Working Session: Women and Power in Polynesia
Twenty-one people expressed interest in this informal session that explored historical institutions that protected or empowered women in Polynesian societies, and also the impacts of modernity/globalisation that may have disempowered, or re-empowered women in new ways. At the session, thirteen participants attended the meeting, nine abstracts were circulated, four participants
presented their abstracts, and nine more participants joined our group. The abstracts presented and received covered a variety of perspectives. There was lively discussion and debate on ‘Polynesian woman power’ across Polynesia and its intersections with western feminism and black womanism; Polynesian women at home in the islands and those in transnational spaces who question and reject feminism and warm to the idea of womanism (Phillps 2006); and those who have been debating the uniqueness and viability of Polynesian woman power as a concept in its own right.
The group discussed working and circulating manuscripts with session participants to encourage
cross – citation and shared readership. With this in mind we propose 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 is to present final papers at a formal symposium in 2019 at the ASAO conference in Auckland, as quite a few members may not be able to attend the New Orleans meeting. We plan to collectively publish, and an expression of interest to publish has been received.
Participants going forward 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.
If you are interested in joining our group 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>