Donnerstag, 29 April 2021
18h / 6pm (CEST; UTC+2)
Rodolfo Maggio, PhD, University of Turin, Italy
Exceptional circumstances in Asia Pacific history have been drawing the media spotlight on the Chinese presence and influence in Oceania. China has indeed become one of the largest donors in the Pacific, and the volume of its trade with Pacific Islands has been steadily growing over the past decade. However, money alone does not explain the qualities of Sino-Pacific relations.
Situated understandings of concepts such as security, threat, corruption, and friendship suggest novel explanatory possibilities and new research directions. We can interrogate this anthropology of the Asia Pacific region to develop new ways of exploring how China is managing to change the perception of its role in the Pacific as a legitimate actor.
Prof. Adam Grydehøj
Chair Professor, Research Center for Indian Ocean Island Countries
South China University of Technology
Dr. Jessica Marinaccio
PhD Pacific Studies,School of Languages and Cultures
Victoria University of Wellington
Prof. Tarcisius Kabutaulaka
Director, School of Pacific & Asian Studies
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Rodolfo Maggio teaches anthropology at the University of Turin, Italy. He has been Special Foreign Researcher at Waseda University, Tokyo, and Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on moral economy, religion, and the anthropology of the Asia Pacific region. He published three monographs about, respectively, the works of Pierre Bourdieu, Karen Ho and Jared Diamond. His book The Kwara’ae of Honiara: Migration and ‘Good Life’ in Solomon Islands has been published in 2019.
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