On the edge? Deserts, oceans, islands

Margaret Jolly

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    Abstract

    This paper starts with a playful interrogation of being "on the edge" of California from the perspective of a millennial experience "in the center" of Australia - partly to suggest my own location, but also to suggest how imagined geographies of edges and centers, of peripheries and interiors are geopolitical mirages. It then moves to a consideration of how representations of deep time, in being "on the edge" or inhabiting "a sea of islands" relate to the contemporary politics of indigeneity and diaspora in the Pacific. While acknowledging the differences between Islanders of different regions and countries, the co-presence of the values of "roots" and "routes" is stressed. The varied relation of indigeneity and diaspora is explored through visual arts displayed in museums and cultural festivals in Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Aotearoa New Zealand, and Australia.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)417-466
    Number of pages50
    JournalContemporary Pacific
    Volume13
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2001

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