Working Sessions

1. The Pacific in Europe
       | Contact Person: Elisabetha Gnecchi-Ruscone, Beatriz Moral
2. Europe in the Pacific
       | Contact Person: Christian Kaufmann
3. Pacific Modernities (3a+3b)
       | Contact Person: Borut Telban
4. Media (Self-)Representaion
       | Contact Person: Barbara Glowszewski, Jari Kupiainen
5. Histories and Systems: Reconceptualizing "Connectedness" in Oceania
       | Contact Person: Edvard Hviding, Jonathan Friedman
6. Property Rights and Resources
       | Contact Person: Tony Crook
7. Multiculturalism
       | Contact Person: Toon van Meijl
8. Methodologies
       | Contact Person: Hermann Mückler
9. Environmental Changes
       | Contact Person: Christin Kocher-Schmid
10. Regional Perspectives
       | Contact Person Micronesian Forum: Paul Rainbird
       | Contact Person Fiji: Elfriede Hermann, Anette Schade
       | Sub-session Southern Melanesia: cancelled

 

 

1. The Pacific in Europe
Contact Person: Elisabetha Gnecchi-Ruscone, Beatriz Moral
Keywords: Voyagers, missionaries, administrators, art collectors, tourists writers, dreamers, … all of them have represented or imagined Pacific Islanders in one way or another. From the "bon sauvage" to the most feared cannibal, the different perception of how Pacific islanders are seen have fed the imaginations of European researchers over several centuries. In this session these representations of the Pacific will be discussed and analyzed.

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2. Europe in the Pacific
Contact Person: Christian Kaufmann
Keywords: Discoverers, traders, etc., seen through the lense of the "other:" Early contact and its consequences for the indigenous Pacific populations, the introduction of firearms, money and Christianity, concepts of introduced state, nation and legal-bureaucratic procedures, WWII, economic and environmental changes caused by European expliotation.

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3. Pacific Modernities (3a+3b)
Contact Person: Borut Telban
Keywords: Cultural change and continuity, transformations of local cultural models, personhood and agency, consumption and exchange, modern myths and rituals, contemporary forms of social organization.

Due to the fact that a lot of papes were sunmitted for this working session it will be held in two parallel sub-sessions (3a+3b)

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4. Media (Self-)Representaion
Contact Person: Barbara Glowszewski, Jari Kupiainen
Keywords: websites, CD-ROMS, interactive programs at museums, dedicated to indigenous people, produced by academic institutions, but also private initiatives, supply of Oceanic migrants with effective means to reestablish connections, participation in local affairs, people with email access: cultural brokers, middle-persons; authenticity, ethics of knowledge, intellectual copyright, policial and scientific implications of the internet and multimedia expressions, use of new technologies to access archives, re-present old cultural data, current cultural claims, redefining the own identity (the conference will have excellent facilities for audio-visual presentations).

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5. Histories and Systems: Reconceptualizing "Connectedness" in Oceania
Contact Person: Edvard Hviding, Jonathan Friedman
Keywords: Exchange, circulation and migration, historical and regional analysis, globalization and local processes.

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6. Property Rights and Resources
Contact Person: Tony Crook
Keywords: Property, ownership, looking at anthropological resources to help characterize new contexts, tracking the use Oceanic peoples made of their own resources in claiming ownership of their old resources, and how they employ their resources to claim ownership of new contexts.

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7. Multiculturalism
Contact Person: Toon van Meijl
Keywords: Cultural differences, cultural identity, ethno-nationalism, liberalism, postcolonialism. Multiculturalism is an epiphenomenon of globalisation and signals a crisis in the definition of nations and cultural groupings aspiring nationhood. Since communal identities are generally founded on exclusions which are oppressive for some or many, multiculturalism reinforces the quest for cultural identities and cultural differences, not only between communities but also between individual members of different cultural groupings.

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8. Methodologies
Contact Person: Hermann Mückler
Keywords: Advocacy, consultancies, ethics, indigenous methodologies, multisited ethnography/fieldwork, participant observation. The transformation of the traditional field for anthro-pologists challenges the discipline's traditional methodology. An increasing number of professionals are either self-employed as consultant or they act as advocate for their 'informants', while Pacific peoples increasingly claim to have their own, specific 'indigenous methodologies'. At the same time, the globalisation of the world economy and the diaspora of Pacific people across the Pacific Rim demand traditional fieldwork to become multi-sited. Both developments also raise important ethical issues for anthropology's trademark: participant observation.

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9. Environmental Changes
Contact Person: Christin Kocher-Schmid
Keywords: Mining and other environmental challenges, tackling unsustainable forestry, fish stock depletion, damage to coral reefs, overpopulation issues and the environment, conservation using local knowledge, commercial farming developments versus subsistence farming, colonial exploitation of the environment (including the nuclear testing legacy), the implications of global warming for the Pacific.

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10. Regional Perspectives:
This session offers a focus on specific regional features dealing with the general theme. Proposed sub-sessions:
Contact Person Micronesian Forum: Paul Rainbird
     > Call for Papers
Contact Person Fiji: Elfriede Hermann, Anette Schade
     > Call for Papers

Contact Person Southern Melanesia: Anna Paini
The regional session Southern Melanesia has been cancelled! Nevertheless some papers address this region but are integrated in the context of other working sessions.

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