Stories of the Land

“Stories of the Land” introduce animals, foods and policies in relation to farming and agricultural productions in Taiwan and other Pacific islands by inquiring into their colonial past and influences. Sub-projects Ljavek: Urban Aborigines,...

Indigenous Ecologies

Island Ecology, Island Aesthetics

In his “Ecoaesthetics: A Manifesto for the Twenty-First Century,” London-based Pakistani artist, curator, and critic Rasheed Araeen states, “Art can and should strive for an alternative that is not only aesthetically affirmative and productive,...

Twilight Islands and Environmental Crises

In the Caribbean, small, mostly non-human inhabited spaces and biodiversity hotspots dot the horizon. Some formed thousands of years ago; others, as recently as last year. All represent forgotten lands with deep histories, tragic...

The Sea is Rising

Twenty years ago, the Tongan anthropologist Epeli Ha‘ofa published his deeply influential essay “Our Sea of Islands,” arguing that the legacies of colonial belittlement that render the Pacific as “islands in a far sea”...

Pacific Beneath the Pavements

This project focuses on the scholarship of what is coming to be called “the blue humanities” concerned with oceanic ecology and local-regional-global cultural ties to oceans. His work is also concerned with articulating the...

Native Science

There is increasing recognition of the importance of exploring Native Science and its significance to enrich and “broaden the contemporary concept of science to include other systems of knowledge that may be more attuned...

After Hiroshima

On August 6, 1945, the U.S. B-29 bomber dropped the world’s first deployed atomic bomb over Hiroshima, immediately wiping out 90 percent of the city and killing 80,000 civilians with tens of thousands more...

Island and Ocean Ecologies

“Island and Ocean Ecologies” investigate place and space from the perspective of the Oceanic peoples in the Pacific, to challenge the borders of nation states and to facilitate relationships between indigenous peoples of the...

Coastal Conservatory