Researcher: Dr Safua Akeli Amaama
Research Assistant: Annika Sippel
Collections Data Officer: Sara Riordan
Overarching Project: Indigeneities in the 21st Century: From ‘vanishing people’ to global players in one generation.
Partners: Professor Philip Schorch (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, Germany).
Funding: European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation Programme.
The project speculates that Sāmoan experiences emerge from sources, and through registers, that reach deeper and transcend the capacity to be expressed “in their own words”.
Zooming in on the interplay of bodies, environments, and material entities (such as so-called ethnographic objects and work of arts spread around the globe and housed in museum collections), might offer us novel insights into why and how Samoanness remains intact despite ongoing transformations: being reshaped but not ruptured, maintaining its integrity within flexible boundaries.
Following such reasoning, the project studies Sāmoan multiplicities past, present and future. More information about this project can be found on Indigeneities in the 21st century.
Primary outputs: Conference presentation, exhibition.