“Repossessing Paradise,” the new special issue from The Contemporary Pacific, opens with an introduction from guest editors Kalissa Alexeyeff and Siobhan McDonnell, “Whose Paradise? Encounter, Exchange, and Exploitation.” They write:
This collection arose from thinking about how Pacific Islanders utilize the trope of paradise to describe their lives and the places they call home. Like the many studies that precede this, our work demonstrates how paradise has come to define the Pacific through certain kinds of generic, infinitely reoccurring, and highly substitutable images: beautiful beaches, verdant foliage, and exotic peoples and customs. We show how these images enable possession (from early exploration, through colonial settlement, and including contemporary tourism) and how this is twinned with the dispossession of land, Indigenous peoples, and their epistemologies. What distinguishes this collection from most previous literature is that we combine analyses of contemporary possession with repossession in our exploration of the ways in which Indigenous people reimagine or repurpose paradise for their own needs and desires.
The special issue articles include:
Beyond Paradise? Retelling Pacific Stories in Disney’s Moana
by A Mārata Ketekiri Tamaira and Dionne Fonoti
Polyface in Paradise: Exploring the Politics of Race, Gender, and Place
by Kalissa Alexeyeff and Yuki Kihara
Contested Paradise: Dispossession and Repossession in Hawai’i
by Margaret Jolly
Disaster, Divine Judgment, and Original Sin: Christian Interpretations of Tropical Cyclone Winston and Climate Change in Fiji
by John Cox, Glen Finau, Romitesh Kant, Jope Tarai, and Jason Titifanue
Plus Political Reviews and Books and Media Reviews.
About the Journal
The Contemporary Pacific provides a publication venue for interdisciplinary work in Pacific studies with the aim of providing informed discussion of contemporary issues in the Pacific Islands region.
Submissions must be original works not previously published and not under consideration or scheduled for publication by another publisher. Manuscripts should be 8,000 to 10,000 words, or no more than 40 double-spaced pages, including references. Find submission guidelines here.