Center for Pacific Island Studies
The center is involved in a number of innovative, collaborative projects involving faculty and staff from other institutions within and outside the region, such as the University of the South Pacific, the University of the West Indies, and the East-West Center. These collaborative projects expand the outreach of the center, enhance learning opportunities for our students, and capitalize on the strengths of the resources at each institution. Recent collaborative projects include
Pacific Alternatives is a research program headed by Edvard Hviding, an anthropologist with the University of Bergen Pacific Studies Research Group. The project will examine contemporary connections in the Pacific between expanding perceptions of cultural heritage and the emergence of new political forms, in response to challenges of global political economy. The project includes components of training and education, scholarship programs for students and scholars from Pacific Island nations, scholarly and financial support of cultural centers and museums in the Pacific Islands, a series of international conferences, and a publication and dissemination program that includes a “virtual museum” and a range of educational materials for use in schools and distance learning in the Pacific Islands. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway. In addition to the the University of Bergen and the UHM Center for Pacific Islands Studies, major partners include the UHM Department of Anthropology, the East-West Center Pacific Islands Development Program, the Solomon Islands National Museum, the Vanuatu Cultural Centre, the British Museum, and the James Cook University Department of Anthropology, Archaeology, and Sociology.
As a part of the the Pacific
Alternatives research program, an international conference, "Pacific
Alternatives: Cultural Heritage and Political Innovation in Oceania," was
held in Honolulu, Hawai`i, 24–27 March 2009.
Islands of Globalization Project
Islands of Globalization is a collaborative research and instructional project of East-West Center’s Pacific Islands Development Program and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, funded by the Ford Foundation. The project seeks to enhance understandings of the origins, nature, and consequences of globalization from the perspective of small island societies, and in the context of changing notions of "islandness." Islands of Globalization focuses on the Caribbean and Pacific regions, and pursues pedagogical, policy, and popular research that engages different types of audiences: intellectuals, academics, and students; artists; policy makers; and members of the general public. The project has established collaborative relationships with educational institutions in the Pacific and Caribbean, including the University of the South Pacific, the University of Papua New Guinea, and the University of the West Indies, to explore historical and contemporary linkages between the regions, and to develop shared curricula. Other outcomes include faculty and student exchanges, scholarly publications, and multimedia products. Some of the conceptual issues are explored in a graduate seminar on globalization offered by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, and in a parallel speaker and film series that includes speakers from the Caribbean and Pacific. Center faculty Terence Wesley-Smith is a member of the Islands of Globalization planning team. For more information visit the project website.