New Proposed Sessions
Formal Symposium: Contested Sovereignties in the (Post)Colonial Pacific
This symposium wrapped up our three-year conversation about sovereignties in the French colonial and postcolonial Pacific. Presenters drew nuanced attention to distinct and divergent historical and contemporary engagements, negotiations, and contestations of sovereignty in French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, and Vanuatu. As with prior years, the conversation between the papers and presentations highlighted the comparability, diverse experience, and historical
trajectories of French colonization across Oceanic contexts. And, papers called into empirical visibility the complicated field of actors engaged in engendering, maintaining, transforming, or seeking to disestablish forms of sovereignty on the ground, within law or governance, or in the normative wilds. At the end of the session, an interesting and unexpected contribution emerged during general discussion when Grant McCall came forward with a potential contribution documenting the influence of French colonial norms and practices, in the absence of a French colonial presence, through the operations and practices of the Chilean state in Rapa Nui.
Presenters included Emily Donaldson*, Isabelle Leblic, Tate Lefevre, Pierre-Yves Le Meur, Lamont Lindstrom, Alexander Mawyer, and Hamid Mokaddem*. The organizers are grateful for potent, insightful, and generous comments and feedback from a number of other colleagues present. With a very coherent group of papers, we are seeking collective publication. (* in absentia)
Pierre-Yves Le Meur, IRD, Noumea, New Caledonia; <email@example.com>;
Alexander Mawyer, CPIS, The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; <firstname.lastname@example.org>