Monday, March 22, 2010

Announcement of Anthropology position at University of Waikato

Dear friends and colleagues,

Apologies for cross posting.

We have finally managed to secure funding for an on-going (= tenure track) replacement position in Anthropology at the University of Waikato. The appointment will be at the level of Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor.

Our preference will be for someone with expertise in Oceania and, quite crucially, able to start mid-year (July 2010). We realise the latter criterion may be difficult for some well qualified candidates but we have been disadvantaged in this search by delays beyond our control.

The deadline for applications is 16 April.

The URL to download the advertisement and position description is:

If you have any queries that cannot be answered by the information on the website or by our HRM division please feel free to contact either Anthropology Subject Convenor Judy Macdonald or Michael Goldsmith

Lastly, please do bring this to the attention of anyone whom you think might be suitable for the position or who might know someone who is.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Justice and Self-Determination in Indonesian Papua

Podcasts of the Oxford Symposium on Justice and Self-Determination in
Indonesian Papua held on 6 February 2010 are now available at:

It includes the following speakers and subjects:

Opening Remarks
Phil Clark, Convenor of Oxford Transitional Justice Research

"The Origins of Papua Nationalism"
Pieter Drooglever, Institute of Netherlands History

"The Role of the United States in the New Guinea Dispute"
Albert Kersten, University of Leiden

"Melanesian Dreams"
Jos Marey, former chairman of Papua Student Association

"Living for Independence"
Benny Wenda, Papua leader in exile

"The Genealogy and Logic of Torture in Papua: a Reflection"
Budi Hernawan, Office of Justice and Peace, Jayapura and Australian National University, Canberra

"Human Rights and Transitional Justice - Justice for Papuans?"
Jennifer Robinson, Finers Stephens Innocent LLP and Secretary of International Lawyers for West Papua

"A Roadmap for West Papua?"
Muridan Widjojo, Indonesian Academy of Sciences

"Considerations on the Right to Self-Determination"
Charles Foster, The Ethox Centre, Department of Public Health & Primary Health Care, University of Oxford

"Revisiting History and Special Autonomy for Papua"
Agus Sumule, first advisor to the governor of Papua

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

EU Research and the Pacific

Dear Madam, Sir,

The European research and the Pacific - on the move! The European Commission to facilitate networking between European actors with a research focus on Pacific Islands. You are invited to share this information with potentially interested people and organizations from your contact/mailing lists. Thank you in advance for your help and participation.

La recherche européenne et le Pacifique - ça bouge! La Commission européenne souhaite faciliter la mise en réseau des acteurs européens dont l'objet de recherche porte sur l'Océanie. Vous êtes invités à partager cette information avec les personnes et organisations potentiellement concernées. Merci d'avance pour votre aide et votre participation.

European Commission
Relations with the countries and the region of the Pacific
Rue de la Science 15
e-mail -


EU Research and the Pacific

EU-based research initiatives on the Pacific Islands are generally not well-known and therefore hardly accessible by students, academics, private organizations and institutions such as the European Commission. The bulk of research material is provided by non-European institutes, universities and researchers. This hampers the development of Pacific-centred academics and research in Europe but also the Pacific-tailored policy making and strategy formulation.

Stimulating a European research on the Pacific Islands is one of the 2006 EU strategy for the Pacific objectives. In this context, the Unit responsible for EU-Pacific relations in DG Development wishes to facilitate networking between European actors and organizations with a research focus on Oceania or with research themes relevant for the Region.

How to participate?
The first step is to establish by 31st March 2010, a comprehensive survey of researchers, universities institutes, research centres and initiatives or projects on the Pacific in the EU. The second step would be to start contacts as soon as possible to discuss objectives and expectations of such a European network on the basis of this survey.

Should you be interested please send the following information prior to 31st March 2010 to :
  1. Name
  2. Organizations and contact details
  3. Research areas
  4. Ongoing and upcoming projects by geographic area (including Melanesia/Micronesia/Polynesia, Timor-Leste, Australia, New Zealand);
  5. Partnerships with other national/European/non-European organizations;
  6. Views on the added-value of establishing an European network and on expectations vis-à-vis the European Commission.