Pacific Research Stream

Pacific Research Stream

Decorated barkcloth, tapa. Samoa. Collection of the British Museum.

Pacific Researchers at Macquarie University focus on social, political, linguistic, environmental, and cultural topics related to the Pacific in both contemporary and historical frames.

This stream includes scholars from Modern History, Politics, Media, Music, Anthropology, Geography, and French Studies within the Faculty of Arts.

Researchers in this stream have particular strengths in: tracing changes in contemporary music in Papua New Guinea; exploring the shifting contemporary politics of Fiji; investigating the cultural role of literature in Francophone Pacific Islands; engaging with Pacific indigenous communities in Australia; analysing the anthropology of religion and law in Melanesia; making documentary films in the Pacific and interrogating the history of war, diplomacy, and the environment throughout Polynesia.

We run a monthly reading seminar in conjunction with the University of Sydney and occasional Talanoa throughout each year.

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