Vortrag im Oberseminar
Dr. Sina Emde, Universität Heidelberg
Between equality and hierarchy - Women’s political activism and ethnonationalism in Fiji
My presentation discusses ethnographic data that I gathered during my doctoral fieldwork in urban Fiji in 2000, 2001 and 2004. I discuss the work of the Fiji Women’s Rights Movements (FWRM), a multi-ethnic secular women’s rights organisation in urban Fiji, in the context of the attempted May 2000 ethno-nationalist coup. I explore how women activists construed diverging views and positions in different national and international contexts and locations throughout the crisis. While their articulations within Fiji were in close dialogue with and even accommodating ethno-nationalist affirmations of indigenous supremacy within the nation-state, their work in the context of an international UN women’s conference and in the national official courts emphasised their struggle for universal human rights and democracy disconnected from indigenous Fijian discourses of hierarchy and tradition. These dynamics pose interesting questions in the light of anthropological debates of the last decade on possible frictions (Tsing 2005), vernacularizations (Merry 2009) or travelling models (Charlesworth and Jolly 2013) of global / Western concepts of women’s rights, human rights and democracy and local political systems, norms and values.
Wann? Montag, 16. November 2015 , 18 - 20 Uhr
Wo? Institut für Ethnologie, Oettingenstraße 67, 80538 München
Raum L155 (Obergeschoss) Lageplan
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