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david aymonin, director of the Library of the University of New Caledonia since 2011, is a science graduate in chemistry and biochemistry. Formerly librarian at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland (better known under its acronym, epfl), he was the head of the Rolex Learning Center Library, a brand-new library designed for the twenty-first century. He has previously worked in various institutions in France, Chad, and India.

jon fraenkel is a professor in comparative politics at Victoria University of Wellington. He previously worked at the Australian National University in Canberra and at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. He specializes in the politics of divided societies, electoral systems, Pacific Islands politics, and the economic history of Oceania.

natacha gagné is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Laval University (Québec, Canada). Her work focuses on the relationships among minorities and majorities in pluralistic states, indigenous issues, colonial situations, and decolonization processes and struggles. Her recent publications include Being Māori in the City: Indigenous Everyday Life in Auckland (2013, University of Toronto Press), Visages de la souveraineté en Océanie (with Marie Salaün, 2010, L’Harmattan), and Autochtonies: Vues de France et du Québec (with Marie Salaün and Thibault Martin, 2009, Presses de l’Université Laval).

isabelle heutte has been a librarian for twenty years. After working in various French universities, she served as the head of the Library of the Université de la Polynésie Française from 2010 to 2014. She currently lives in New Caledonia.

douglas kammen is an associate professor in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore.

solomon kantha holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa and is the deputy chief migration officer in charge of the Compliance and Borders Division at the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority in Papua New Guinea. His areas of interest are international relations, comparative politics, and public policy. He is also currently [End Page 597] studying law at the University of Papua New Guinea with an interest in constitutional law, human rights law, and international law.

nic maclellan works as a journalist and researcher in the Pacific Islands. He is a correspondent for Islands Business magazine and a contributor to other regional media. He is coauthor of La France dans le Pacifique: De Bougainville à Moruroa (1992, Éditions La Découverte) and After Moruroa: France in the South Pacific (1998, Ocean Press); he is also coeditor of Kirisimasi (1999, Pacific Concerns Resource Centre).

léopold mu si yan is an associate professor of American studies at the Université de la Polynésie Française with a particular interest in American legal and constitutional history and ethnic minorities. He is the senior advisor for foreign and francophone affairs at that institution. His publications include an edited volume on the history of the Golden State and its contemporary developments titled La Californie ou la grande île américaine (2010, Noriane Éditions).

gordon leua nanau is a lecturer in politics at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji, where he teaches contemporary politics and development in the Pacific, political leadership, and elections and democracy in the Pacific and also supervises postgraduate research students. Dr Nanau holds a PhD from the University of East Anglia (School of International Development), United Kingdom. His research interests revolve around areas of globalization, ethnicity, decentralization, land tenure, nation building, constitutional reforms, and Pacific elections.

titaua porcher-wiart is a lecturer at the Université de la Polynésie Française where she teaches twentieth-century literature; she also taught at the University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa for a year as assistant professor of French. She is the author of Pierre Jean Jouve, mystère et sens dans l’œuvre romanesque (2012, L’Harmattan). Her more recent research focuses on autochthonous Pacific francophone literature.

bruno saura is a professor of Polynesian studies at the Université de la Polynésie Française. He has a background in anthropology and political science. He is now director of a pluridisciplinary research group called Equipe d’Accueil sur les Sociétés Traditionnelles et Contemporaines...


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