Informal Session: Anthropologists Facing Decolonization in the Pacific: Actors, Witnesses, or Victims of History? (!)
This session aims to explore how Pacific peoples have faced—and continue to face—major political changes towards self-government and/or self-determination in the Pacific, from WWII through the present day. Participants are expected to focus on case studies firmly grounded within a specific time and place, and may either reflect on their own experience and/or draw on the research and life history of a colleague. The session does not intend to rehash well-known debates on anthropology as a colonial science par excellence. It rather aims to address specific questions such as:
How did the political and social transformations of the time actually reshape, or not, the practice of anthropology (objects, fieldwork, methods, writing…) ?
What was the impact of the anthropologist’s involvement in this specific context on his/her political commitment and personal life?
How did new political conditions reframe his/her relations to the late colonial state, the newly independent state, and the local political organizations?
The session wishes to gather contributions which would reflect the wide diversity of both geographical and historical contexts of decolonization in Oceania. Papers might encompass past and present situations (post- WWII colonial reformism, independencies of the 60’s and 70’s, contemporary struggles for self-determination, etc.) as well as formally independent countries and non- autonomous territories.
For more information or express your interest in partici- pating, please contact the organizers.
Marie Salaün, L’Université Paris Déscartes <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Benoît Trépied, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales - EHESS <email@example.com>