Some of the gruntiest specialists on Fiji come together in Australia today to provide an analysis on the issues that have affected Fiji since its Independence.
The Fiji at Forty workshop is being held at College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University, in Canberra.
The speakers, and issues covered, include:
Stewart Firth Introduction to the Workshop
Jon Fraenkel Critical Junctures in Fiji;s Post-Colonial Journey
Robert Norton Fijians and the State - Ethnic Nationalism versus Muti-ethnic Nation Building: From Sukuna to Bainimarama
Robbie Robertson Contextualizing Fiji's Coup Culture
Steven Ratuva Coerced Transformation: The Coup Culture in a Fragile Democracy
Padma Lal BitterSweet: The Unenviable Fate of the Fiji Sugar Industry
Jone Baledrokadroka The Military in Postcolonial Fiji
Nic Maclellan, Trade and Labour Modalities
Brij Lal Where Has All the Music Gone? Reflections on the 40th Anniversary of Fiji's Independence
Organisers hope the workshop will generate credible academic solutions to the present political situation, saying rigourous discussion and debate is anticipated. Pictures: Lal (top left), Fraenkel's book (right) and Baledrokadroka (bottom left).