Saturday, November 23, 2013

Samoa in the News

Professor Salesa

In what promises to be a very interesting and informative read, Oxford-educated, Auckland-based Samoan historian Damon Salesa is going to take a "bottom-up" approach to documenting 200 years in Samoa.

As reported in Scoop, Salesa's The Transformation of Everyday Life in Samoa (1800-2000) "will research and reconstruct a Samoan history 'from below', a history not just of chiefs, elites and extraordinary characters, but of what Samoans held in common, their shared experiences of 'everyday life.'"

For students of Samoan history, the same grant that is funding Salesa's work is also providing graduate scholarships for students to study with Salesa at the University of Auckland’s Centre for Pacific Studies.

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