Friends of the Turnbull Public Programme:  Non-violent civil disobedience in Oceania, Kealani Cook, 24 July 2024

Wednesday 24 July 2024, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, (lower ground) National Library Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street or on Zoom.

Professor Kealani Cook is making a comparative study of non-violent civil disobedience in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific. In this talk he will consider non-violent resistance at Parihaka alongside that of the Samoan Mao movement.

A history of peaceful protests across Oceania

In this talk Professor Kealani Cook will discuss his research examining non-violent civil disobedience movements across Oceania. He has been considering the peaceful protests of Parihaka and the Samoan Mau movement during his visits to New Zealand to work in the Alexander Turnbull Library. 

Professor Cook notes that while historians have examined these individual movements, there has been a lack of comparative work examining the role of civil disobedience in the history of the region and the role of the region in the history of civil disobedience. His larger project will bring together two further such events: the Maʻasina Ruru movement, and Operation Homecoming at Kwajalein Atoll. 

About the speaker

Kealani Cook is Associate Professor in the Humanities Division, University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu, Kapolei, and author of Return to Kahiki: Native Hawaiians in Oceania (Cambridge University Press, 2018). In 2024 he was the recipient of a Travel Grant from the Friends of the Turnbull Library, His research project is a comparative history examining non-violent civil disobedience movements across Oceania. He plans to write a book bringing together four such movements: the Parihaka campaign of peaceful resistance, the Samoan Mau movement, the Maʻasina Ruru movement, and Operation Homecoming at Kwajalein Atoll.

More information can be found here.