Symposia: Women and Power in Polynesia
Organizers: Melani Anae and Penelope Schoeffel
At the Working Session in New Orleans in February 2018 we decided that manuscripts would be circulated to encourage cross – citation and shared readership. We have received several papers already and wish to share new abstracts and/or manuscripts with others who are potentially interested with final manuscripts to be circulated by November 2018. Our aim is to present final papers at ASAO conference in Auckland, February 2019.
At 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.
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 or others wish to send in an abstract for inclusion in our publication, please contact the organisers.
Melani Anae, Pacific Studies, Te Wānanga o Waipapa, University of Auckland <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Penelope Schoeffel, Centre for Samoan Studies, National University of Samoa <email@example.com>