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Launch of Pacific Studies at Swinburne

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Date: 9 March 2017
Venue: EN214 Hawthorn Campus

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The Department of Education and Social Sciences invites you to the launch of Pacific Studies at Swinburne. 

Professor Michael Leach, Chair of Education and Social Sciences will launch the program and outline its goals.

Professor Robbie Robertson, Dean and Professor, School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities will present a paper entitled ‘The General’s Goose: Fiji’s Tale of Contemporary Misadventure’.

The General’s Goose: Fiji’s Tale of Contemporary Misadventure

His admirers said he was a charismatic leader with a dazzling smile, a commoner following an ancient tradition of warrior service on behalf of an indigenous people who feared marginalisation at the hands of ungrateful immigrants. One tourist pleaded with him to stage a coup in her backyard; in private parties around the capital Suva, infatuated women whispered ‘coup me baby’ in his presence. It was so easy to overlook the enormity of what he had done in planning and implementing Fiji’s first military coup, to be seduced by celebrity, captivated by the excitement of the moment, and plead its inevitability, the final eruption of long-simmering indigenous discontent. A generation would pass before the consequences of Fiji’s strongman of 1987, Sitiveni Rabuka, would be fully appreciated, but by then the die had been well and truly cast. The Major General did not live happily ever after. No nirvana followed the assertion of indigenous rights. If anything, misadventure became his country’s most enduring contemporary trait.

Refreshments will be provided, all welcome.


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