Category Archives: Features

Posts which feature aspects of the current work of Pacific researchers (including analysis and opinion pieces).

Dennis O’Rourke’s films at the NFSA

The National Film and Sound Archive is featuring acclaimed documentary filmmaker Dennis O’Rourke all this month. Details of the Dennis O’Rourke’s work and the schedule can be found here.

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ANU Archives launches new database

The Australian National University has launched a new archive database which makes national treasures of business, unions and the University available online for the first time. National Archives of Australia Director-General David Fricker launched the new ANU Archives database, which … Continue reading

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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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Reflections on how the Manus Island detention centre promotes gender-based violence

The violence in February this year at the Australian offshore asylum seeker detention centre on Manus Island resulted in the death of asylum seeker Reza… Continue reading

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Priya Chattier joined SSGM as a Pacific Research Fellow

The ANU Pacific Institute would like to welcome Dr Priya Chattier who has recently joined the State Society & Governance in Melanesia Program as a Pacific Research Fellow. Priya’s work is located at the intersections of academic and activist work on gender … Continue reading

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Journal of Pacific History

The Journal of Pacific History is a leading refereed journal dedicated to the study of the Pacific Islands, their peoples and their pasts. In conjunction with the Pacific History Association at the Biennial Pacific History Association Conference, JPH awards the … Continue reading

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Gunson Essay Prize in Pacific History

A prize of AUD$1,000 will be awarded at the 21st Biennial Pacific History Association Conference, in Taipei and Taitung, Taiwan, 3-6th December 2014, for the winner of the Gunson Essay Prize Competition. Postgraduate or senior students from any country are … Continue reading

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Kindred spirits

by JAMES GIGGACHER. A five-year research project on the spread of Christianity in the Pacific is revealing just how much of the human spirit is common to both ‘the West’ and Oceania. “Jolly, who is now a professor of anthropology, … Continue reading

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Nauru rule of law case and the implication for the Pacific

by Bal Kama Australia’s blind eye while rule of law under siege in the Pacific The resignation of the Australian born Nauru Supreme Court Chief Justice Geoffrey Eames last week will go down as one of the most disappointing moments in … Continue reading

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Better protection for custom owners: Key changes in Vanuatu’s new land legislation

by Siobhan McDonnell Last Thursday marked the gazettal of historic land reform legislation in Vanuatu that will radically alter land dealings and provide improved protection of custom owners’ rights in customary land. The new laws consists of four key changes: … Continue reading

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Pacific studies @ ANU in Samoa 2013!

From the Samoa Observer – The Australian National University (ANU), the National University of Samoa (NUS) and the University of the South Pacific (USP), Alafua Campus have partnered in a So’o Collaboration. Focusing on exchanging views and perspectives through Research … 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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Second Chance for Pacific Island Countries to Avoid the Intellectual Property Straightjacket

Last week it was reported that the World Trade Organisation’s TRIPS Council have given Least Developed Countries (LDCs) an exemption from implementing any intellectual property laws until 2021. So what does this mean for the Pacific Islands?  Simply put, it … Continue reading

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‘Governance is Political in Papua New Guinea’

by Dr Bill Standish, Visiting Fellow in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. “Governance is Political in Papua New Guinea” was first published in IBS Journal of Business and Research, Volume 6 (January 2013) by the Institute of … Continue reading

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Papua New Guinea’s Constitution: the fatal flaw

by Dr Christine Stewart Those who crafted The PNG Constitution of 1975, the members of the Constitutional Planning Committee, did their best to ensure that power should belong to the people, as a group, to be exercised in accordance with the Constitution.[1]  They wanted … Continue reading

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