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Place Matters: A History of ASAO Meeting Sites

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Title:Place Matters: A History of ASAO Meeting Sites
Authors:Rynkiewich, Michael A.
Keywords:Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania
LC Subject Headings:Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania
Date Issued:May 2021
Publisher:Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania
Citation:Rynkiewich, Michael A. 2021. Place Matters: A History of ASAO Meeting Sites. ASAO Histories Paper 5. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, May.
Series:ASAO Histories Papers;5
Abstract:Having attended the meetings of the Association for Social Anthropology (ASAO) off and on since 1969, and having served as the "Site Coordinator" for seven years, in this paper I take the long view of meeting site selection. The explicit and implicit criteria for a good meeting site, the politics of site selection, and even the locus of decision making have all changed over the years, and rightly so as, on the one hand, ASAO membership has grown to include scholars from the Pacific and Europe, and, on the other, the hotel and catering business has changed. Chances were taken; some turned out well, others did not. Lessons were learned so that, as the work to discover potential sites moved from being a responsibility of the whole membership to that of a committee and eventually of an individual, the process became more complex and demanding. Still, a good site sets the stage for the real work of ASAO: to provide a venue where Pacific Islanders, students, teachers, and researchers (not all mutually exclusive categories) can exchange information and perspectives in order to further Pacific Islands studies.
Pages/Duration:37 pages
Rights:Copyright is owned by the author. This paper has been made available online for research purposes, with the permission of the author. Further reproduction, outside fair-use conventions, is prohibited without prior permission of the author.
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