Guam (Guåhan) continues to be a United States colony and hyper-militarised island in the Western Pacific. While 29% of the island is restricted for every branch of the US armed forces, the people of the Guåhan continue to work for their forms of peace for themselves, their islands, and futures. In this brief presentation, Dr Sylvia Frain will outline the current situation impacting the island including the construction of additional live-fire bombing ranges on a sacred site and will highlight the peaceful resistance efforts by the local community. The people of Guåhan elected the first female governor of the island in the election held at the beginning of the month.
Dr Sylvia C Frain earned her PhD with the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago in 2017. Her doctoral thesis, Fanohge Famalåo’an and Fan’tachu Fama’lauan Women Rising: Indigenous Resistance to Militarization in the Marianas Archipelago,is digitally accessible on the platform, Guampedia. She currently is a postdoctoral fellow with the Pacific Media Centre at Auckland University of Technology and a Research Associate with the Micronesian Area Research Center at the University of Guam.
This presentation makes up half of the seminar; the other half will be presented by Dr Michael Ligaliga entitled Conflict Resolution Methods in the Pacific: A Hawaiian and Samoan Case Study.
|Date||Tuesday, 20 November 2018|
|Time||5:30pm - 6:30pm|
|Department||National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies|
|Location||Level 4, Otago House, 385 Queen Street, Auckland|
|Contact Name||Dr Heather Devere|
|Contact Phone||+64 3 479 4546|