THIS RESEARCH PROJECT IS CURRENTLY INACTIVE.
Islands of Globalization was a collaborative research and instructional project of the Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP) and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies (CPIS), funded by the Ford Foundation. The project sought 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 focused on the Caribbean and Pacific regions and pursued 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 established collaborative relationships with educational institutions in the Pacific and Caribbean to explore historical and contemporary linkages between the regions, and to develop shared curriculum. Other outcomes included faculty and student exchanges, scholarly publications, and multi-media products. Some of the conceptual issues were explored in a graduate seminar on globalization offered by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies in Spring 2004, and in a parallel speaker series including speakers from the Caribbean and Pacific.