PACIS500-20B (HAM)

Critical Pacific Studies

30 Points

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Paper Description

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In this paper we will identify, explore and engage with the key strands of scholarship about Pacific studies. We will consider the field as a field, noting the accumulation of voices and perspectives across time, paying attention to major sites, individuals, themes, preoccupations and concerns of Pacific studies scholarship.

The paper is structured by four modules: the first traces the idea of Pacific Studies as a field/ discipline; the second looks at different ways of conceptualising the region; the third traces considers different ways of 'doing' Pacific Studies; and finally we look to the horizons and think about what may come next for Critical Pacific Studies.

Although PACIS500 is convened by one person in 2020, other Pacific thinkers will contribute to the paper in numerous ways: through face to face discussions with our class, and through their words on various pages.

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Paper Structure

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We will meet every Wednesday 2-5pm for a workshop-style session.This session gives us a chance to talk about readings, connect with the kaupapa of the week, meet with other scholars who will join us for particular sessions, and continue our trimester-long conversation about the genealogy, shape and potential of Critical Pacific Studies.

Please ensure you have completed assigned readings so we can have a good discussion about the key ideas of each workshop.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Trace the development of Pacific studies as a field, discipline, and inter-discipline

    Linked to the following assessments:
    'Tracking the discipline' map (1)
    Intellectual genealogy project (3)
  • Identify, source, evaluate and analyse the work of Pacific thinkers

    Linked to the following assessments:
    Critical reading log - checking in (2)
    Intellectual genealogy project (3)
    Research project: oral presentation (5% abstract, 20% presentation) (4)
    Critical reading log - final (5)
  • Describe the diverse perspectives of Pacific studies scholarship, especially but not only in relation to Indigenous, migrant, diasporic and transnational experiences

    Linked to the following assessments:
    Intellectual genealogy project (3)
    Research project: oral presentation (5% abstract, 20% presentation) (4)
    Critical reading log - final (5)
  • Deliver a clear, coherent and research-based presentation about relevant original research
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Research project: oral presentation (5% abstract, 20% presentation) (4)
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. 'Tracking the discipline' map
5 Aug 2020
2:00 PM
25
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
2. Critical reading log - checking in
19 Aug 2020
2:00 PM
10
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
3. Intellectual genealogy project
11 Sep 2020
4:30 PM
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Research project: oral presentation (5% abstract, 20% presentation)
7 Oct 2020
2:00 PM
25
  • Presentation: In Class
5. Critical reading log - final
14 Oct 2020
2:00 PM
15
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Wed 22 July - Foundational critical conversations about Pacific Studies

T Teaiwa "Charting Pacific (Studies) waters: evidence of teaching and learning."

Wesley-Smith "Rethinking Pacific Studies twenty years on"

Konai Helu Thaman "Decolonizing Pacific studies; Indigenous perspectives, knowledge, and wisdom in higher education."

Wed 29 July - Pacific Studies and other disciplines

The Contemporary Pacific 13.2 (especially the intro)

American Studies 67.3 (especially the intro)

Diaz "To P or not to P" Marking the territory for Pacific Islander and Asian American Studies"

Tiara Na'puti: "Oceanic possiblities for Communication Studies"

Hviding "Between knowledges: Pacific Studies and academic disciplines"

Wed 5 August - Oceania, Pacific, Moana - ??

Wendt "Towards a new Oceania"

Hau'ofa "Our Sea of Islands"

M Crocombe "The Canoe is Afloat"

K Teaiwa "Reframing Oceania: lessons from Pacific Studies"

Craig Santos Perez "Transterritorial currents and the imperial terrapelago"

Wed 12 August - Networks: connections, empire, disconnections, reconnections, diaspora

Tracey Banivanua-Mar "Introduction" Decolonisation and the Pacific

Lee Kava "Pulse in the atlas: Liberation embodied in Pacific Islander movement"

Kabutaulaka "Re-presenting Melanesia: Ignoble Savages and Melanesian Alter-Natives"

Spitz "Identity: How"

Wed 19 August - Specificities: Indigeneity and the view from 'home'

Readings this week will be assigned by students in PACIS500

Wed 9 September - Doing our own projects

no required reading

Wed 16 September - The work is research: Pacific Studies questions, methods, bookshelves

Naepi, S. E. (2019). Masi methodology: centring Pacific women’s voices in research. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 15 (3), 234-242.

more tbc

Wed 23 September - The work is teaching, disseminating, sharing

Pacific Level Up youtube series

T Teaiwa "Preparation for deep learning: a reflection on 'teaching' Pacific studies in the Pacific" Journal of Pacific History 2011

Levalasi Ane Loi-On "Concrete Ocean: Critical Pacific Islands and Oceans Studies pedagogy" (Masters thesis - specific pages to be confirmed)

Wed 30 September - The work is changing the world

TP Fairburn-Dunlop "Reconnecting to our sea of islands: Pacific Studies in the next decade"

Wed 7 October - Research presentations

no required reading

Wed 7 October - Looking to the horizon

no required reading

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Online Support

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Information about PACIS500, as well as opportunities to interact and join online discussion board, will be available through Moodle.
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Workload

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As a 30 point paper, across the trimester you are expected to spend 300 hours in workshops, reading, preparing assessment, and engaging in online discussions.
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