Universität Wien FIND

240510 VO Conflicts and Reorientation in Melanesia - Using Knowledge of the Past for the Future (P3) (2021W)


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Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

ATTENTION: Due to the current deteriorating Covid situation, the course will be conducted as an online-only event from the beginning.
If the situation allows, there will be a change to a face-to-face event in the course of the semester.

Monday 04.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Monday 11.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Monday 18.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Monday 25.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Monday 08.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Monday 15.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Monday 22.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Monday 29.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Monday 06.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Monday 13.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Monday 10.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Monday 17.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Monday 24.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Conflicts and reorientation in Melanesia - Using knowledge of the past for the future. The efforts summarized as "revival of tradition" to shape the present and the future by drawing on cultural traditions handed down to us concern the states of Melanesia in particular, whose cohesion is repeatedly faced with major challenges due to cultural fragmentation.
The lecture will give historical and current examples of how identity politics has been and is practised through recourse to cultural specifics. Unfulfilled expectations as well as the challenges of a neoliberal globalised world have massive effects on indigenous societies, which are characterised by migration, cultural losses, reorientation and the pressure to adapt.

Assessment and permitted materials

At the end of the lecture there is the possibility of a one-hour written (online) examination (4 dates to this), in which four questions are asked, all of which must be answered and are assessed equally. the first examination date takes place in the last hour unit of the semester.
Permitted aids: will be specified in the course.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

1.) Positive assessment of the one-hour written examination (at least half of the 16 points must be achieved. 4 questions are assessed with four points each. There must be assessable content for all questions.
Scoring key: grade 1 (15-16 pts), grade 2 (13-14 pts), grade 3 (11-12 pts), grade 4 (9-10 pts), grade 5 (8 or less pts).
2.) Participation in the lecture by asking questions and taking part in discussions.
The ratio of 1.) to 2.) is nevertheless 100:0.

Examination topics

The examination material is specifically discussed and given in the lecture. References to necessary compulsory literature are given and partly provided as pdf on the moodle platform.

Reading list

May, R. J. (ed.): Micronationalist Movements in Papua New Guinea. Political and Social Change Monograph, No. 1 Canberra 1982: Department of Political and Social Change, Research School of Pacific Studies/Australian National University.

Thomas, Nicholas: Entangled Objects; Exchange, Material Culture, and Colonialism in the Pacific. Cambridge (Mass.)/London 1991: Harvard Univ. Press.

Association in the course directory

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