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Subject: Electronic Conference - Millennial Markers in the Pacific
From: Jeff Marck <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Jeff Marck <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 23 Apr 1997 08:56:17 +1100

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ESfO-l Subscribers:

From: Andrew  Strathern <[log in to unmask]>

Please distribute on ESfO-l.


1997 James Cook University, Center for Pacific Studies, Electronic
Conference  -  Millennial Markers in the Pacific, Co-Organized by Dr.
Pamela J. Stewart and Prof. Andrew J. Strathern.

Deadline for abstracts: June 2nd, 1997

Deadline for completed manuscript: July 1st, 1997

How the Electronic Conference will work:

Participants are asked to e-mail an abstract to us at [log in to unmask]
by June 2nd.
When sending us any communication for Millennial Markers in the Pacific
write the code work TOWNSVILLE in the subject line.  This will hopefully
preclude e-mail going astray.  We will evaluate all the abstracts and
select approximately 20-30 for inclusion in the conference.  We will
generate an electronic mailing list of all participants and distribute the
accumulated abstracts to every participant before July 1st for
consideration.  Completed manuscripts (NO MORE THAN 15 DOUBLE-SPACED
PAGES) must be sent to us by July 1st.  We will e-mail the papers to every
participant before July 10th.  Participants should send their comments and
discussion notes to us before July 18th.  We will compile the papers and
edited discussion notes for hard-copy publication.

The Themes: ideas regarding the millennium may be marked in different ways
throughout the Pacific.  Most will have to do with religious themes and be
related in one way or another to notions of world's end, but what the
world's end signifies may vary considerably.  How is this issue seen
differently by the different Christian churches and how is it reflected
syncretistically in societies where indigenous ideas of entropy intersect
with Christian ones?  Is if seen differently in urban verses rural
contexts?  Where world's end is not in focus, what is?  Is the millennium
seen in cargoistic terms or in terms of reversing inequalities or
injustices?  What cosmic elements are involved, e.g. return of the dead,
appearances of signs of power?  How is it seen in terms of time reckoning
generally, and how does chronological tim interact with cosmic and
generational time?  Is millennial thinking a site for resistance to
capitalist power or for its apotheosis?  What specific recombinations of
ideas regarding money, power, and the state show through millennial
images?  What ecological issues are intertwined in these images?   Are
there gendered difference that show up systematically through all this?
Are there regional differences, e.g. between Highlands/Sepik/Okareas,
along the lines of magical versus material polities as proposed by Simon
Harrison and recently elaborate by Eric Silverman?  Mille(nnial)

The Goal:

To produce an edited publication (hard-copy) to include selected papers
and relevant discussion notes.

Pamela J. Stewart
Andrew J. Strathern

Jeff Marck             Health Transition Review (HTR)
Publications Officer   Health Transition Centre (HTC)
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