ASAO 2010 Working Session: Austronesian Linkages
Organizer: Kun-hui Ku
In recent years, the debates on the homeland of Austronesians have
been assessed from archaeological, linguistic and DNA/genetic
approaches (the latest ones being in Science [Jan. 2009] where Taiwan
is featured again prominently in the debates). But how do these grand
theories fill the gap in knowledge about the social life world of
individual societies is less apparent. Anthropologists are not absent
in the discussion: founder ideology, principle of precedence, house
society and social hierarchies among others are proposed to explain
the rapid expansion of the Austronesians and their social
characteristics. This session intends to re-assess and add to the
current debates, and seeks to identify the characteristics of
Austronesian societies/cultures beyond their linguistic connections,
and the possibility to identify less material similarities such as
transformations of myth, symbolism and social ranking throughout the
Austronesian area. Cross-border comparison (either among Austronesian
societies or between Austronesian and non-Austronesian societies) is
encouraged to further the agenda of Austroneian Linkages.
* Toon van Meijl "Models and Metaphors of Maori Hierarchy"
* Thomas Gibson "Sibling, House, and Cosmos: shared symbolism among
the Austronesians of Sulawesi and Mindoro"
* Glenn Petersen "When West Met East: Linkages from Eastern Oceania and
Their Impacts in Palau and the Marianas"
* Nancy Pollock "'Austronesian Links through Gastronomy"
* Scarlett Chiu "Constructing social identities with materialized
symbols: A story told by Lapita face motifs"
* Cato Berg "The Masking of Hierarchy: Austronesian Shrine Names in
Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands.
* Richard Scaglion ＂Austronesian Speakers and Social Hierarchies in
* Kun-hui Ku "Ascribed and Achieved Status in Austronesian Taiwan:
with implications for wider Austronesian World"
If you are interested in joining the session, please send a title and
extended abstract to Ku before 1 Oct. and completed paper should be
circulated to the group no later than 1 Jan 2010.
(see also http://openanthcoop.ning.com/group/austronesians)
Kun-hui Ku, Institute of Anthropology, National Tsing-Hua University,
101, Section 2, Kuang Fu Road, Hsinchu, Taiwan 30013,
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