[URBANTH-L]CFP: Pacific Transnationalism (Melbourne, Australia)
acjancius at ysu.edu
Mon Jul 31 09:32:21 EDT 2006
CALL FOR PAPERS:
Pacific transnationalism: tracing ties to the homelands
La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
November 20-22, 2006
The multiple ties between Pacific diasporic peoples and their homelands
in the islands will be the focus of this international,
multidisciplinary conference. For decades these ties have influenced
the economic, socio-cultural and political dimensions of Islander
communities at home and overseas. These ties are becoming increasingly
complex, with the impact of new travel and communications technologies,
globalisation, and moves towards regional integration.
The conference represents a unique opportunity for academics and
community representatives to discuss a topic that has significant
implications for the future viability of Pacific Island states.
A key outcome of the conference will be a publication on Pacific
Transnationalism and a linked website, which will provide an ongoing
hub for discussion and resources relevant to this topic.
Some of the questions that will be addressed at the conference include:
-How have Pacific transnational practices changed over time?
-What forms does Pacific transnationalism take?
-How do transnational ties impact on Pacific peoples living overseas?
-How do transnational ties affect the relationship between the host
nation and island governments?
-To what extent are Pacific Islanders overseas involved in ‘long
-What transnational ties will be maintained by the second and
subsequent generations overseas?
-How might the future of island nations be affected by changes in
-How might increased regional integration impact on Pacific
-How are ties across the diaspora impacting on ties with the home
-How is Pacific transnationalism similar or different to
Presentations will be 30 minutes, with a further 15 minutes for
discussion. Those interested in presenting a paper are invited to
submit an abstract by August 31, 2006. Registration forms will be sent
to all who express interest. See contact details below for further
information and submission of abstracts:
Sociology and Anthropology
La Trobe University
Melbourne Vic 3086 Australia
Email: h.lee at latrobe.edu.au
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