November 12–13, 2015 | 8:30a–4:30p |  Burns 3015

Old Roots, New Routes in the French-Speaking Islands of the Pacific

Please join us for the multi-day Oceania Ensemble Colloquium illuminating some of the extraordinary and current research in the region featuring scholars from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), the Université de la Polynésie Française (UPF), and the Université de la Nouvelle-Calédonie (UNC).


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The French-Speaking Oceania and Asia Initiative seeks to enhance the creative and scholarly presence of colleagues from the French-speaking Pacific Islands in scholarly discourse at UHM. Please join us for a multi-day symposium illuminating some of the extraordinary and current research in the region featuring scholars from UHM, UPF, and UNC. This interdisciplinary symposium will explore a wide range of themes including issues of land and language, history and economy, gender and the body, wellness, and nature. The colloquium is intended to illuminate the breadth and depth of contemporary research in the French-speaking islands of Oceania. Given the underserved and broad, interdisciplinary interests in the French-speaking Pacific at UHM, the results will inform a strong sense of the diversity and methodological “cutting edge” of contemporary work in these islands of the Pacific.

Oceania Ensemble is dedicated to increasing awareness and visibility of both UH and international creative and critical scholarship in the French-speaking Pacific and is sponsored by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies; the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies; the UHM Departments of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas, French, English, Ethnic Studies, History, and Anthropology, Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures and the Tahitian Program; the Hamilton Library Pacific Collection, the Alliance Française, the Pacific Islands Development Program and the East-West Center.