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Morgan Tuimalealiifano

Lecturer
Social Sciences
University of south pacific
Fiji

Biography

He is a member of the several village lineages of Sāmoa. He has a Ph.D. from ANU-USP. His Ph.D Thesis Title is “Agaifanua ma Aganu'u fa'a Samoa: a history of a tama’aiga title dispute in Samoa.” Published in 2006 and re-printed 2008 as O Tama a ‘Aiga: the Politics of succession to Samoa’s Paramount Titles, Institute of Pacific Studies, USP. He is Associate Professor in History and Coordinator of History discipline in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Law, the University of the South Pacific. He is a member of the Pacific History Association having served as its past president and convenor of two conferences in 2002 in Samoa and 2008 in Fiji.

Research Interest

His teaching and research interests are indigenous and introduced governance systems with special emphasis on the loss of autonomy in the 19th century and the possibility of losing it yet again. His post-graduate course on Pacific Island diasporic communities explores a Pan Pacific identity for the region's citizens in a future united Pacific Islands.

Publications

  • “The Vanishing Matai in Fiji and the Poverty of Leadership”. In Telesia Lafotanoa and Asofou So’o (eds) Fa’a Matai in the World, Centre of Samoan Studies, National University of Samoa, Apia.

  • (forthcoming) 'Cultural Groups in Fiji', Unit 1 for History prescription, Fiji School Leaving Certificate, Ministry of Education, Government of the Republic of Fiji.

  • (Rep) O Tama a ‘Aiga: Politics of Succession to Samoa’s Paramount Titles, Preface, 8 chapters, appendices, bibliography and index, Institute of Pacific Publication, University of the South Pacific. (135 pp), ISBN 978-982-02-0377-8 RRP $29.95

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