The Centre for Samoan Studies started its Seminar and film series for 2017 with a seminar presentation by Professor Meleisea Leasiolagi Malama Meleisea on the topic, ‘Mass Title Conferrals: A new Practice in Fa’asamoa? on Thursday, 23rd February 2017. His presentation focused on a case study of mass title conferrals which occurred in Vaitele.
Professor Meleisea is a Historian and also currently the Director of the Centre for Samoan Studies since 2012. He was also a judge in the Samoa Lands and Titles Court. Meleisea was also the Director and Associate Professor for the Centre for Pacific Studies at Auckland University from 1993-1998. He was the foundation Director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of Canterbury and also a Senior Lecturer in Pacific History and Politics at the University of the South Pacific. Meleisea also worked for UNESCO for about thirteen years as the UNESCO Regional Adviser for Social and Human Sciences for Asia and the Pacific. He was also the Director and UNESCO representative in Afghanistan and Bangladesh. He has published many books and articles on Samoa and Pacific history.