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Saturday, January 26, 2013
《International Symposium》Cargo Cults and Contemporary Conflicts in Pacific Societies: Seeking a Path of Coexistence in the Age of Globalization

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  • Date: Saturday, January 26, 2013
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
  • Open to the public (admission free)
  • With English-Japanese simultaneous interpretation
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  • Hosted by: National Museum of Ethnology
  • Supported by
    the Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology
    the Japanese Society for Oceanic Studies


10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. Welcome
10:10 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Introduction
Norio Niwa (National Museum of Ethnology)
10:40 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. Socio-religious Movements in Times of Transition: The Case of the Daku Movement, Fiji
Norio Niwa
11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Rethinking Cargo Cults: A Social Movements Approach to Melanesian Modernity
Daichi Ishimori (Musashi University)
12:00 p.m. - 13:00 p.m. Lunch Break
13:00 p.m. - 13:40 p.m. Challenging the State: The Moro Movement and Civil Unrests in Solomon Islands
Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka (University of Hawaii)
13:40 p.m. - 14:20 p.m. Coups and Cults: A Comparison of Two Fijian Political Projects
Dominik Schieder (Hitotsubashi University)
14:20 p.m. - 15:00 p.m. Cargo Polynesia: Freighting Gender & Nation in French Polynesia and Beyond
Deborah Elliston (Binghamton University)
15:00 p.m. - 15:15 p.m. Break
15:15 p.m. - 15:55 p.m. Cargo Cults and Political Instability in Pacific Island Societies: Towards a Politics of Hope
Niko Besnier (University of Amsterdam)
15:55 p.m. - 16:10 p.m. Comments
Tsuyoshi Saito (Kobe University)
16:10 p.m. - 16:25 p.m. Comments
Toko Fujimoto (National Museum of Ethnology)
16:25 p.m. - 17:10 p.m. Discussion
Chair: Shingo Iitaka (University of Kochi)