New Session: Pacific Youth: Pacific Futures
Organizer: Helen Lee
Saturday, February 11, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Jasmine 1
There has been strong interest in this session on Pacific youth, which will now be a working session for 2017. The session will focus on youth in the islands and the diaspora. Ideally, discussion will cover both the problems youth face – the ‘youth bulge’, unemployment, youth violence, etc – and more positive perspectives such as youth civic engagement and leadership, Pacific youth networks, and youth involvement with the arts. The impact on Pacific youth of processes of glob- alisation, transnationalism and the digital age will also be important to consider. It is nearly twenty years since the publication of the ASAO monograph Adolescence in Pacific Island Societies (Herdt and Leavitt, eds, 1998) and the aim of this session is to begin work towards a new collection of papers on Pacific youth today. In addition, I welcome into the session any contributions on Pacific childhoods, which have received even less at- tention in recent years than youth, both in anthropology and in the development literature.
Participants with draft papers will be encouraged to pre- circulate these in January and during the session all participants will have time to outline their research and discuss plans for a symposium in 2018 and a subsequent publication. Currently participants (not all of whom can attend in 2017) include Imelda Ambelye, Jennifer Anayo, Doris Bacalzo, Aidan Craney, Daniel Evans, Sylvia Frain, Fiva Fualua, Mary Good, Rachel Hicks, Tate LeFevre, Helen Lee, Christopher Little, Caleb Marsters, Kirsten McGavin, Sei O’Brien, Waisele Ramoce, Judith Schachter, Mary Spencer, Jemaima Tiatia Seath, and Patrick Vakaoti.
Helen Lee, La Trobe University