History Conversations: “‘Rugby is Life’: Researching Rugby in the Pacific Islands (Fiji, Tonga and Samoa)"
Robert Dewey, Class of 1988, Professor of History (DePauw University), Research Affiliate Colgate University, 2019-20
Over the past decade Professor Robert Dewey (class of ’88) has pursued research on rugby football in the Pacific Islands towards a monograph on the History of Rugby in Fiji and articles on the professionalization of rugby in 1995 following a century of amateur competition. His talk will include reflections on the challenges and rewards of conducting historical research in a region that embraces the phrase “Rugby is Life”. In particular, the discussion will include consideration of indigenous histories, colonialism, insider-outsider dynamics, archival work, oral histories, sports history and consultancy work on behalf of the Fiji and Samoa Rugby Unions.
Tuesday, November 12 at 11:30am to 1:00pm
Alumni Hall, 331
13 Oak Dr., Hamilton, NY 13346