PACT 2016

The Eighth Annual Meeting of the


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Colony and Resistance

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
Hilo, Hawaiʻi
& Mauna Kea Visitor Center
September 15-18, 2016

Conference Program


8:30-8:50 Kīpaepae (opening ceremony)
Library Lanai—just down the stairs from Campus Center


Opening Session: Decolonizing Nature
Campus Center 301

Moderator: Tim Freeman (University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo)

Chaone Mallory (Villanova University)
“Colonization and Resistance from the Ivory Tower to the Treetops: Theoretical and Ecological Boundary-Crossings”

Gerard Kuperus (University of San Francisco)
“Crossing Borders: On Rats, Mice, and Other Decolonizing Packs”


Panel 1: Anti-Colonial Interventions
Campus Center 301

Moderator: Jamie Economy (University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo)

Deniz Durmuş (John Carroll University)
“What Should a Feminist Anti-Colonial Intervention Look Like?”

Chris Lauer (University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo)
“Property is Not Immunity: The Case of Mauna Kea”

Panel 2: Resisting Capitalism
Campus Center 306

Moderator: Elizabeth Sikes (Seattle University)

Adam Haaga (Memorial University)
“Resistance Thinking: Bataille's Community of Excess”

Peter Milne (Seoul National University)
“The Intractable: Capitalism and the Energy of Resistance”


Panel 1: Contemporary Efforts in Decolonization
Campus Center 301

Moderator: Celia Bardwell-Jones (University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo)

Marina Karides (University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo), Jennifer Chai (University of Hawai’i at Hilo), and Haylee Makana Kushi (Yale University)
“Contemporary Sovereignty and A Query Of Hawaiian Feminist Potentialities (Indigenous Feminisms, Queer Theory, and Pacific Coloniality)”

Samantha Fazekas (Boston College)
“Geschichtsbewältigung and Reparations in America”

Panel 2: Indigenizing Philosophy
Campus Center 306

Moderator: Geoff Ashton (University of Colorado–Colorado Springs)

Abigail Klassen (University of Nevada, Los Vegas)
“‘Serious’ Philosophy, ‘Serious’ Politics, and Indigenous ‘Worldviews’”

Jason Wirth (Seattle University)
“Inhabiting the Earth: Colony and Resistance in Malick's The New World”


Panel 1: “Man” as a Creation of Colonialism
Campus Center 301

Moderator: Marjolein Oele (University of San Francisco)

Emily Parker (Towson University)
“Human as Double Bind: Sylvia Wynter and the Genre of ‘Man’”

Dorothea Olkowski (University of Colorado–Colorado Springs)
“Colonization and the Creation of Asian Sex Tourism”

Panel 2: Hermeneutics of Resistance
Campus Center 306

Moderator: Benjamin Young (University of South Florida)

Paul Kidder (Seattle University)
“The Philosophical Hermeneutics of Economic Development Assistance”

Cynthia Coe (Central Washington University)
“Narration and the Memory of Colonial Violence: Daoud's Response to Camus”


Double feature at Campus Center Plaza
Moderator: Jason Wirth (Seattle University)
Peter Steeves and Danielle Meijer (DePaul University)
“Show of Resistance”

Jon Osorio (Dean of Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa)
“Intimacies: Poetics of a Land Beloved”



Panel 1: Decolonizing Wastelands
Campus Center 301

Moderator: Gerard Kuperus (University of San Francisco)

Amanda Parris (University of San Francisco)
“Toward an Unevental Concept of Resistance”

Robert Trumbull (University of Washington, Bothell)
“What is Deconstructive Resistance?”


Panel 1: Roundtable on Sustainability, Resistance, and Education in Hawaii
Campus Center 301

Manu Meyer (University of Hawaiʻi-West Oahu), Celia Bardwell-Jones (University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo), Kathryn Besio (University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo), Misty Pacheco (University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo)

Panel 2: Resisting Modernity: Local Strategies, De-Colonial Thinking
Campus Center 306

Moderator: Marjolein Oele (University of San Francisco)

Pedro Lange and Tanu Sankalia (University of San Francisco)
“‘Askancing’: Against Epistemic Illusions”

Michael Rozendal (University of San Francisco)
“Resistance in the Fragments: Strategies, Politics, Ruptures in Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir”

Filip Kovacevic (University of San Francisco)
“Resisting the Neocolonialist Agenda in the Balkans: The Case of Montenegro”

2:00 Vans leave UH Hilo for trip to Mauna Kea Visitors Information Center.


Colony and Resistance on Mauna Kea
Mauna Kea Visitor Center

Moderator: Chris Lauer (University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo)

Julia Morgan (Kauaʻi Community College)
“Pele and Francis Bacon Protest the TMT: Standing with Kanaka Maoli on Mauna Kea”

Tim Freeman (University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo)
“For Whom are the Stars? Colonialism and Resistance on Mauna Kea”

Jon Osorio (Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa)
“Clarity at the Summit: Confrontation and Mauna Kea”

Boxed dinners, sunset, and stargazing to follow


Optional excursions to Richardson Beach for snorkeling and Volcanoes National Park for hiking; both meet in front of Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Reception at Chris Lauer’s house (1180 N. Kumuwaina Pl). Van leaves Hilo Hawaiian at 5:00.



Panel 1: The Ethics and Epistemology of Colonialism
Campus Center 301

Moderator: James Smith (University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo)

Michelle Mahoney (Memorial University)
“Colonization and Complicity: Self and Community in C.S. Peirce and Felix Guattari”

Kathryn Muyskens (Nanyang Technical University)
“Human Rights and Ethical Interaction across Cultures”

Panel 2: Pedagogy of Resistance
Campus Center 306

Moderator: Ralph Aquino (University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo)

Jessica Gonzalez (Hawaiʻi Community College)
“Mauna a Wakea: Experiencing Science and the Indigenous Culture of Hawaii”

Ben Zenk (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa)
“Teaching Others to Think and Learning to Think from Others: Two Paradoxes of the Critical Thinking Classroom”


Panel 1: Decolonizing Aesthetics
Campus Center 301

Moderator: Ben Zenk (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa)

Maura McCreight (Stony Brook University)
“Impersonal Aesthetics: Resisting the Ego in Narcissistic Memory and Spectatorship”

Geoff Ashton (University of Colorado–Colorado Springs)
“De-colonizing Movement of Mimesis in Indian Performance Theory: The Problem of Translating Anukarana in the Abhinavabharati”

Panel 2: Resistance and Gifts
Campus Center 306

Moderator: Jessica Gonzalez (Hawaiʻi Community College)

Benjamin Young (University of South Florida),
“Humanitarian Development with Recognition: Ricoeur and Gadamer on Gifts, Resistance, Festivals, and Mutual Understanding”

Paulette Kidder (Seattle University)
“Integral Ecology and the Logic of the Gift”


Panel 1: Space and Imagination
Campus Center 301
Moderator: Jason Wirth (Seattle University)

Sarah Marusek (University of Hawaii at Hilo)
“Aesthetics of the Road: Law in Motion”

Jason Winfree (California State University, Stanislaus)
“Politics, Literary Imagination, Colonization: José Donoso's Minor Politics”

Panel 2: Philosophy Student Panel
Campus Center 306

Moderator: Celia Bardwell-Jones (University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo)

Ralph Aquino (University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo)
“F.W.J. Schelling’s System of Freedom”

Edwina Degrood (University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo)
“Alternate Frameworks of Place”

James Smith (University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo)
“Holistic Sustainability”

Cayla Crivello (Hawaiʻi Community College)


Panel 1: The Body as the Site of Colony and Resistance
Campus Center 301

Moderator: Chris Lauer (University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo)

Elizabeth Sikes (Seattle University)
“Francisco's Liver, Jean-Luc's Heart: What the Phenomenology of Transplantation Says about the Self as Colony and Resistance”

Marjolein Oele (University of San Francisco)
“Rethinking Colony and Resistance in the Light of Pregnancy and Microchimerism: Chasing the Chimera’s of the Others that We Are”

Panel 2: Sociology Student Panel
Campus Center 306

Moderator: Marina Karides (University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo)

Kanoeuluwehianu Case (University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo)
"From Mauna to the Sea”

Jessica Pang (University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo)
“The Human Commodity”

Marguerite Stith (University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo)
“The Incarceration of Indigenous Peoples: Australia and Canada”

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Abridged Restaurant Guide

Note: There are no cheap restaurants in Hilo, but all of the restaurants listed below have at least some reasonably affordable options.

Near the hotel
Hilo Bay Café – Best food in town, but you’ll need a reservation for evening meals
Ponds Café – Also pretty good and usually pretty crowded; pasta, fish, and wine-type place
Coconut Grill – Large plates of Hawaiian-style food. Few vegetarian options, but rarely crowded and totally decent food for carnivores; good breakfast; live music Thursdays and Fridays
Ken’s Pancake House – Inexplicably popular greasy breakfast place

Hilo Farmer’s Market – Best selection on Wednesday and Saturday mornings; try the green papaya salad Any Thai restaurant – Naung Mai has the best takeout, and New Chang Mai the nicest atmosphere, but they’re all pretty good
Pineapples – Great outdoor atmosphere, fish tacos; sometimes crowded
Ocean Sushi – Great, reasonably priced sushi, but slow service; order takeout if interested Hilo Burger Joint – Best beer selection in town
Kanpai – Sushi, noodle, and saké bar

20 minute walk from University
Restaurant Miwa – Japanese with nice atmosphere; slightly more expensive than Ocean Sushi Kamana Kitchen – Competent Indian food
Wiki Fresh – Hawaiian style taco joint

On Campus Dining
Campus Dining Center – Standard university cafeteria right beneath Campus Center Island Naturals – Kiosk for natural sandwiches and coffee across from the library
Anuenue’s Kitchen – Food truck for Hawaiian barbecue by Campus Center Plaza – Thursday only Sweet Cane Café – Smoothies, salads, sandwiches, bento inside Student Life Center
Sky Garden Café – Chinese and Hawaiian buffet – long walk from Campus Center; by Imiloa Planetarium

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