Pilgrimage Studies in Oceania Betwixt and between National Concerns, Academic Trends and Local Ontologies

Anna-Karina Hermkens

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    Pilgrimage studies as a distinct field of interest started to emerge only recently in Oceania, which encompasses Australia, and the islands and nations of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. Most of the work has been undertaken by Anglophone scholars working in history, religious studies and tourism studies. French scholars working in New Caledonia and French Polynesia have shown little interest in pilgrimage studies, and dissemination between Anglophone and Francophone scholarship is, also in the part of the world, limited. Characteristic is the stark divide that exists between mainly historical, religious and tourism studies scholars working on Australian or 'western' travel and pilgrimage, and anthropologists working in indigenous communities in Oceania. While the former predominantly focus on nationhood and self within the contexts of war and tourism pilgrimages, the latter often focuses on indigenous relational religious and spiritual ontologies, and related notions of alterity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNew Pathways in Pilgrimage Studies: Global Perspectives
    Editors Dionigi Albera & John Eade
    Place of PublicationOxon, New York
    PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
    ISBN (Print)9781317267669
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


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