School of Language, Arts & Media
+679 32 32821
BA PGDip. S.Pac., MA Waik.
I am the coordinator for the Fijian Studies programme. I currently teach the following courses:
• LL161: Fijian Language Studies I – Vakadidike Vosa Vakaviti I
• LL262: Fijian Orature/Literature II – Umavosa Maroroi Vakaviti II
• LL362: Orality, Literacy and Culture – Umavosa Maroroi Vakaviti III
I have two main areas of research interest. The first is the vanua in the pre-Christian and colonial era and the culture of the itaukei in the present day. The second is the itaukei language, its orature and verbal art.
Tomlinson, M. and Degei, S. B. (2016). Theologies of Mana and Sau in Fiji. In: New Mana: Transformations of a classic concept in Pacific languages and cultures. Monographs in anthropology series. ANU Press, The Australian National University, pp. 237-256. ISBN 9781760460075 (paperback) 9781760460082 (ebook)
"The institute of itaukei language and culture" (2010) Pacific sub regional network meeting in the safeguarding of Intangible Heritage Workshop, Tokatoka resort, Nadi.
"Inventory making – Fiji’s experiences" (2009) WIPO Regional Seminar on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources and Traditional Cultural Expressions, Bangkok.
"Methodism and kava in Fiji" (2008) 18th PHA conference at USP campus.
"Yaqona and Methodism" (2008) ASAO (Association of Social Anthropologists of Oceania) national conference, Canberra, Australia.