Working Session: Facebook in the Pacific
Organizers: David Lipset and Eric Silverman
We continued our exploration of the relationship between social media and Pacific societies in New Orleans. We had an active and interesting second informal session, although a number of people who had participated in Kaua'i were unable to attend. We remain committed to the project and intend to hold a working session in Auckland at which we expect that drafts of papers will be presented. Topics that were discussed in New Orleans included effects on Samoan language use among Samoan youth living in Auckland, transnational communication among Micronesians on FB, transition from FB to other social media platforms, critical attitudes about FB, youth groups, such as "Planet Tonga," on FB, the relationship of FB to politics in PNG, stratification and FB in PNG, among others.
Those who attended the session in New Orleans were: John Barker, Maggie Cummings, David Lipset, Mariko Nishitani, Helen Lee, Jordan Prokosch, Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop, Juliana Flinn, and Robert Foster.
Those who have expressed interest in Kauai and then subsequently include Karen Brison, Steffen Dalsgaard, Courtney Handman, Alan Howard, Dan Jorgensen, Susanne Kuehling, Guido Pigliasco, Kathleen Adams, Barbara Andersen, Christiane Falck, Nancy Lutkehaus, Nicolas Garnier, Kalaniopua "Kalani" Young, Cristela Garcia-Spitz, Adrian Tanner, Paige West, Derek Milnes, Lise Dobrin, Grant McCall, Alex Golub, Allison Jablonko, John Wagner, Miriam Supuma, Tevita Kaili, Willem Church, Wolfgang Kempf, Yuyun Surya, Jan Rensel, Ryan Schram, Sabina Pearson, and Thomas Strong.
If you are inclined to participate next year, please let us know by sending us a paper title by June 1, 2018. Participants must agree to submit a full working draft of their paper by January 1, 2019. By "draft," we mean at least 10 pages of text (doubled spaced), complete with a thesis or argument.
To assist conversation, we have set up a closed Facebook Group (email Eric if you wish to join) and also [a public bibliography at Google Docs](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BA6RIxUIaTI42Pm3-86OPazCeJZlt2vHdWALYiLlBBQ/edit?usp=sharing).
David Lipset, University of Minnesota <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Eric Silverman, Wheelock College <email@example.com>