HONOLULU, Hawaii (Center for Pacific Islands Studies, Jan. 13) - "Re-imagining Indigenous Cultures: The Pacific Islands" is the topic for an East-West Center Summer Institute for College Teachers this year.

The five-week institute from June 30 running through August 2003 will bring together 25 participants for a program of talks and discussions focusing on the cultural and political formations of indigenous identities in the Pacific Islands.

The program is made possible with support from the University of Hawaii Center for Pacific Islands Studies National Endowment for the Humanities.

For scholars new to the region, it will also offer an introduction and overview of this culturally complex area.

The Pacific has been host to remarkable histories of cultural encounter, colonization, and globalization.

The institute will utilize cultural commentary and artistic works by Pacific Islanders as well as ethnographic and historical writings on the Pacific to explore these histories and their legacies in the present.

The concern with the representation of indigenous peoples is pertinent to a variety of disciplinary interests, including anthropology, history, literature, film studies, religion, politics, women’s studies, and ethnic studies.

The institute grows out of previous programs sponsored by the East-West Center and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies aimed at expanding teaching about the Pacific Islands in the United States and elsewhere.

The institute is directed by Geoffrey White, senior fellow at the East-West Center and professor of anthropology at the University of Hawaii.

Institute faculty include Barry Barclay, Vicente Diaz, Epeli Hau‘ofa, Margaret Jolly, J Kehaulani Kauanui, Teresia Teaiwa, and Albert Wendt, as well as UH faculty.

Participants will receive a stipend of US$3,250, provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Participation is limited to full-time faculty at colleges and universities in the United States or associated Pacific states.

January 13, 2003

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