In this seminar, the University of Verona’s Anna Paini draws from her fieldwork in Lifou, Loyalty Islands to consider how Lifouan women experience bridewealth, which in this part of the world is more of an understanding between families rather than a formal contract. For most Lifouan people, a customary marriage (faipoipo) is still a key event in becoming a member of the community and to taking their social role in the broader society.
Anna Paini holds a PhD in Anthropology from the Australian National University and currently is Associate Professor in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Verona. Since 1989, she has done extensive fieldwork in Lifou (Loyalty Islands) on Kanak women’s knowledge, practices and forms of sociality and on cultural heritage and material culture. An ongoing research interest is the ‘robe mission.' She is the author of Il filo e l’aquilone. I confini della differenza in una società kanak della Nuova Caledonia (2007). Among her recent publications are La densità delle cose. Oggetti ambasciatori tra Oceania e Europa (2014, with M. Aria), Tides of Innovation in Oceania. Value, Materiality and Place (2017, with E. Gnecchi Ruscone). She is on the board of the European Society for Oceanists, which she chaired from 2005 to 2008.
Anna Paini will spend one month at the Faculty of Arts and Science at Concordia University as a Visiting Scholar conducting research on bridewealth in collaboration with professor Christine Jourdan.
This presentation is free and open to the public.