Informal Session: Uta ma Tai: Inside looking out in Pacific Island scholarship
Organizers: Togialelei Safua Akeli Ama'ama, Brian Alofaituli, Masami Tsujita Levi
In this session we will reflect on knowledge imperialism in Pacific Island studies. To illustrate: the Centre for Samoan Studies at the National University of Samoa constantly requests for our assistance or facilitation - from researchers or consultants planning work in Samoa, Pacific research groups in rich countries seeking collaborations, or academics planning field trips for their students. While we usually welcome these interactions we also complain that they seldom come with funding for our services. Our academic staff long to attend career-building international academic conferences but few may attend unless funded to do so. Even on-line opportunities for participation are beyond our means due to costs and technical resources. Are there solutions? We discuss some of the positive opportunities we have experienced and we invite participation from others in universities and research institutions in Pacific Island States.
Togialelei Safua Akeli Ama'ama, Centre for Samoan Studies, National University of Samoa, <email@example.com>