Tag Archives: Macmillan Brown Centre

Should New Zealand accept Pacific climate change migrants into the country?

The question of whether New Zealand should accept Pacific climate change migrants into the country will be the hot topic of discussion by a distinguished panel representing diverse sections of society (politics, academia, policy community and civil society) as part of the annual Macmillan Brown lecture series at the University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha (UC).

  • Date: 18 October at 6:00 – 8:00pm
  • Location: A1 Lecture Theatre

The panellists:

  • Dr Megan Woods is minister responsible for greater Christchurch regeneration, energy and resources, research, science and innovation, and responsibility for the earthquake Commission. She was responsible for climate change for the Labour Party while in opposition.
  • Mr Lopeti Senituli is the political and media advisor to the prime minister of Tonga, former CEO of Internal Affairs and former prominent regional peace activist, environmentalist and human rights campaigner.
  • Dr Iati Iati is a political scientist and Pacific specialist at the University of Otago. He is co-deputy president of the Pacific Islands Political Studies Association. 
  • Dr Darren Brunk is a peace studies expert and humanitarian specialist for Oxfam.

While countries around the world have committed themselves to engaging with the climate change threat and building up resilience, there has been little discussion on commitment to potential climate change migrants. Many people in Pacific island states such as Kiribati, Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands fear being enveloped by the encroaching sea. What do we do with those leaving their island countries if they become inundated or ‘sink’?

Will Aotearoa New Zealand and other big countries extend a helping hand?    

The idea is to extend the discussions beyond just the environmental, economic, technological, political and ideological narratives into the humanitarian realm.  This is part of a broader project by the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies (MBC) at UC to re-imagine innovative approaches to broader global, regional and local issues such as climate change and migration, using the critical humanity discourse.

The panel night will also include the presentation of prizes by the minister to the winners of the schools climate change essay writing competition organized by MBC. The event is open to the public. 

Event: Oceanic Memory – islands, ecologies, people

Oceanic Memory: islands, ecologies, people
30 November – 2 December, 2017

UC Arts, 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch

Nau Mai Haere Mai | Welcome | Afio Mai | Aere Mai | Malo e me’a mai | Fakatalofa atu | Veikidavaki | Fakaalofa lahi atu | Ulu tonu mai

Memories are complex, selective, and evolve over time. Some memories are hegemonic and powerful and some are subordinate and marginalized. This conference seeks to address the complex politics of cultural memory in the Pacific from a variety of critical perspectives.

This three day event features international keynote speakers from Australia, Fiji and the USA as well as UC’s very own Director of the the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, Professor Steven Ratuva.

Hosted by the College of Arts and the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies in conjunction with Memory Research in Aotearoa Network.

Find out more and get tickets here>

Applications sought for Pacific artist residency at UC

UC’s Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies and Creative New Zealand are inviting expressions of interest from Pacific artists for a three month art residency at UC.

Applicants should have some expertise and experience in any one of the following areas:

  • fine art
  • carving
  • tattooing
  • music
  • weaving
  • pottery
  • dancing
  • graphic design
  • poetry
  • creative writing
  • new media art and other forms of creative expression.

The residency aims to promote Pacific art to the university community as well as nationally, regionally and internationally.

The residency is worth $18,000 for the three months and the artist will be required to present his/her work by way of exhibition or performance or a seminar presentation during or at the end of the residency. The selection panel will also be looking for an artist who is willing to engage and share his/her work with interested students and staff when available. Participation in university and Pasifika community outreach events is also encouraged should such opportunities arise.

Applicants must send in:

  1. a) a copy of updated CV, clearly stating areas of artistic experience and expertise;
  2. b) a one page project proposal explaining what you want to do including: the key ideas/themes of your project; rationale (why you are doing it); output (what you hope to produce); potential impact (some benefits to the community); and what is unique about your project.

Short-listed applicants may be asked to submit further information if required. The residency is due to start in mid-April 2017

Applications should be sent as attachment (preferably in PDF) to Patricia Ydgren at patricia.ydgren@canterbury.ac.nz.

The closing date is March 15 2017.

See more details here

New Zealand-Fijian UC academic wins award

UC political sociologist, Professor Steve Ratuva, has won a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to carry out research as a visiting professor in three leading United States universities, namely Duke University in North Carolina, Georgetown University in Washington DC and University of California in Los Angeles.

He will carry out research on “Horizontal inequality and affirmative action—a comparative study of Pacific Island minorities in New Zealand and United States” and will work in partnership with some of the world’s leading experts in the field.

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Dynamic Pacific open access journal – call for articles

An online and open access journal, ‘Pacific Dynamics: Journal of Interdisciplinary Research’,  invites articles for its first issue which is due to be published in June 2017.

It is published by the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies with the support of Digital Humanities, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Questioning dominant ideas and transcending the traditional boundaries of formal disciplines, while maintaining one’s core area of expertise, can be enriching and reflective of the complexity of the contemporary world.

The journal attempts to respond to the need for critical, open and interdisciplinary approach to research. The journal aims to promote rigorous debates on theoretical discourses, applied knowledge and policy issues regarding the Pacific Islands, including New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Rim using multiple prisms.

Articles are accepted from diverse areas of study including gender studies, indigenous studies, conflict-peace-security studies, minority studies, politics, international relations, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, education, philosophy, literature, development studies, economics, marine studies, environmental studies and others not mentioned here.

The deadline for submission of the manuscript is March 31, 2017.

Two types of articles will be published:

1. full-length articles (6,000-7,000 words)

2. short critical essays (2,000-3,000 words).

Articles must be in word format. Please send to Emma Puloka (emma.puloka@pg.canterbury.ac.nz).