Informal Session: Rethinking Labor and Work in the Global Pacific
Organizers: Mary K Good and 'Inoke Hafoka
“Rethinking Work and Labor in the Global Pacific” was a lively and productive session with 12 participants and 8 other interested individuals who were unable to attend because of scheduling conflicts or who were not able to come to Hilo this year. Our session proceeded in the talanoa style where all attendees shared ideas, offered insights, and asked questions. Over the course of our conversation, several overarching themes emerged, including: Time, temporalities, and diverse structures of time as it relates to work; Tensions surrounding value and how value is defined (for example, values of tradition, love, responsibility, land, and experience, versus capitalist notions of value); Diverse trajectories of labor and pathways of “work experience;” Positionality, status, and disruptions/tensions of such; Family ties; Reciprocity; and Futures/Future orientations in labor. Other ideas that were noted but were not discussed in detail included gender, religion and religious work, the role of researchers/fieldwork-as-labor, and the materiality of la- bor. We plan to move to a Working Session next year and welcome additional contributors. Plans for circulating papers as well as a shared literature resource will be distributed via email to interested participants.
For more information please contact Mary Good at <email@example.com>
We had about 13-15 people attend (include co-organizers) and we felt it went well. We had received a lot of interest prior to the conference, but many were not able to attend. However, together with those in attendance and those that had interest, we felt confident that this session will continue and that we'll be able to move forward to have papers available to discuss at the next ASAO. In terms of themes during the session, there was a lot to take in and Dr. Good and myself will hopefully gather our notes to solidify themes that reflect the knowledge gained and shared during our session.
For more information please contact Inoke Hafoka at <firstname.lastname@example.org>