Author Archives: Mike Cookson

Interactive map to find The Pacific at The ANU

Use this interactive map to find Pacific content in archived Outrigger pages, at ANU’s College of Asia and The Pacific or among ANU’s Digital Collections. Find ANU Researchers working in the islands or Open Access journal articles. Zoom in to see Pacific … Continue reading

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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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