Pacific Islands Monograph Series (PIMS) Panel and Book Launch : “ Anti colonial Resistance in Melanesia ”

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When: Mar 6 2014 - 3:00pm until Mar 6 2014 - 5:00pm
Where: John a. Burns Hall, Room 3121/3125
What:

The UHM Center for Pacific Islands Studies, Department of History, Department of Anthropology,
UH Press, and Pacific Islands Development Program at the East-West Center present
Pacific Islands Monograph Series (PIMS) Panel and BookLaunch:

“Anticolonial Resistance in Melanesia”


David Akin, Independent scholar, and David Chappell, UHM Department of
History

Chaired by Tarcisius Kabutaulaka, UHM Center for Pacific Islands
Studies



Maasina Rule beyond Recognition: A Short History of Scholarly Distortion by David Akin
While researching his recent book, Colonialism, Maasina Rule, and the Origins of Malaitan Kastom,
about the postwar Maasina Rule movement in the Solomon Islands, David Akin was struck by the
astonishing amount of misinformation that historians, anthropologists, and others have published
about the movement over the past sixty-plus years. His presentation will highlight key themes in this
history of errors and trace their origins to archival obstruction, purposeful misrepresentation, and
theoretical muddles.

David Akin is an anthropologist and independent scholar living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is
Managing Editor of the journal Comparative Studies in Society and History and teaches at the
University of Michigan. He has just published Colonialism, Maasina Rule, and the Origins of
Malaitan Kastom (2013) and is writing another book about changing women’s taboos in Kwaio.

The Kanak Awakening: The Syncretic Anticolonialism of New Caledonia’s Red Scarves by
David Chappell
France annexed New Caledonia in 1853. A century later Paris granted autonomy to the territory but
then began to withdraw self-governing powers in order to keep control of local mining. That political
regression, plus massive new immigration because of a nickel boom, led local students who had
studied in France to form a multiethnic independence movement in 1969 called the Foulards Rouges
(Red Scarves), which grew into a Kanak nationalist uprising by the 1980s. This talk will examine the
syncretism between indigenous cultural nationalism and leftist anticolonialism.

David Chappell is Associate Professor of Pacific Islands History at UH Mānoa and has just published
The Kanak Awakening: The Rise of Nationalism in New Caledonia (2013).

A light reception and book signing will follow the presentations.

Latest PIMS volumes Colonialism, Maasina Rule, and the Origins of Malaitan Kastom and
The Kanak Awakening: The Rise of Nationalism in New Caledonia will be available at 20% off list price.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Katherine Higgins
Phone: 956-2658