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island conversations
podcast series

Welcome to SICRI’s “island conversations” podcast series.

The aim of these podcasts is to highlight the work of island studies scholars and practitioners who make a significant contribution to islands’ research, arts, and culture landscape.

The podcasts are accompanied by a curated transcript that is edited to read as an independent piece.

"Island Notes" composition in Cretan Flat Mandolin by Christophoro Gorantokaki @"Melody Box"

This podcast has been produced in collaboration with the Okinawan Journal of Island Studies as part of the special volume on island activisms (Vol. 4 no 2 May 2023). You can access the curated transcript on the journal’s site in June 2023 and here from July 2023 onward.

Recent and Relevant publications: 

Some reading suggestions to think further about the politics and colonial dynamics of knowledge production in and about the Pacific:


  • Barber, Simon & Naepi, Sereana. (2020). Sociology in a crisis: Covid-19 and the colonial politics of knowledge production in Aotearoa New Zealand. Journal of Sociology, 54(4), pp. 693-703.

  • Enomoto, Joy, Emalani Case, Stu Dawrs, Christine T. DeLise, Vicente Diaz, Vanessa Griffen, Leora Kava, Eleanor Kleiber, Kenneth Gofigan Kuper, D. Keali'i MacKenzie, Serena Michel, Talei Mangioni, Dejan Perez, Angela L. Robinson, Claire Slatter, Vehia Wheeler, and Rimuu Williams. (2021) Pacific Studies: A Transformational Movement. Volume 7 of Teaching Oceania Series, edited by Joy Enomoto. Honolulu: Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai'i–Mānoa.

  • Gegeo, David W. (1998). Indigenous Knowledge and Empowerment: Rural Development Examined from Within . The Contemporary Pacific, 10(2), pp. 289–315.

  • Gegeo, David W.  & Watson-Gegeo, Ann. (2001). “How We Know”: Kwara‘ae Rural Villagers Doing Indigenous Epistemology. The Contemporary Pacific, 13(1), pp. 55–88.

  • Hau’ofa, E. (1994). Our Sea of Islands. The Contemporary Pacific, 6(1), 148–161.

  • Hau'ofa, Epeli. (2008). We Are The Ocean: Selected Works. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i. (Voir aussi les trois traductions faites par Pacific Islander Editions : "Notre mer d'îles", "Un passé à recomposer", "L'océan est en nous")

  • Kohler, Jean-Marie . (1989). Sociologie surveillée en Nouvelle-Calédonie. Bulletin de l’Association française des anthropologues, 36, pp. 111-136.

  • Naepi, Sereana. (2018). Pacific peoples, higher education and feminisms. In Sara de Jong, Rosalba Icaza, Olivia U. Rutazibwa (Eds.), Decolonization and Feminisms in Global Teaching and Learning. Routledge. 

  • Naepi, Sereana. (2021). Pacific women’s experiences working in universities in Aotearoa New Zealand. Higher Education Research & Development, 40(1), pp. 63-74

  • Reynolds, Pauline & Wheeler, Vehia. (2022). Mā’ohi methodologies and frameworks for conducting research in Mā’ohi Nui. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 18(4), pp. 488-495.

  • Spitz, Chantal & Taimana, Viri. (2020). Décoloniser les arts pour émanciper les esprits. Tumultes, 1(54), pp. 153-167.

  • Teaiwa, Teresia Kieuea. (2021). Sweat and Salt Water: Selected Works. Edited by Katerina Teaiwa, April K. Henderson, and Terence Wesley-Smith. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press.

  • Te Punga Sommerville, Alice. (2022). Always Italicize: How to Write While Colonized. Auckland University Press.

  • Tuck, Even and Yang, K. Wayne. (2012). Decolonization is not a metaphor. Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, 1(1), pp. 1-40.

  • Tuhiwai Smith, Linda. (1999). Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples. Zed Books.

  • Wesley-Smith, Terence. (1995). Rethinking Pacific Studies. Pacific Studies, 18(2), pp. 115-136.

  • Wesley-Smith, T. (2016). Geopolitics, self-determination, and China’s rise in Oceania. Self-Determinable Development of Small Islands, pp. 85–99.

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