Tagaloa X Tangaroa: Pasifika Popular Music and Climate Justice

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Thursday 13 June 2024, 11.30am - 1.30pm 

Radcliffe Humanities Building

All welcome


This event co-sponsored with Climate Crisis Thinking in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Speakers: Dr. Kirsten Zemke (University of Auckland), Luka Leleiga Lim-Cowley (St. Antony's College, University of Oxford)


The Pacific region is one of the most severely impacted areas in the world by climate change; the countries comprising the Pacific, however, are amongst many of the lowest contributors to ecological crisis. This talk will discuss the interconnections between Indigenous Pacific popular music and climate justice, focusing on the music of artists such as Stan Walker, Maisey Rika, Tiki Taane, Te Vaka, Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole, Herbs, and Alien Weaponry.

Dr. Kirsten Zemke is a pouako matua (senior lecturer) in ethnomusicology at Te Whare Wānanga o Waipapa Taumata Rau (The University of Auckland). Her research focuses on gender and sexuality in popular music, Pasifika popular music, and hip hop.

Luka Leleiga Lim-Cowley is a poet and a doctoral candidate in social anthropology at St Antony’s College. Their main areas of research are race, gender, sexuality, disability, Pasifika activism, and Pacific Indigeneity.

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