PACIFIC ISLANDS, ATLANTIC WORLDS symposium, October 25-27, 2001

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at
Thu Oct 11 19:57:50 UTC 2001

A Pacific Islands Studies Symposium at New York University,
October 25-27, 2001
Hosted by Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute of New
York University

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? Pacific Islands, Atlantic Worlds will
explore zones of artistic, academic, and political contact between
Pacific Islands and Atlantic Worlds. Building on other diasporic and
institutional initiatives, this symposium emphasizes resource-sharing
for scholars researching and teaching about the Pacific Islands on the
East Coast and U.S. continent. The symposium will provide an
introduction to a broad range of developments in Pacific Studies to an
East Coast audience, bringing together faculty from the Pacific region
with scholars and students on the U.S. continent.

In taking a critical cultural studies and transnational approach, the
symposium builds on other recent conferences, which have looked at
issues for the future of Pacific studies, the Pacific diaspora, and
representations of the Pacific in literature and film.

Screenings of contemporary films from the Pacific Islander diaspora
preface the symposium,
Monday ­ Wednesday, October 22 - 24, 2001,
6:00 PM ­ 7:30 PM

MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2001, 6:00 PM: ‘Realities and Fantasies of
Contemporary Oceania’
NYU Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program & Institute, 269 Mercer St.
Matou Uma (dir. Justine Simei-Barton, New Zealand, 25 min)
The Overstayer (dir. Justine Simei-Barton, New Zealand, 25 min)
Brown Sugar (dir. Justine Simei-Barton, New Zealand, 15 min)
Just Dancing (dir. Vilsoni Hereniko, Hawaii, 10 min.)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2001, 6:00 PM: ‘War or Peace?’
NYU Jurow Lecture Hall, 101A Main Building, 100 Washington Square East
Feathers of Peace (dir. Barry Barclay, New Zealand, 85 min)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2001, 6:00 PM: ‘Pacific Women from New York to
New Zealand’
NYU Jurow Lecture Hall, 101A Main Building, 100 Washington Square East
Aunty Betty (dir. Adria L. Imada, USA, 22 min)
Velvet Dreams (dir. Sima Urale, New Zealand, 46 min)
O Tamaiti (dir. Sima Urale, New Zealand, 10 min)

A gallery exhibition will kick off the symposium with an art exhibit
opening and reception for:
art & video by Samoans in Amelika (America)
featuring artists Jewel Castro and Dan Taulapapa McMullin
Thursday, October 25, 2001, 5:30 ­ 7:00 PM
NYU Asian/Pacific/American Studies Gallery, 269 Mercer St. #609

PANELS & ROUNDTABLES will be held on OCTOBER 26 & 27, 8:30 AM ­ 6:30 PM
NYU Main Building, 100 Washington Square East, Hemmerdinger Hall, First

* Identifying the 'Native' in Pacific Studies
* Anthropological Engagements with Self-Determination and Decolonization
* U.S. Continental Pacific Islander Diaspora
* Resource-Sharing: Pacific Studies Developments Outside of Oceania
* Shifting Currents: Pacific Cultural Productions
* Remaking Pacific Music
* Multiplicity: A Dialogue with Artists, Writers, and Performers
* Locating Pacific Museum Collections on the East Coast
* Teaching Pacific Studies on the East Coast

The symposium also features:
Friday, October 26, 2001, 8:00 PM
NYU Main Building, 100 Washington Square East, Hemmerdinger Hall, First
Salt Water Feet, Multi-media dance production by Julia Gray and
Katerina Teaiwa
Water, Reading by Dan Taulapapa McMullin
Salt Water Tongue, Readings by Teresia Teaiwa
Paradise Lost, Readings by Vaimoana Litia Makakaufaki Niumeitolu


Hokulani K. Aikau, University of Minnesota
Paul Beelitz, American Museum of Natural History
Jewel Castro, University of California, San Diego and San Diego State
Elizabeth DeLoughrey, Cornell University
Vicente M. Diaz, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Deborah Elliston, State University of New York, Binghamton
Julia Gray, choreographer/dancer, Australia
Christina Hellmich, Peabody Essex Museum
April Henderson, University of California - Santa Cruz
Vilsoni Hereniko, University of Hawai`i,-Manoa
Adria L. Imada, New York University
J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Wesleyan University
Eric Kjellgren, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Tricia Yi-Chun Lin, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Matt Matsuda, Rutgers University
Dan Taulapapa McMullin, writer & artist, California
Sally Merry, Wellesley College
Fred Myers, New York University
Vaimoana Litia Makakaufaki Niumeitolu, artist, New York
Michael Perez, California State University, Fullerton
Glenn Peterson, City University of New York
Te Ahukaramu Charles Royal, Te Wananga-o-Raukawa, New Zealand/Aotearoa
Andrew Ross, New York University
Angel Velasco Shaw, New York University & Asian CineVision
William Siegman, Brooklyn Museum of Art
Jack Tchen, New York University
Katerina Teaiwa, Australian National University
Teresia Teaiwa, Victoria University, New Zealand
Anne-Marie Tupuola, New York University and Columbia University
Virginia-Lee Webb, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Please visit the official Pacific Islands, Atlantic Worlds website for the full program schedule and more
downloaded from the website and faxed to (212) 995-4705.

For additional information, contact Asian/Pacific/American Studies
Program & Institute, 269 Mercer Street Suite 609, New York, New York,
10003, tel. (212) 998-3700; email apa.studies at

The Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai`i,
Manoa is a co-sponsor of this symposium, which will also serve as the
center's twenty-sixth annual conference. Pacific Islands, Atlantic
Worlds is also co-sponsored by the NYU Department of Anthropology; NYU
American Studies Program; and NYU Center for Culture, Media and

The symposium organizing committee is Adria L. Imada (convener, New
York University); Dr. J. Kehaulani Kauanui (Wesleyan University); Dr.
John K.W. (Jack) Tchen (New York University); and Dr. Anne-Marie
Tupuola (New York University and Columbia University).

Adria L. Imada
New York University
American Studies Program
Ph.D. Candidate

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