Many commentators argue that the Federated States of Micronesia's (FSM) Compact of Free Association with the United States belies claims of sovereignty and independence, and thus renders meaningless the term “postcolonial.” Using ethnography, linguistics, contemporary biographical studies, and Greg Dening’s notion of deep time, this presentation seeks to understand the FSM not as an American dependency, but as an imperfect and localized expression in nation-state form of much older exchange networks, voyaging communities, and contact zones.
Department of History
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Dr. David Hanlon is a former East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellow and earned his Ph.D. from the History Department at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa. His research interests include Micronesia, missionization, development, Pacific historiography, and cross-cultural encounters. He maintains strong commitment to graduate education and to mentoring students from the Pacific Islands region, and has been honored twice by the university as the recipient of UH Presidential and Board of Regents awards for excellence in teaching.