You would be forgiven if it appeared the Australian Defence Force was still orientated towards all things European but Australia increasingly is having to engage closely not just with close and trusted partners but with its own neighbours.
Please note: This is a hybrid event and will also be available on Zoom.
Speaker: Shaun Gessler, PhD Candidate, DPA
What does China’s increasing economic engagement in the Pacific mean for Pacific Island communities? Shaun Gessler’s anthropology thesis investigates the relationship between the Chinese majority-run Ramu Nickel Cobalt project – China’s largest investment in the Pacific to date – and the indigenous communities on whose land the project is located.
The dominant discourse on masculinity in the Pacific is that it is a problem which must be fixed. As a social problem, Pacific masculinity manifests in high rates of anti-social behaviour, including high rates of violence against women and children. Consequently, masculinity and men and boys have become objects of policy concern for government and non-government agencies. Notably, while masculinity and the behaviour of men and boys have attracted policy attention, the views and voices of men have not always been included in this conversation.