility and requirements, contact Dr Teresa Arambula-Greenfield; fax: (808) 956-9616, e-mail: email@example.com.
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“Local and Global Relations in the Asia Pacific Region” is the theme for the East-West Center International Graduate Student Conference to be held in Honolulu, 21–24 February 2002. Graduate students from any field related to the conference theme are encouraged to submit papers. The deadline for abstract submissions is 15 November 2001. Keynote speaker for the conference is Dr Saskia Sassen, professor of sociology at the University of Chicago and author of Globalization and Its Discontents. Papers on the following topics are particularly encouraged: diasporas, indigenous movements, the environment, tourism and development, regional security, gender and nationalism, and the arts and identity politics. For more information see the conference website at http://www.eastwestcenter.org/events-ce-detail.asp?conf_ID=272.
CPIS students Hau‘oli Busby and Micky Huihui, and adviser Kealalokahi Losch (MA 1999), lecturer in Hawaiian and Pacific studies at Kapi‘olani Community College, were Hawai‘i’s delegation to the sixth Simulated Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders (SPICOL) in Fiji. The annual conference, which is coordinated by students at the University of the South Pacific, is modeled on the South Pacific Forum Heads of Government meeting. It involves students taking on the roles of presidents or prime ministers, government ministers, senior public servants, consultants, activists, journalists, and conference organizers. This year’s conference, which took place the last week in September, addressed the use and abuse of land in the Pacific. Participants’ recommendations on land policy formed the conference’s final communique. Previous years’ conferences addressed population, security, tourism, and tuna fishing issues.
The purpose of the conference is to move learning and teaching out of the classroom environment and into a world that recreates real life situations and problems. It is also used to develop leadership skills and to foster strong interdisciplinary and intercultural exchange and understanding.
Busby and Huihui are participants in the Pacific Islands studies course “Oceania on the Move.” The course, which is part of the Ford Foundation–funded Moving Cultures project in the UH School of Hawaiian, Asian & Pacific Studies, links UHM students through web-based technologies with students at the University of the South Pacific and the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, for four weeks of interactive learning. The trip enabled Busby and Huihui to visit their partner classroom in Fiji.
Stephen F Johnston, formerly of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Technology, Sydney, gave a talk on 31 August on “The Work and Role of APACE: A Development-Focused NGO Working in Solomon Islands.” APACE is a non-government organization focusing on micro-hydro and food security community development programs in developing countries north of Australia.
On 26 September, CPIS cosponsored “Dreamtime and Native Title: Connecting Australian Aboriginal Cultural Origins and Modern Land Struggles,” a public talk by Marie Munya Andrews and Gary “Mick” Martin, from Southern Cross University (SCU) in Lismore, New South Wales, Australia. ‘Ahahui ‘o Hawai‘i, the Native Hawaiian Law Student Organization, hosted Andrews and Martin and two of their students, who were in Hawai‘i doing comparative research on Indigenous Australian and Hawaiian issues. Andrews and Martin teach courses at SCU on human rights, indigenous peoples, criminal justice, and land rights.
Geographer and CPIS affiliate faculty member Murray Chapman retired in June. Chapman began research on people’s movement in Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands as a graduate student in the 1960s and maintained a career-long interest and involvement in population movement and epistemologies of movement, as well as an interest in Melanesia, especially Solomon Islands. In the 1990s he returned to Solomon Islands for the third time to do basic and applied research with the Guadalcanal communities with which he did his dissertation research. Chapman was a strong advocate for, and mentor to, students from Asia, the Pacific, and the United States, and a supporter of, and adviser to, the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education (SICHE). When he retired he was the Chair of the Department of Geography, having previously headed the Population Studies Program. His ready laugh and generosity of spirit will be missed in official capacities on campus, but we look forward to his participation in the intellectual life of the university, and Pacific studies in particular, for a long time to come.
Congratulations to David Hanlon, professor of history, who was honored in September with a Board of Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching. In his specialty, Pacific history, Hanlon was cited for his skill in conveying to students the depth, complexity, and range of island cultures and the richness of historical situations that make the Pacific a truly exciting theater of study. Valued as teacher, colleague, mentor, and adviser to many across the Pacific, Hanlon is known not only for his teaching and his published work, which includes Upon a Stone Altar and Remaking Micronesia: Discourses over Development in a Pacific Territory, 1944–1982, but for his involvement with the Pacific History Association and his editorship of The Contemporary Pacific and the center’s Pacific Islands Monograph Series.
Nancy D Lewis, professor of geography, took leave from the university and assumed the position of Director of Studies at the East-West Center as of 1 August. Lewis will head the research program at the center.
Geoffrey White has also assumed a new position at the East-West Center. Formerly Dean of Students, he is now a senior fellow in the Pacific Islands Development Program, as well as professor of anthropology in the UH Department of Anthropology.
Professor Emeritus Barbara B Smith was recently honored for her eighteen years of service as chair of the Study Group on the Musics of Oceania (International Council for Traditional Music) and her many contributions to the field of Pacific music. As part of the 15–16 September conference of the study group in Canberra, the group launched a “surprise” publication, Traditionalism and Modernity in the Music and Dance of Oceania: Essays in Honor of Barbara B Smith, Oceania Monographs 52, University of Sydney, 2001.
Jane Freeman Moulin, professor of ethnomusicology, presented a paper at the same conference in Canberra, “Words of Tomorrow: ‘Spectacle’ at the Festival of Pacific Arts.” She received funding from the UH University Research Council and the Ching Foundation. She was also a contributor to the volume in honor of Smith, with a chapter titled “From Quinn’s Bar to the Conservatory: Redefining the traditions of Tahitian Dance.” While they were in Canberra, Smith and Moulin attended the official opening of the new building for AIATSIS (Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies).
David A Chappell, associate professor of history, returned from sabbatical leave in New Caledonia and will present his research at a CPIS noontime seminar on 18 October. He is writing a chapter about Pacific Islander seamen on whalers in the nineteenth century for a whaling museum catalogue and preparing talks for conferences in Tahiti and New Caledonia next year.
Jon Van Dyke, professor of law, was in Palau in late September arguing a case before the Palau Supreme Court regarding a separation of powers issue.
The center is delighted to welcome five new students to the MA program this semester.
Christina “Hau‘oli” Busby graduated from UH Manoa with a BA in English. She brings to the program an interest in peaceful resistance and nonviolent movements in the Pacific.
Jennifer Cullen graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with a BA in anthropology. As a Hawaiian who grew up in California, she has a strong interest in reconnecting with, and preserving, Hawaiian culture.
Dale Hood graduated from UH West O‘ahu with a BA in Humanities and a focus on Pacific studies, after a number of years as a broadcast engineer in Honolulu, as well as experience in the Marshall Islands. He is interested in teaching history and Pacific Islands studies.
Lesley “Micky” Huihui graduated from UHM with a BA in Hawaiian Studies. She seeks a deeper understanding of the peoples of Oceania, the issues being faced in the region, and the relevance of these issues to Hawai‘i.
Portia Richmond graduated with BAs from the University of New South Wales in Australia and the University of Auckland, with specializations in English and anthropology. Her experiences growing up in Fiji and a desire to pursue an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and dealing with issues facing the region drew her to the CPIS program.
As we welcome the new students we congratulate and wish aloha to August 2001 graduating students Robert Baraka, Luafata Simanu-Klutz, and Heather Stanton-Moretzsohn. Baraka’s Plan B paper topic was the consequences for Papua New Guinea of independence; he has returned to Papua New Guinea. Simanu-Klutz’s thesis is “Aumua Mata‘itusi Simanu: The Lifestory of a Samoan Educator and Orator in Diaspora”; she has entered the PhD program in Pacific history at UH Manoa. Stanton-Moretzsohn’s plan B paper is “The Use and Treatment of Micronesian Labor under the Japanese Empire, 1922–1945”; she has joined her father in the practice of immigration law.
Congratulations to new parents Heather Stanton-Moretzsohn (MA 2001) and Fabio Moretzsohn, and Michelle Nelson Tupou (MA 2000) and Misa Tupou. Their new offspring are Olivia Elizabeth Moretzsohn, born 18 July, and Timote Edward Kaleo Misa Kauka‘ohu Tupou, born 25 July. All are doing very well!
Congratulations, also, to Rosemary Casey, who graduated in August 2001 with a PhD from the College of Education. Her thesis is “Voyaging Beyond Home Waters: The Experiences of Pacific Island Students at an American University.” Casey found that predictors of school success among Pacific Islanders include a strong identification with the home culture, opportunities to use their home language in Hawai‘i, and the support of family at home and locally. She is now the College Coordinator for the Health Careers Opportunity Program, a program at UHM designed to help first-generation Hawaiians and other local and Pacific students in Hawai‘i to enter and graduate from college.
Christy Harrington (MA 1994; PhD, University of Otago, 1999) is lecturing in women’s studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her MA and PhD research concerned women’s experiences as garment workers in Fiji and Aotearoa New Zealand. She received an American Association of University Women Postdoctoral Fellowship for the period July 2001–June 2002 to continue her Fiji research on the impact of the May 2000 coup on women garment workers. She was in Fiji during July and August and will return in January.
A number of students from the Pacific have recently been awarded East-West Center scholarships or are new affiliates of the center. Students who began their studies at UH Manoa this semester include: Williams Ganileo from Vanuatu (MA program in geography); Winston Halapua from Tonga (MA program in urban and regional planning); Hapakuke Pierre Leleivai from New Caledonia (preparation for Pacific Islands studies); Tina Tauasosi from Samoa (PhD program in sociology); Jacqueline Evans from Cook Islands (MA program in marine biology); Ellan Szetu from Solomon Islands (College of Arts and Sciences); and Portia Richmond from Fiji (MA program in Pacific Islands studies).
New students studying as undergraduates at UH Hilo are: Williams Baega from Solomon Islands, Emmanuel-Carlos Kaetavara from Papua New Guinea, and Lisa Va‘ai from Samoa.
The students on awards are beneficiaries of three EWC scholarship programs: Asian Development Bank Scholarship Program; the South Pacific Islands Scholarship Program; and the East-West Center Graduate Degree Program. For information on EWC scholarships see the EWC website at http://www.eastwestcenter.org/edu-sp.asp.
The latest issue of The Contemporary Pacific, volume 13:2, fall 2001, is Native Pacific Cultural Studies on the Edge, a special issue guest edited by Vicente Diaz and J Kehaulani Kauanui. This important work explores notions of Pacific indigeneity “in the face of diaspora and globalization, but without relinquishing the groundedness of indigenous identity, politics, theory, method, and aesthetics.”
The issue includes:
Native Pacific Cultural Studies on the Edge - Vicente M Diaz and J Kehaulani Kauanui
Lo(o)sing the Edge - Teresia K Teaiwa
“What Kine Hawaiian Are You?” A Mo‘olelo about Nationhood, Race, History, and the Contemporary Sovereignty Movement in Hawai‘i - Jonathan Kamakawiwo‘ole Osorio
Disappearing Worlds: Anthropology and Cultural Studies in Hawai‘i and the Pacific -
Geoffrey M White and Ty Kawika Tengan
On the Edge? Deserts, Oceans, Islands - Margaret Jolly
Indigenous Articulations - James Clifford
Cultural Rupture and Indigeneity: The Challenge of (Re)visioning “Place” in the Pacific - David Welchman Gegeo
Individual copies are $25 ($15 in the Pacific Islands region, excluding Hawai‘i, Australia, and New Zealand). New subscribers to The Contemporary Pacific beginning with volume 14 (2002) receive this special issue free, as a bonus. For details on ordering information see the journal website at http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/journals/cp.
In The Art of Tivaevae: Traditional Cook Islands Quilting, by Lynnsay Rongokea, photographs by John Daley, Cook Islands women talk about the tivaevae (patchwork quilts) - how they are sewn, the ideas that go into each design, and the future of tivaevae. 120 pages, 75 color illustrations. ISBN 0-8248-2502-0, cloth, $29.95.
Navigating Islands and Continents: Conversations and Contestations in and around the Pacific, edited by Cynthia Franklin, Ruth Hsu, and Suzanne Kosanke, is a collection of essays, poems, and interviews that explores the interrelations among Pacific, Asian, and continental United States identities and literatures. Literary Studies East and West 17. 304 pages. ISBN 0-8248-2365-6, paper, $28.00. Distributed for the College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature, University of Hawai‘i, and the East-West Center.
An Anthropologist in Papua: The Photography of F E Williams, 1922–39, by Michael Young and Julia Clark, is a pictorial celebration of the work of ethnographer F E Williams, who spent the entirety of his working career as Government Anthropologist in the Australian Territory of Papua. Some 235 images have been selected. 320 pages. ISBN 0-8248-2528-4, cloth, $75.00.
The True Story of Kaluaikoolau: As Told by His Wife, Piilani, translated by Frances N Frazier, is one of Kaua‘i’s great legends. In 1892, after learning that he and his young son had contracted leprosy, Koolau fled with his family deep into Kalalau Valley. The book contains the original published Hawaiian text, as well as the translation. Distributed for the Kaua‘i Historical Society. 160 pages. ISBN 0-9607542-9-6, cloth, $29.00; ISBN 0-9703293-0-X, paper, $14.95.
Due out in November is Paradise Reforged: A History of the New Zealanders from the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, by James Belich. Paradise Reforged takes up where Belich’s previous book Making Peoples left off. It tells a story of the New Zealanders from the 1880s to the end of the twentieth century, including the modern Maori resurgence and the new Pakeha consciousness. 500 pages. ISBN 0-8248-2542-X, cloth, $40.00. (For sale only in the United States and Canada.)
Also due out in November is Stories from the Marshall Islands: Bebwenato Jan Aelon Kein, a collection of ninety folktales and stories of historical events brought together by Jack A Tobin. The stories were translated into English during the third quarter of the twentieth century. Many are presented in the original language and are amplified by extensive commentary. A PALI Language Text. 416 pages. ISBN 0-8248-2545-4, cloth, $55.00; ISBN 0-8248-2019-3, paper, $19.95.
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.
New books from the Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, include:
Ana Otabwanin Kiritimati: The Environment of Christmas Island, by Roger Perry and Martin Garnett; Katino Teeb‘aki and Bwere Eritaia, translators. In Kiribati and English. 40 pages, illustrated, US$10.00.
Beyond Ceremony: An Anthology of Fiji Drama, edited by Ian Gaskell, is a collection of works by Fiji’s foremost playwrights and up-and-coming writers. ISBN 982-02-0313-9, 510 pages, US$35.00.
Bula Vakavanua, by Ratu Semi Seruvakula, Assistant Minister for Education, is about the ceremonies, culture, and customs of Fiji. ISBN 982-02-0151-9, 169 pages, US$16.00.
Futuna: Mo Ona Puleaga Sau, Aux Deux Royaumes, the Two Kingdons, by Petelo Leleivai and nine others, edited by Elise Huffer and Leleivai, covers history, culture, and life in Futuna. In English and French, ISBN 982-02-0316-3. 178 pages, US$21.00.
Havilivilianga Manatu: Reflections, by Ligi Sisikefu and ten others, is a collection of short stories and poems from members of the Niue Writers Group. 68 pages, US$16.00.
Pulega i Samoa, Governance in Samoa, by Asofou So‘o and twelve others, edited by Elise Huffer and So‘o, covers topics such as introduced governance programs and local institutions and practices. ISBN 982-02-0156-X, 236 pages, US$31.00.
Veiled Honour, by Satya Colpani, is a novel about women forced into loveless marriages and the conflict between family and duty on one hand, and freedom and love on the other. ISBN 982-02-0157-8, 210 pages, US$21.00.
Books from IPS are available by writing to Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, PO Box 1168, Suva, Fiji. Tel: 679-313900, x2018; fax: 679-301594 or 301305; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Prices include sea mail postage. Contact IPS for airmail rates and names and addresses of book dealers in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States that distribute IPS books.
The Word, the Pen, and the Pistol: Literature and Power in Tahiti, by Robert Nicole, explores the relationships between history, power, knowledge, and certain cultural productions such as literature in colonial and postcolonial contexts. The book reveals the complicit relationship in French Polynesia between imperialism and colonial text as well as the complex and diverse responses of Maohi people to romanticized western discourses. 230 pages. SUNY Series on the Sublime, State University of New York Press. ISBN 0-7914-4740-5, paper, $19.95; ISBN 0-7914-4739-1, cloth, $59.50.
Whisper of the Mother: From Menarche to Menopause among Women in Pohnpei, by Maureen H Fitzgerald, examines how women’s experiences associated with their reproductive lives are situated in a society that is rapidly being exposed to alternative models and ideas. It also highlights community concerns about women’s lives, their health, and the health of the community. 176 pages. Bergin & Garvey, Greenwood Publishing Group; ISBN 0-89789-818-4, $54.00.
One Thousand and One Papua New Guinean Nights: Folktales from Wantok Newspaper, translated and edited by Thomas H Slone, is a two-volume collection of 1047 folktales published between 1972 and 1997 in Papua New Guinea’s Wantok newspaper. The folktales have been extensively indexed by author, village, original language (or culture group), province, flora and fauna, and folklore motif. For information see the website at http://THSlone.tripod.com/masalaipress.html.
The Hawaiian Journal of History, volume 34, 2000, has articles on Hawaiian language policy and the courts, the political economy of banning the hula, Hawai‘i in 1819, American Congregationalists and the Hawaiian monarchs, Freemasonry in Hawai‘i, and the early history of Palama Settlement, among others. $12.00. For information, contact the Hawaiian Historical Society by telephone at (808) 537-6271.
Looking to the Future: Involving Young People in Development, is a special issue of Development Bulletin, 56, October 2001. Contributors consider the economic, social, and political benefits of involving young people in the development process. In particular, the articles cover issues of employment, education, legislation, and access to information. For information on subscribing see the website at http://devnet.anu.edu.au.
Volume 17 of People and Culture in Oceania, the journal for the Japanese Society for Oceanic Studies, has articles on tuatua shellfish in New Zealand archaeological sites; prehistoric Polynesian migration; stringband laments from Madang, Papua New Guinea; Fijian Christianity; and the contemporary meeting house system in Tabiteuea South, Kiribati. The website is http://www.humeco.m.u-tokyo.ac.jp/~oceania/.
An Evergreen Island, 46 minutes, 1996, VHS (PAL and NTSC), by filmmakers Fabio Cavidini and Mandy King, is about the resourcefulness of Bougainville Islanders. The video tells a story of communities working together to survive and to preserve their environment. Landowners closed the world’s largest copper mine in 1989 and the Papua New Guinea government responded with a nine-year blockade. The distributor is Video Education Australasia, 111A Mitchell St, Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia; e-mail: email@example.com.
In the Name of Growth, by filmmakers ‘Atu Emberson-Bain and Michael Preston, focuses on the operations of the Levuka, Fiji, tuna cannery, PAFCO, and the experiences of its women workers and their communities. It traces the key historical role of Levuka as Fiji’s colonial capital, and highlights the clash between World Bank-style, growth-driven development and the traditional values of a needs-based subsistence economy. 53 minutes. For more details, contact Emberson-Bain at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Samoana: The Islands They Named Samoa recounts 3,000 years of settlement in the islands. 56 minutes. Produced by Juniper Films; e-mail: email@example.com. Available in Samoan or English.
Faces of the Spirits: The Sulka People of Papua New Guinea, 27 minutes, 2000, VHS NTSC, is produced and directed by Caroline Yacoe. The film is about traditional and modern ceremonies in the Sulka area of New Britain Island, with commentary by local leaders that helps viewers understand how these rituals express Sulka culture. Distributed by Pacific Pathways, 223 Paiko Drive, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96821; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. $95.00.
A new film, Kava: The Drink of the Gods, by Thorolf Lipp, produced by the Institute of Pacific Studies at the University of the South Pacific, is a shortened (58 minutes) version of a longer film by the same name and filmmaker. The film is a documentary that examines the cultural and economic significance of kava in Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, and Germany. The new version is available, in English or in German, from Arcadia Film. DM 50 for individuals and DM 150 for institutions. The website is http://www.arcadia-film.de; e-mail: email@example.com.
Art of the Pacific Islands is an interactive, searchable collection of more than 100 artworks from the Pacific. Created in Honolulu by the Pacific Center for the Arts and Humanities at Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) in collaboration with the Consortium for Pacific Arts and Cultures (CPAC), the CD includes carving from Melanesia, story boards from Micronesia, and tapa and feather cloaks from Polynesia. It also includes contemporary video segments and music, as well as a short instructional video to help teachers facilitate discussions about art. $34.00. For minimum system requirements and ordering information, contact PREL at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Innovation, Creation, and New Economic Forms: Approaches to Intellectual and Cultural Property,” 13–15 December 2001, will be held in Cambridge, England. Workshop themes are staking claims to rights, inheritance of rights, ownership and commodities, intellectual creativity, loss and compensation, and collecting and storing knowledge. For information, see the conference website at http://www.socanth.cam.ac.uk/conference.htm.
The 2002 conference of the International Small Islands Studies Association will be held 26–30 June 2002 at the University of Prince Edward Island. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 January 2001. The website for the conference is http://www.upei.ca/islandstudies/islandsvii/.
Workshop in Pacific History, to be held at Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1–2 December 2001. For information, contact Peter Hempenstall by e-mail at p.hempenstall@hist.Canterbury.ac.nz.
The CORAIL Symposium on Culture and Nature in the Pacific will be held 3–5 December 200l in New Caledonia. For information, contact Hamid Mokaddem by e-mail at Hmoka@lagoon.nc.
The Ninth International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics (9ICAL) will be held in Canberra, at the Australian National University, 8–11 January 2002. The website at http://rspas.anu.edu.au/linguistics/ANConfs/ has information on registration fees and lodging.
Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO) meeting, 20–23 February 2002, at the University of Auckland. See the ASAO homepage at http://www.soc.hawaii.edu/asao/pacific/hawaiki.html for links to the schedule and to site information.
European Society for Oceanists (ESfO) conference “Recovering the Past: Resources, Representations, and Ethics of Research in Oceania,” 4–6 July 2002 in Vienna. See the ESfO website at http://cc.joensuu.fi/esfo/index.html.
The UHM English Department is advertising three full-time, tenure-track positions:
For the Citizens’ Chair in English Studies, the department seeks outstanding applicants who are either at the full professor level and specialize in Asian/Pacific literature in English, Asian American literature, postcolonial literature and theory, or cultural studies, or are creative writers or specialists in literary theory with an interest in at least one of these fields. Inquiries should be addressed to David Baker at Department of English, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, 1733 Donaghho Road, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96822. Tel: (808) 956-9405. The committee began reviewing applications in March 2001 and will continue until the position is filled.
For a position as an assistant professor of Hawaiian Literature in the Departments of English and Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, the department seeks someone to teach Hawaiian literature in Hawaiian and English, as well as composition, language, and other literature courses. To be considered, an applicant must have a PhD in English or a relevant field and a high proficiency in written and spoken Hawaiian. Inquiries may be directed to Christina Bacchilega, Chair of the Department of English, at the address above. Applications will be reviewed beginning 28 February 2002.
For a position as an assistant professor of English in creative writing (prose fiction and creative nonfiction) minimum qualifications include a PhD with creative writing emphasis and significant publications; or an MA in English or an MFA in creative writing with at least one book; or equivalent. Inquiries may be directed to Christina Bacchilega, Chair of the Department of English, at the address above. The closing date for applications is 15 November 2001.
Micronesian Seminar’s newest addition to its website is a series of mini-albums compiled from Micronesian Seminar photos. The first album is “The Changing Church.” It contains photos illustrating the changes that have taken place over the past fifty years in the Roman Catholic Church in Pohnpei. The website for the photos is http://www.micsem.org/ie/publications/histwork/albums/index.htm.
The Anthropology Graduate Program at Australian National University has launched a Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development. It aims to provide students with an understanding of the principal ways in which critical social inquiry and method, particularly as developed in anthropology, can be applied to design, development, monitoring, and evaluation processes that involve community dynamics and participation.
The most up-to-date details and information regarding course content, structure, and application instructions for the program in 2002, including detailed unit outlines, can be found on-line at http://anthropology.anu.edu.au/MAAPD.
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