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chris ballard was professor of the anglophone Pacific at the University of French Polynesia, Pape'ete, during the preparation of this paper and is currently associate professor in Pacific history at the Australian National University, Canberra. He has conducted long-term research for over thirty years as an archaeologist, historian, and anthropologist in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, and eastern Indonesia. Currently his research interests focus on the topics of vernacular history or historicity, cultural heritage and disaster, and the materiality of colonial encounters.

michael lujan bevacqua is an assistant professor of Chamorro language at the University of Guam and is the cochair for Independent Guåhan, an educational outreach organization tasked with educating the island community on decolonization. His research deals with studying the effects of colonization on the Chamorro people and theorizing the possibilities for their decolonization. In 2016, he and his two brothers started a creative company—The Guam Bus—and they write, illustrate, and publish comics and children's books in the Chamorro language.

elizabeth (isa) ua ceallaigh bowman, PhD, has been a passionate advocate and activist on the issues of sexual harassment and Indigenous rights since her experiences at the University of Guam, where she was an assistant professor from 2012–2018. She has collaborated frequently with Michael Lujan Bevacqua, most recently on their essay "I Tano' i Chamorro/Chamorro Land: Situating Sustainabilities through Spatial Justice and Cultural Perpetuation" in Sustainability: Approaches to Environmental Justice and Social Power (New York University Press, 2018). She entered politics after leaving academia and continues to work toward justice.

peter clegg is an associate professor in politics and head of the Department of Health and Social Sciences at the University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom. He was formerly a visiting research fellow at both kitlv/Royal Netherlands Institute of South East Asian and Caribbean Studies in Leiden, The Netherlands, and the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (salises), University of the West Indies, Jamaica. His main research interests focus on the international political economy of the Caribbean and contemporary developments within the British Overseas Territories.

zaldy dandan studied broadcast journalism at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and has written and/or edited for the Philippine Daily Globe, Manila Standard, and the Manila Times. He is the editor of Marianas Variety, the CNMI's oldest newspaper. His book of poems, We'll Kiss Like It's Air and We're Running Out of It (2017), book of short stories, Die! Bert! Die! (2017), and novel, How I Learned What Really (Probably) Happened to Amelia Earhart (2018), are available on

eveline dürr is professor of social and cultural anthropology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany. Previously, she held a position as associate professor at the Auckland University of Technology in Aotearoa New Zealand and received her doctoral degree and venia legend (Habilitation) from the University of Freiburg. She has conducted fieldwork in New Zealand and Mexico, including transpacific connections between the Americas and Oceania. Her research projects include human-environmental relations, urban anthropology, spatiality, identity politics, and mobilities. She coedited Transpacific Americas: Encounters and Engagements between the Americas and the South Pacific (Routledge, 2016) and Environmental Transformations and Cultural Responses: Ontologies, Discourses, and Practices in Oceania (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

sina emde is a lecturer in social anthropology at Heidelberg University. Sina has an MA from the Freie Universität Berlin and a PhD from the Australian National University, and she was an exchange student at the University of the South Pacific. She has worked in Oceania, especially Fiji, for more than two decades with a special interest in political economies, gender, and civil society. In recent years, she also researched emotion, memory, and violence in the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Sina situates herself and her work at the intersection of academia and civil society engagement.

frederick errington's interests have been in the ways people make meaning, often under difficult and changing circumstances. He has written about "cargo cultures," religious change, aesthetics, gender, class formation, and global engagements in the Pacific and beyond. Collaborating with Deborah Gewertz, he coauthored Cultural Alternatives and a Feminist Anthropology...


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