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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.

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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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Social science and the de-orientalization of the subaltern: The future of Pacific discourses

Professor Steve Ratuva – in association with Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies

Political Science & International Relations

Mainstream social science has over the years contributed to the “orientalization” (to use Edward Said’s term) of Pacific peoples by constructing images ranging from romantic “noble savages” to violent personalities, often framed in acceptable academic euphemisms.

The lecture argues for a new intellectual renaissance to de-orientalize social science and enlighten us of the moral perils of socially stratifying humanity on the basis of over-simplistic, culturally prejudiced and ideologically driven constructs.
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  • Date: Wednesday 14 October 2015, 05:00PM to 14 October 2015, 06:00PM
  • Location: A3 Lecture Theatre, North Arts Lecture Block, Ilam Campus