Author Archives: Mike Cookson

A simple geospatial search for Pacific-related content at ANU

[Map key: Independent or Australian, Chilean, French, New Zealand, UK or US affiliates] This map provides a simple geospatial search of the 1000+ archived posts on the Pacific Institute’s Outrigger blog. The pop-up search window (click on a coloured Economic … Continue reading

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‘Relocation in the Pacific’ – workshop report (12 Aug 2013)

Venue: UNSW Law Faculty Boardroom (12 August 2013). Participants: Jane McAdam, Jon Barnett, Bruce Burson (via Skype), John Campbell, John Connell, Beth Ferris, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Rebecca Monson, Kate Purcell, Sarah Williams, Elissa Waters, Fiona Chong. PRESENTATIONS Jane McAdam welcomed participants, explaining that … Continue reading

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Jobs: NARI Director General

The National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) is seeking a new Director General to begin work from December 2013. You may read the full position description on the NARI website. Applicants should note that the incumbent Director General is not seeking re-appointment and that … Continue reading

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Investigating Monumentality in Melanesia

“During the months of May and June, Dr Stuart Bedford began preliminary fieldwork relating to his new ARC funded project Investigating monumentality in Melanesia: the archaeology of ritual architecture on the islands of Malakula, Vanuatu. Prior to the fieldwork archival … Continue reading

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Call for Papers – OCEANSCAPES: cooperation across the Pacific (AAPS Biennial Conference, 22-26 April 2014, Sydney)

“The Pacific Ocean covers one-third of the earth’s surface and contains thousands of islands. Yet, as Epeli Hau’ofa’s seminal paper about the ‘Sea of Islands’ shows, oceans are not a barrier, but highways to contact. This conference employs the concept … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Dr Budi Hernawan OFM !

[Br Budi with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and fellow ANU graduate Rika Korain.] Congratulations to Dr Budi Hernawan for his July graduation for a wonderful PhD thesis, From the Theatre of Torture to the Theatre of Peace: The Politics of … Continue reading

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Pacific Studies scholarships: University of Auckland

The Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland is a global leader in the study of the Pacific Islands. The Centre is an interdisciplinary unit which is home to a large group of scholars specializing in the study … Continue reading

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Refocusing the Australia-PNG Relationship

In his recent article in The Australian Defence Force Journal (Issue No.190, pp. 104-111), SSGM PhD Candidate, Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Blair, discusses ways to refocus and strengthen Australia and Papua New Guinea’s bilateral relationship.

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‘The Pacific Adventures of the Climate Crab’

“A new animation video has been launched aimed at supporting communities across the Pacific to be better prepared for climate change and disasters.

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New from SSGM

The State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program (SSGM) has recently posted the following briefing notes and discussion papers to their new website: In-Brief 2013/1: Witchcraft and Sorcery-Related Killings in Melanesia: Legal Issues In-Brief 2013/2: Politicians and Political Leaders in … Continue reading

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Beloved Land: stories, struggles and secrets from Timor-Leste

by Gordon Peake, Visiting Fellow with the ANU’s State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Project (SSGM). This book is available through Scribe Publications. “At the stroke of midnight on 20 May 2002, the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste became the first new … Continue reading

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Introduction to the Languages of the Pacific (PASI 2020/6020)

[Photo mosaic of Kanjimei village (PNG) by Darja Hoenigman] This course provides an introductory overview to the languages of the Pacific, extending from Timor in the west through the island of New Guinea out through Melanesia into Pacific Polynesia. It … Continue reading

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Paradise Lost? Climate change in the Marshall Islands

On 29 July, Senator Tony de Brum (Minister Assisting the President of the Marshall Islands) gave a public lecture at the ANU (photo by Nicholas Mortimer). This event was hosted by the Pacific Institute and a short summary of Senator de Brum’s presentation is now … Continue reading

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China in the Pacific (recent journal articles)

Several journals have recently featured articles on China’s emerging role in the Pacific Islands, including the special issue of Pacific Affairs (Volume 86 No.2, June 2013) on ‘Global Perspectives on Chinese Investment’ (edited by Paul D’Arcy and Graeme Smith): Asian Investment in … Continue reading

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Justice Delivered Locally: Systems, Challenges and Innovations in Solomon Islands

J4P (Justice for the Poor) Research Report, July 2013. by Matthew Allen, Sinclair Dinnen, Daniel Evans and Rebecca Monson. This major report and its related research “…attempts to understand the nature of disputation and sources of grievance affecting rural communities, … Continue reading

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Call for Applications: 2014 Pacific Research Colloquium – Developing Pacific Scholarship

January 28 to February 7, 2014 (Australian National University, Canberra) State Society and Governance in Melanesia Program (SSGM) is offering twelve scholarship awards to graduate students, scholars and researchers from universities, research institutions, NGOs and other professional bodies in the … Continue reading

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Conflict Management and Resolution: a new course for S2 2013

An exciting new subject is being offered in second semester 2013 as part of the major in Peace, Conflict and War Studies within the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. The subject, Conflict Management and Resolution (ASIA 2087), will … Continue reading

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Welcome, Grant Walton!

In April this year, Grant Walton joined the Crawford School of Public Policy’s Development Policy Centre as a Research Fellow. Grant joins the ANU after having completed his PhD in 2012. Grant’s PhD thesis, undertaken in the Department of Resource … Continue reading

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Statements from Joint meeting on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management in the Pacific

Read closing statements from the Joint meeting on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management in Fiji (8-12 July) on the SPREP website.

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Third International Würm Memorial Symposium honours the late Professor Darrell Tryon

[Photograph: Stefen Würm in 1956.] Date: 17 July 2013 Time: 9:45 for a 10am start to 3:30pm Venue: Chancelry Building #10, Mills room (See the program and venue location) The Würm Symposia were established in 2011 to encourage dialogue between … Continue reading

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Prof. Nick Evans awarded ARC Laureate Fellowship

Professor Nicholas Evans has just been awarded an ARC Laureate Fellowship to pursue research on “the wellsprings of linguistic diversity”. His project “tackles the riddle of why there are so many languages in parts of the world like Australia and … Continue reading

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Pacific issues come under expert gaze

An AusAID account of two recent conferences at the ANU: SSGM’s inaugural State of the Pacific (SOTP 13) and The Development Policy Centre’s PNG and Pacific Update.

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ICH Courier Vol.16

The latest issue of the UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Courier for Asia and the Pacific (ICH Courier #16) is now available. It includes: A summary of the 2013 Sub-regional Information and Network Meeting for Intangible Cultural Heritage Safeguarding in the … Continue reading

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Oceania Group – University of the Third Age (U3A)

[Photo: Dr Henry Ivarature (far left), from the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), addresses the U3A Oceania Group on "Democracy and Regionalism in the Pacific".] by Judy Johnson, Acting Coordinator, Oceania Group of the U3A (ACT). The Oceania … Continue reading

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Plagued: TB and Me

Read this insightful and profoundly affecting personal account of TB in Papua New Guinea – and living with TB – in Jo Chandler’s latest feature on PNG for The Global Mail.

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Sharing Perceptions of Adaptation, Resilience and Climate Knowledge

“UNESCO’s Apia office for the Pacific States is excited to have launched an important and innovative new project in Fiji that will investigate climate change perceptions, decision making and adaptive capacities of communities in the Pacific. The project will also … Continue reading

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Moratorium on new research (and conditions for existing research) in Vanuatu

“As you all aware a Moratorium to research in Vanuatu was approved by the Vanuatu National Cultural Council (VNCC), the Paramount body that regulate research in the Republic of Vanuatu. Many people considered as a stumbling block to research and … Continue reading

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Local Intermediaries in International Exploration Conference

17-18 July 2013, ANU Commons (download program). “The history of exploration has often been thought of as a heroic drama in which the explorer is the principal narrator and protagonist. This two day conference will discuss exploration as a collective effort … Continue reading

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PhD Scholarship with SSGM Program

The State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program (SSGM) is seeking a highly motivated student to pursue doctoral research from early 2014. The scholarship provides an opportunity for an outstanding scholar with a background in political science, anthropology, human geography, … Continue reading

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World Bank updates website

The World Bank has updated significant portions of its website, including its pages for Papua New Guinea and for the Pacific Islands (for the World Bank, this includes – Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, Samoa, Solomon … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: ‘The Peoples of the South Pacific (Oceania) in the First World War: Nation, Nationalism and the Sense of Belonging’ International Conference (Amiens 17-19 April and Rochefort 27-29 May, 2014)

‘Les Océaniens dans la Première Guerre mondiale: Nation, nationalisme et sentiment d’appartenance’ Colloque international (Amiens 17-19 avril et Rochefort 27-29 mai). “The research programme Overseas and South Pacific (Oceania) Destinies, 1914–2018: Nation, Nationalism and the Sense of Belonging (DOMO 14–18), which aims … Continue reading

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Peace in the Pacific (Concert by Fred Smith)

A concert on 13 July 2013 in Canberra to mark the 10th anniversary of the withdrawal of the Peace Monitoring Group in Bougainville and the commencement of RAMSI. Read more about this and other Pacific-related events by clicking the event tab (above) or … Continue reading

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UNESCO World Heritage Site for Fiji (Levuka)

The Historic Port Town of Levuka (Ovalau Island, Fiji) has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List at the 37th Session of the World Heritage Committee, in Phnom Penh (and Siem Reap-Angkor), Cambodia. It is the first site in … Continue reading

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Devpolicy Blog facelift

After 2½ years, nearly 700 posts and 1,000 comments, the Devpolicy Blog has undergone a major facelift. Read more about the changes at Devpolicy.org.

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Don’t Ever Whisper (Biography of Darlene Keju)

by Giff Johnson, published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 17, 2013) via Amazon.com. You may also read more about the book at its website http://www.donteverwhisper.com. This biography “tells the powerful story of a woman from a tiny Pacific island … Continue reading

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SPC Public Health Division’s new Scientific and Technical Expert Group

On 16-17 June 2013, The Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s Public Health Division (PHD) held a meeting in Noumea to establish a new Scientific and Technical Expert Group. The group is intended to “guide PHD’s future direction and priorities, and … Continue reading

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Vale Dennis O’Rourke (1945-2013)

The friends and colleagues of Dennis O’Rourke are deeply saddened by the death of one of the greatest documentary makers of his generation. Dennis died of cancer on June 15 in his home in Cairns surrounded by his partner Tracey … Continue reading

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West Papua – advocacy, dialogue & engagement

On the eve of the MSG Leaders’ Summit, the Pacific Institute for Public Policy argues that, “it’s time to talk frankly and openly about West Papua’s future. Melanesian leaders face a question integral to their collective identity: How and whether West … Continue reading

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Development Policy Centre Annual Report 2012

The ANU’s Development Policy Centre has a mandate to “research and promote discussion of – aid effectiveness, the Pacific and PNG, and development policy”. Read more about their work in the Development Policy Centre’s 2012 Annual Report.  If you don’t have time … Continue reading

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Welcome, Salmah Eva-Lina Lawrence!

Salmah Eva-Lina is a new PhD Candidate in Gender, Sexuality and Culture. She left a decade long career with a global business advisory firm leading risk management practices in London, New York and Sydney to undertake work in international and … Continue reading

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