Working Session: Women and Power in Polynesia
Organizers: Melani Anae, Penelope Schoeffel
At the informal Session in Kauai last year it was agreed that we would not meet in New Orleans in 2018 but that manuscripts would be circulated to encourage cross-citation and shared readership. It was proposed to share new abstracts and/or manuscripts with others who are potentially interested in November 2017 and February 2018 with final manuscripts circulated by November 2018. Our aim was to present final papers at a formal symposium in 2019 at the ASAO conference in Auckland, as quite a few members were not able to attend the New Orleans meeting. Since this meeting only a few papers have been received and circulated with the general consensus that most final papers will be forthcoming in November 2018.
Fortuitously I was able to attend the New Orleans meeting. Thirteen people attended our Session: Saili Doktor, Micah Van Der Ryn, Alphonse Aime, Albert Refiti, Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop, Desiree Chan Chui (PIF Awardee), Makita Nishitani, Mimi George, Helen Lee, Sei O'Brien (PIF Awardee), Kayleigh DeBroyne, Tia Tupuola and myself. Desiree Chan Chui (University of Auckland) talked to her abstract and paper on 'Violence against females in Samoa: 1970-2000', and 2 new abstracts were tabled: 'Multi-generational experiences of young motherhood amongst native Hawaiian' by Veronica Miranda (Santa Clara University), and 'Negotiating the va: new spaces, hierarchies and boundaries for women in Samoa' by A'anoali'i Fuluiafaga (Auckland University of Technology).
There was a very lively discussion during the meeting on a variety of issues relating to Polynesian women disempowerment and re-empowerment with some interesting perspectives from the 9 new session attendees. At the session I advised all that I had put in an application to chair [a session on our topic at the Pacific History Conference at Cambridge in December](https://www.pacifichistoryassociation.net/conferences), and that this would be another opportunity to present final papers before the ASAO Auckland meeting in 2019.
Existing participants with abstracts received and pending are Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop, Phyllis Herda, Penny Schoeffel, Melani Anae, Judith Huntsman, Tanya Samu, Fata Simanu-Klutz, Saili Doktor, Kalissa Alexeyeff, Te Kororia Netana, Tarisi Vunidilo, Pua Rossi-Fukino, Chantelle Matagi, Nuhisifa Williams, Angela Franco, Marama Muru-Lanning, Hadas Ore, Rebekah Matagi Walker, Jacinta Forde, Desiree Chan-Chui, Natalie Toevai, Veronica Miranda, A'anoali'I Fuluiafaga, Ceridwyn Spark, Sili Pita.
If any of the Session attendees at the New Orleans meeting wish to send in an abstract for inclusion in our publication, please contact the organisers.
Melani Anae, Pacific Studies, University of Auckland; <email@example.com>
Penelope Schoeffel, Centre for Samoan Studies, National University of Samoa; <firstname.lastname@example.org>