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.


Joe Balaz
Writer, Artist and Performer, Brecksville, Ohio
The History of Pidgin and Other Stories

Kaili Chun
Artist-in-Residence,Santa Fe Art Institute
Nau Ka Wae (The Choice Belongs to You)

Margo Machida
Associate Professor, Art History and Asian American Studies, University of Connecticut
Positioning Cultures: Contemporary Asian American, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Artists of Hawai`i

Kareva Mateata-Allain
Writer, Scholar and Translator, Humanities, Empire State College, SUNY
Bridging Our Sea of Islands: Me´tissage in French Polynesian Contexts

Adrienne Pao
Visiting Faculty, Photography Department, San Francisco Art Institute and Academy of Art, San Francisco
Hawaiian Cover-Ups

Gary Pak
Writer, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Hawai‘i, Manoa
Living with Spirits: Writing as Activism

 For information, contact: Dina El Dessouky,, Rob Wilson,, or Stacy L. Kamehiro,

Co-sponsored by the Committee on Affirmative Action and Diversity – Diversity Fund, History of Art and Visual Culture, and the Literature Department.