Inaugural History Workshop

The inaugural History Workshop launches September 3rd.


Professor David Chappell will present "Transnations in Oceania: Colonial States and Indigenous Identities" on September 3rd as the first session of the new History Workshop.  This year's theme is "De-Centering the Nation State: History Methodology within a Pacific Geography. Subsequent sessions will include presentations by Professors Karen Jolly, Liam Kelley, David Hanlon, Njoroge Njoroge, Matt Lauzon, and Noelani Arista.


"Transnations in Oceania:

Colonial States and Indigenous Identities"


David Chappell, Associate Professor of Pacific and World History

Friday, September 3rd, 2:30-4:00

History Department Library, Sakamaki A201


Transnations, like nations (or ethnies) and states (or polities), have existed since ancient times, often through conquest or migration and cultural diffusion.  Today, accelerating globalization is creating more of them, even as "nation-states" have become the modern model for political sovereignty.  In Oceania, if we use language as one marker, there are over 1000 possible indigenous nations, yet transnational outsider colonialism has demarcated only two dozen countries, often with foreign names.  Some peoples are partitioned, others pushed into multi-ethnic transnations without having a voice, while still others have expanded beyond the limits of the colonial borders in diasporas with varying forms of political consciousness.  Regionalism is another variant of transnationalism, which can be both hegemonic and counter-hegemonic.  After an overview, this presentation will focus on the issue of choosing a flag for Kanaky New Caledonia, which opens up several angles of reflection 


Co-Sponsored by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies & the Department of History


Download the flyer for the History Workshop 2010-2011 here.

Download the flyer for Dr. Chappell's presentation here.