2020 Session 1

Session 1: Asia-Pacific Maritime Cultural Landscape: an Austronesian Cultural Identity?

Abstract

This session will bring together community individuals, archaeologists, historians, ecologists and others to discuss and interpret the many methods used by indigenous people to catch fish. Fish weirs and traps have been used for hundreds/thousands of years and many have been designed and utilised in a sustainable and environmentally harmonious manner. While various examples and styles can be found across the region, the similarity in the spiritual, ritual, cultural and social connections could suggest a broad regional connection. Does this Cultural Landscape and all that it entails—the tangible and living heritage (intangible heritage)—provide a regional Cultural Identity for the people involved?

Session organisers seek papers and presentations that will further this research through reporting on fish weir studies across the Asia-­‐Pacific region, in addition to comparative research implemented elsewhere. Papers are also sought on associated cultural anthropological studies and any investigations into related terrestrial and maritime archaeological sites, in addition to those studies that provide a broad understanding of traditional coastal settlement and marine management.

 

Session Organisers:

Professor Ming-­‐Ju Lee
Dean of Research & Development
National Penghu University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
mjlee@gms.npu.edu.tw

Dr. Meihua Shao
Post-­‐Doctoral Researcher
The Tropical Island Sustainable Development Research Center, National Penghu University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
shao3333@hotmail.com

Dr. Bill Jeffery
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
University of Guam
billfjeffery@gmail.com

Magda Nowakowska