In this recorded conversation, two anthropologists examine the culturally and socially shaped ways in which Oceanic societies experience, conceptualize, and represent the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, they discuss the changing visual and vegetal foodscapes of Fiji and neighboring Island States, where local food production systems have seen a resurgence during the pandemic. In foregrounding the multiple forms of resilience, continuity, and kinship that characterize Oceanic societies’ responses to the pandemic, the conversation brings into the fold the artistic and academic contributions of numerous other scholars and communities from the region, whose experiences formed the focus of the 2020 Oceania special issue “Oceanic Societies in COVID-19” (co-edited by Ute Eickelkamp and Sophie Chao).
Acknowledgements: Kēhaulani Vaughn, Jake Fitisemanu Jr., ʻInoke Hafoka, Kehaulani Folau. Tarcisius Kabutaulaka, Ilisoni Lasaqa Vuetinabouono Leweniqila, Suliasi Davelevu Vunibola, Aiono Manu Fa’aea, Tagialofa Emiliata, Priscilla Asem, Junior Levi, Tamala Iosua, Agalelei Ioane, Valu Seupoai, Mika Eteuati, Pesi Solipo, Tautane Nuu, Ruth (Lute) Faleolo, Theresa (Isa) Arriola Mook, Jackie Faasisila, Gregory Waula Bablis, Rochelle Bailey, Liana Chua, Ramona Boodoosingh, Craig Santos Perez, Eve Vincent, Amanda Kearney, Ola Gunhildrud Berta, Elise Berman, Albious Latior, Gregoire Randin, Tom Powell Davies, Robert Banasi, Edward P. Wolfers, Dion Enari, Rukmani Gounder, and Mohseen Riaz Ud Dean, Tom Vierus/Pacific Media House
For further information on this topic, consult the Especial Issue “Oceanic Societies in COVID-19”