Safua Akeli as part of the Centre for Samoan Studies Seminar and Film Series presented a seminar on her thesis topic on Thursday, 27 April 2017. Her presentation topic was “Samoa ‘On Show’: Re-examining Samoa-New Zealand Relations through display from 1923 – 2007.”
Her thesis investigates the Samoa-New Zealand relationship from 1923-2007 using five key exhibitions as case studies. These reveal that the role of display in the colonial and post-colonial context has been used in a variety of ways over time; for economuc colonial ‘boosting’, for a moralising effect, as a surveillance method and as a n empowering tool for indigenous voices.
Safua Akeli is currently a Senior Lecturer for Development Studies at the Centre for Samoan Studies, and has just completed her PhD at the University of Queensland, Australia.