May 24, 2008 – Pacific Islands Research Cluster Colloquium: Writing / Imaging Postmodern Oceania
Saturday, May 24 / 9 AM – 4 PM / Porter College, D248
During this colloquium of artists,writers, and scholars, the Pacific Islands Research Cluster will approach the challenges and possibilities of framing hybridity and cross-cultural mixtures in contexts of indigenous struggles in and around postmodern Oceania. We will consider together what is at stake in claiming or constructing a specific identity or set of identities (i.e. indigenous, local, settler, national, transoceanic) among the wide range of ethnic and cultural groups prevalent in Oceania and in the Oceanic diaspora.
Writer, Artist and Performer, Brecksville, Ohio
The History of Pidgin and Other Stories
Artist-in-Residence,Santa Fe Art Institute
Nau Ka Wae (The Choice Belongs to You)
Associate Professor, Art History and Asian American Studies, University of Connecticut
Positioning Cultures: Contemporary Asian American, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Artists of Hawai`i
Writer, Scholar and Translator, Humanities, Empire State College, SUNY
Bridging Our Sea of Islands: Me´tissage in French Polynesian Contexts
Visiting Faculty, Photography Department, San Francisco Art Institute and Academy of Art, San Francisco
Writer, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Hawai‘i, Manoa
Living with Spirits: Writing as Activism
Co-sponsored by the Committee on Affirmative Action and Diversity – Diversity Fund, History of Art and Visual Culture, and the Literature Department.