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Friends of the Library Speaker : Engaging with strangers in a violent era: stories from the Solomon Islands Other events...
The late nineteenth century was a time of violence throughout the Solomon Islands and nowhere was this violence more devastating than the Western Solomons. Even as they remember this violent past, however, people of the Western Solomons today also remember war captives who were incorporated into the families and clans of their captors. Stories about particular territories throughout the region inevitably focus on how the original people of the place welcomed strangers from across the sea, making them friends and allies. How do we make sense of this unsettling mix of violence and friendship in stories about the past? And how might this challenge the conventional ways that we Australians see our near neighbours?
Speaker(s) Debra McDougall (PhD University of Chicago, 2004) is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Western Australia and teaches units on religion, globalization, and anthropological theory. Since 1998, she has conducted extensive fieldwork in Solomon Islands (primarily the Western Province Island of Ranongga) and has published ethnographic essays and chapters on pre-Christian warfare, property and land disputes, conflict and peacemaking, womenís Christian fellowship, and menís conversion to Islam as well as essays on the anthropology of Christianity. She has co-edited (with Matt Tomlinson) a volume entitled Christian Politics in Oceania (in press with Berghahn Books) and is completing a monograph entitled Engaging with strangers: Kinship, Christianity, and Capitalism in the Western Solomon Island.
Location Reid Library, ground floor Meeting Room, UWA. Members: Free, Non Members: $5 donation
Contact Susan O'Connor <[email protected]> : 6488 2354
Start Tue, 09 Oct 2012 19:00
End Tue, 09 Oct 2012 21:00
Submitted by Susan O'Connor <[email protected]>
Last Updated Thu, 04 Oct 2012 13:18
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