torika bolatagici

Research

Torika’s ongoing research is concerned with neo-colonial encounters between the US, Australia, Britain and Pacific Island nations. Specifically, the systematic recruitment of Fijian’s to work for Private Security Military Companies, and other mercenary roles in the Middle East. She is also interested in documenting diasporic Pacific Islander communities in Australia.

Conference Presentations

June 2010 – Bolatagici, T. Representing Fijian Bodies and the Economy of War, paper to Oceanic Conference on International Studies, Auckland University, Aotearoa.

November 2009 – Bolatagici, T. Identity and Authenticity in the Pacific Diaspora: Conversations on Art, paper to The Big Island: Promoting Contemporary Pacific Art and Craft in Australia: A Development Workshop, University of Wollongong, Australia.

October 2009 – Bolatagici, T. Representing Fijian Bodies and the Economy of War, paper to Gender and Militarism in the Pacific workshop, Victoria University, Wellington, Aotearoa.

March 2009 – Bolatagici, T. Clowning Around: Representing Race and Rebellion in the Classroom, paper to Teachers, Teaching and the Movies, St Mary’s College, Moraga, California, United States.

February 2002 – Bolatagici, T. Hybrid and Multiracial Identities: (Re)presenting the Third Space, paper to Pacifika Ways of Knowing: Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, United States.

September 2001 – Bolatagici, T. From the (n)either/(n)or of Third Space: (re)presenting hybrid identity and the embodiment of post-race, Paper to Motivation and Inspiration: Deakin University Postgraduate Research Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Publications

Bolatagici, T. ‘Just Like Home: Suburban Realities in the work of Lisa Hilli’, Art Monthly Australia, #232, August 2010.

Bolatagici, T. ‘Just Like Home: Suburban Realities in the work of Lisa Hilli’, exhibition catalogue essay for Lisa Hilli Kultour project.

Bolatagici, T. ‘Claiming the (n)either/(n)or of ‘third space’ (re)presenting Hybrid Identity and the Embodiment of Mixed Race’ in a special edition of the Journal of Intercultural Studies titled ‘Cultural Ways of Knowing Within Global Contexts’, (Ed) Dr Anne-Marie Tupuola, Vol. 25, Number 1, April 2004, pp.75-85.

For more information email: torika76(at)gmail.com

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