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2009 Pacific Islands Political Studies Association (PIPSA) Conference

Posted by Sai Lealea on November 24, 2009

Fale Pasifika, 20 Wynyard Street, University of Auckland

3-4 December, 2009

Theme: Pacific Democracy: What’s Happening?

More than 50 papers will be presented by leading scholars, analysts and political commentators from around the Pacific region including Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Hawaii, Australia, United States, Japan, Niue, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, on issues relating to constitutional change, coups, political violence, human rights, development, corruption, peace-building and conflict resolution, alternative political systems, parliamentary democracy and more.

Sir Paul Reeves, former Governor General of New Zealand, distinguished statesman and eminent political mediator in the Pacific region, will open the conference. Sir Paul Reeves’ speech will focus on problems of democratization in the Pacific.

The keynote speaker on day 2 (December 4) is Mr Phil Goff, former Minister for Foreign Affairs who will be speaking on “Pasifika New Zealanders in the new political scene.”

PIPSA was established in Hawaii in 1987 as a forum for Pacific scholars, policy makers and analysts to engage in discussion, research and publications about political issues in the Pacific islands. The PIPSA general conference takes place once every two years in different locations around the Pacific, including Port Vila, Suva, Noumea, Queensland, Rarotonga, Honolulu, Christchurch and Guam.

You are welcome to attend. The registration fees are: Academics (F/T) and Employed (F/T) (Non PIPSA Member)-NZ$80.00; Academics (F/T) Employed (F/T) (PIPSA Member)-NZ $70.00; Students/Pensioners-NZ$50.00.

PIPSA conference organizing team

Steve Ratuva, PIPSA President, University of Auckland (s.ratuva@auckland.ac.nz)
David Hegarty, PIPSA Vice President, Australian National University (david.hegarty@anu.edu.au)
Jonathan Schultz, PIPSA Secretary/Treasurer, University of Melbourne (j.schultz@pgrad.unimelb.edu.au)
Tarcisius Kabutaulaka, Committee member, University of Hawaii (tkabutau@hawaii.edu)
Anne Brown, Committee member, University of Queensland (anne.brown@uq.edu.au)
Tina McNicholas, Committee member, Pacific Cooperation Foundation, (Tina@pcf.org.nz)
Folole Asaua, Conference coordinator, University of Auckland (f.asaua@auckland.ac.nz).
For further information please contact Folole Asaua (f.asaua@auckland.ac.nz)


Day 1 (December 3)
8-8.30 Registration

8.30-8.45 Traditional Maori and Pacific Island welcome

8.45-8.55 Welcome and introduction, Dr Steven Ratuva, President PIPSA

8.55-9.30 Opening and keynote address, Sir Paul Reeves, The crisis of democracy in the Pacific: The case of Fiji

9.30-10.00 Morning tea

10.00-11.30 Plenary: Coups and the crisis of democracy in Fiji – Facilitator:
Shubhash Appanna (Auckland Institute of Studies), From democratic dictatorship to democracy in Fiji.
Dr Susanna Trnka (The University of Auckland), From the ground up: Ethnographic analysis of ethnic identity, violence, and the state in Fiji.
Hélène Goiran (New Caledonian independent scholar), The political roles of the Fiji military: a history of the chiefs’ warriors, heroes of the World Wars, peacekeepers and dictators
Rev Akuila Yabaki (Fiji Citizens Constitutional Forum), From paramountcy to equality: Constitutionalism, dialogue and ethno-political conflict in Fiji

11.30-1.00 Plenary: Democracy in Samoa – Facilitator:
Dr Desmond Amosa (University of the South Pacific), Political stability in Samoa: A devil in disguise?
Falaniko Tominiko (University of Auckland), Temokalasima le fa’amatai: A true democracy or dictatorship in disguise?
Tamara Tulitua (University of Auckland), Talatala le upega: Disentangling the net-Samoan culture, identity and politics

1.00-2.00 Lunch

2.00-3.00 Plenary: Politics in the French PacificFacilitator:
Dr Mathias Chauchat (University of New Caledonia), Seeking a collegial politics in New Caledonia today
Dr Sémir Al Wardi (University of French Polynesia), Tahitian democracy: a specific political culture
Dr Christophe Chabrot (University of New Caledonia), Citizen involvement in the independence or autonomy process in New Caledonia

3.00-3.30 Afternoon tea

3.30-4.30 Plenary: Democratic reforms in Tonga – Facilitator:
Tevita Havea (University of Auckland), The Constitution of the Kingdom of Tonga v. Democracy
Prof Ian Campbell (University of the South Pacific), Pacific democracy: What’s happening in Tonga?
Dr Malakai Koloamatagi (University of Canterbury), Constitutional reform and democratization in Tonga

4.30-6.00 Plenary: Democracy in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands – Facilitator:
Dr Bill Standish (Australian National University) PNG: Reforming sub-regional democracy. Or not?
Gordon Nanau (Solomon Islands College of Higher Education), Understanding vulnerability, insecurity and instability in the Solomon Islands
Jackson Gege (Solomon Islands College of Higher Education), The impact of public service management practices on democracy in the Solomon Islands.
Joe Kanekane (PNG Law and Justice Sector) Informing and educating the masses under a stable government, an analysis of how the media in Papua New Guinea is performing its role, under the National Alliance led government from 2002- to the present.

6.30-9.00 Cocktail

Day 2 (Friday 4)

8.30-10.30 Plenary: Pacific women and politics – Facilitator:
Dr Christine Forster (University of Queensland); Sexual offences, law reform in Pacific Islands: Replacing colonial norms with international good practice standards
Dr Yvonne Underhill-Sem (University of Auckland), Sexual and gender-based violence as a regional politic issue: taking us back to move us forward?
Dr Alumita Durutalo (University of the South Pacific), The principle of political equality in Pacific electoral systems: case study of women’s participation in Fiji’s elections since 1972
Dr Lawrence Kalinoe (University of Papua New Guinea), PNG – Nominated women MPs and reserved seats for women?
Dr Asenati Liki Chan Tung (Australian National University), Women and Leadership in Pacific Public Sectors – Samoa and Solomon Islands

10.30-11 Morning tea

11-12 Plenary: Pasifika politics in NZ – Facilitator:
Keynote: Hon. Phil Goff (NZ Leader of the Opposition), Pasifika New Zealanders in the new political scene
Hon Carmel Sepuloni (NZ Labour Party), Voting patterns of Pacific Islanders in New Zealand elections
Peni Fa’alogo (University of Auckland), So you are sorry: what does that mean? Can the apology reshape the collective membership of Samoan New Zealanders?

12-1 Plenary: Pacific ParliamentsFacilitator:
Dr Quinton Clements (Center for Democratic Institutions, Australian National University), Pacific Parliaments: Research Report
Prof Bob Nakamura (New York State University) Pacific parliaments: Research report
Afamasaga Toleafoa (Samoan economist/diplomat/politician/consultant), Pacific parliaments: Research report
David Hegarty (Australian National University) Melanesian local governance – Absent the state

1.00-2.00 Lunch
Parallel session A (Room 104) Parallel session B (Room 107) Parallel session C (Room 108)

2.00-300 Democracy, civil society and the media – Facilitator:
Dr Crosbie Walsh (University of the South Pacific), Political Blogs on Fiji: Cybernet Democracy or What?
Dr Mark Hayes (Queensland University of Technology), What to do when statements fail: Responding to assaults on media freedom in Fiji and PNG
Jan Beange (Barrister and Solicitor), Promoting civil society voice in the Pacific-Does NZ charity law impose regulatory barriers to [private aid?
Traditional governance, identity and youth Facilitator:
Tarisi Vunidilo (Archaeologist), Na bula vakavanua: Case study of change in contemporary village governance in Fiji: An indigenous view
Dr Patrick Vakaoti (University of Otago) and Vanisha Mishra (University of the South Pacific),An exploration of youth leadership role in Fiji
Birtha Richmond-Tongahai (Niue Government), Findings of Niue’s inaugural Youth Assembly project
Human Rights and corruption – Facilitator:
Rebecca Emery (Amnesty International, NZ), AI human rights abuse assessment method
Apolosi Bose (Amnesty International, London), Human rights abuse in Fiji
Dr Peter Larmour (Australian National University), Anti-corruption and anti-politics in the Pacific Islands

3.00-3.30 Afternoon tea
Parallel session A (Room 104) Parallel session B (Room 107) Parallel session C (Room 108)

3.30-5.30 Democracy and development Facilitator:
Trisia Farrelly (Massey University), Democracy and development: An indigenous Fijian example
Dr Haruo Nakagawa (University of the South Pacific), Democracy, governance and growth
Scott Hook (University of Queensland), Indigenous capacity development and local institutional structures-is there a role for the World Bank (and other donors)?
Rethinking democracy and human rights Facilitator:
Tui Rakuita (Australian National University), Disentangling language games: Problems associated with democratic practice in Oceania
Hūfanga Dr ’Okusitino Māhina (Vava’u Academy for Critical Inquiry & Applied Research),Culture and Identity: A Tā-Vā, Time-Space, Theory of Democracy
Dr Volker Boege (University of Queensland), Democracy and custom – incompatibilities or complementarities? Legitimacy issues in Pacific democracies
Governance and democracyFacilitator:
Duncan Wilson (Senior Regional journalist), Models of democracy and society in economic development: The Solomon Islands and the “Washington consensus”
Siobhan McDonnell (Australian National University), State failure and the politics of intervention: What can Australian indigenous policy makers learn from the Pacific
Yolinda Chan (University of Auckland), PACER-Plus: The emergence of “forced consensus” approach to regional economic governance in the Pacific

5.30-6.00 Summing up plenary
Dr Scott Kroeker (University of Hawaii), Submerged democracies: Future considerations for disappearing Pacific states
Summing up

6.30-10 Farewell Pasifika feast ($40 per ticket)


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