David Chappell (UHM)
Isabelle Leblic (CNRS-LACITO)
Tate LeFevre (F&M)
Pierre-Yves Le Meur (IRD)
Tuesday, February 14th
David Chappell is Professor of Pacific History in the UHM History Department and has been
studying and writing about (Kanaky) New Caledonia for thirty years.
Isabelle Leblic is Directeur de Recherche (LACITO, CNRS, Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3,
INCALCO) and has worked on diverse topics touching on Kanak language, culture, and society
from issues of traditional ecological knowledge and practices, to social structure and adoption, to
the politics of sovereignty in the wake of the Noumea Accords.
Tate A. LeFevre is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Franklin & Marshall College. Her
recent research considers how young people imagine indigenous identity and stake cultural and
political claims on the future in New Caledonia as a French settler colony in the South Pacific.
Pierre-Yves Le Meur is an anthropologist, research director at IRD (French Research Institute for
Development), member of the GRED research unit (Governance Risk Environment
Development), Montpellier. He has been working extensively on the politics of resources and
belongings in New Caledonia, and especially on the links between mining, sovereignty, and the
value of place.
The Oceanic Anthropologies speaker series is focused on increasing awareness and visibility of
contemporary anthropological research in the Pacific Islands and is co-sponsored by the Pacific
Islands Development Program, and the Department of Anthropology and Center for Pacific