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Subject: Developments at James Cook, Queensland
From: Jeff Marck <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Jeff Marck <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 12 Mar 1997 09:13:20 +1100

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The following notice is for the ESFO electronic newsboard.

Thank you,

Pamela J. Stewart
Andrew J. Strathern


        Christin Kocher Schmid's announcement on ASAONet prompts us to
place on record a related intention that has been planned in conjunction
with the redevelopment of the Center for Pacific Studies at James Cook
University, Townsville, Australia.  Andrew Strathern has just been
appointed as Director of this Center and charged with re-energizing its
activities over the next five years, in collaboration with Bruce Kapferer,
who is Head of the Department of Anthropology, as the Associate Director.

        Andrew Strathern and Pamela Stewart will both be out in Townsville
also as Visiting Professors in the Department of Anthropology there in
July - August this year.  Provisionally, three foci for research projects
at the Center had been identified earlier but not announced, pending the
appointment.  These are: (1) religious conceptions of and ritual responses
to the millennium and its aftermath, with special reference to ideas
regarding money; (2) revenge practices, sorcery, compensation and
indigenous ideas of change in the Pacific; and (3) politics and the state:
democracy, patronage, and violence in the construction of identities
within Pacific nation-states.  What we have had in mind is to interest a
number of academics and their students in the next few years in forming
networks centered on these topics, with possible publication outlets
coordinated through the Center.  Clearly these topics overlap with those
outlined by Christin Kocher Schmid, especially in relation to (1) The
topics also obviously are inter-related among themselves.  We envisage
working closely with a limited number of researchers rather than aiming at
the very broad coverage planned by Christin Kocher Schmid on viewpoints on
the millennium generally.  If you are interested, please e-mail to us at
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Andrew J. Strathern
Pamela J. Stewart
Department of Anthropology
University of Pittsburgh

Jeff Marck             Health Transition Review (HTR)
Publications Officer   Health Transition Centre (HTC)
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                       Canberra ACT 0200 Australia

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