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Folktales and Fairy Tales:  Translation, Colonialism, and Cinema 


Under the sponsorship of the UHM English Department and the co-sponsorship of the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, the Center for South Asian Studies, and the Indigenous Politics Program in Political Science, the International Symposium “Folktales and Fairy Tales: Translation, Colonialism, and Cinema” will be held at UHM from September 23 through September 26, 2008. Presenting at this symposium are Professors Donald Haase (Wayne State University), Vilsoni Hereniko (Center for Pacific Island Studies, UHM), Sadhana Naithani (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Noenoe Silva (Political Science and Hawaiian Language, UHM), Wazíyatawin (University of Victoria, BC), Steven Winduo (University of Papua New Guinea), and Jack Zipes (University of Minnesota).


Format and Activities:

Each of our main speakers will present a paper as part of the symposium:

Donald Haase, “Decolonizing Fairy-Tale Studies”
Steven E. Winduo, “Oceanic Folktales, Translation, and Power”
Vilsoni Hereniko
, “Film as a Colonizing Medium: Indigenous Knowledge, Translation, and the Market Economy”
Wazíyatawin, “Maka Cokaya Kin (The Center of the Earth): From the Clay We Rise”
Noenoe Silva, “Ka‘ililauokekoa: The Translation of a Traditional Hawaiian Story to Video”
Sadhana Naithani, “Value of Changing Forms:  Indian Folktales from Colonialism to Bollywood”
Jack Zipes, “De-Disneyfying the Fairy-Tale Film”


Working sessions or seminars will include UHM faculty and graduate students who are actively engaged in studying folk/fairy tales and/or problems of history, colonialism and cinematic representation.  Participation in and attendance at the Symposium as a whole will be free. We hope to have a core of 50 some participants committing to the working sessions. The evening events will be free and open to the public.

In preparation for the symposium, we will make scholarly resources available online and provide useful reading and research materials to faculty and students. During the weeks of September 8 and 15, we will be showing Professor Hereniko’s film The Land Has Eyes, the Hawaiian video “Ka‘ililauokekoa,” and some other relevant films.  We will also be setting up some discussions with graduate students about readings.

Some of the symposium’s events will be filmed for Hawai‘i Bibliovision, a program sponsored by the English Department that airs the first Tuesday of every month on ‘Ōlelo 55, at 8 p.m.