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T ATE L E F EVRE

Franklin & Marshall College


Lancaster, PA 17604-3003
tlefevre@fandm.edu
(845) 807-7112

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS


Indigeneity, settler colonialism and race. Melanesia and the anthropology of Oceania.
Representation and differential sovereignties. Post-colonial France, citizenship and secularism.
Youth, personhood and social change. Media and visual ethnography.
EDUCATION
2013
2009
2008
2004

Ph.D., Anthropology, New York University


Graduate Certificate in Culture and Media, New York University
M.A., Anthropology, New York University
B.A. (Honors), Anthropology, Dartmouth College, cum laude

Ph.D. Thesis (2013): Creating Kanaky: Indigeneity, Youth and the Cultural Politics of the Possible in New
Caledonia
Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Nouma between Oct 2009 and Nov 2010.
Advisors: Fred Myers, Bambi Scheiffelin, Haidy Geismar, Faye Ginsburg, Susan Carol Rogers
ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
2013Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Franklin and Marshall College
2012 2013 Adjunct Instructor, New York University
2011 - 2012 Adjunct Instructor, Department of Anthropology, Fordham University
AWARDS, HONORS, AND FELLOWSHIPS
National and International Competition
2014
2012
2009

CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award (nominee)


AAUW Dissertation Fellowship (selected as an alternate)
National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant

University-wide Competition
2014
2014
2004
2012
2009
2008
2005
2004
2003

Office of College Grants Faculty Resource Fund Award, Franklin & Marshall College
Academic Innovation Grant, Franklin & Marshall College
Deans Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences, New York University
Deans Dissertation Fellowship, New York University
Annette B. Weiner Fellowship in Cultural Anthropology, New York University
School of Arts & Sciences Summer Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, New York University
Henry Mitchell McCracken Fellowship, New York University
Mary E. Westbrook Prize for best honors thesis in Anthropology, Dartmouth College
Claire Garber Goodman Award for Undergraduate Field Research in Anthropology

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REFEREED PUBLICATIONS
n.d.

In prep. Creating Kanaky: Indigeneity, Youth and the Cultural Politics of the Possible (Book
manuscript).

n.d.

In prep. Culture, Coutume, Kastom: On Having and Performing Culture in New


Caledonia.

2015

Nous ne sommes pas des dlinquants! Lautorit coutumire et la marginalization de


la jeunesse urbain kanak in Emancipations Kanak, edited by Christine Demmer &
Christine Salomon. Paris: EthniesDroits de lhomme et peuples autochtones en
association avec Survival International. Pp. 254-267.

2015

Settler Colonialism. in Oxford Bibliographies in Anthropology, edited by John Jackson.


New York: Oxford University Press.

2013a

Turning Niches Into Handles: Kanak Youth, Associations and the Construction of an
Indigenous Counter-public Sphere Settler Colonial Studies 3(2):214-219.

2013b

Introduction: Difference, Representation, Resistance Settler Colonial Studies 3(2):136-140.

EDITED COLLECTIONS
2013

Difference, Representation, Resistance: Indigenous Culture as Political Resource in the


Settler-state. Special Issue 3(2), Settler Colonial Studies.

BOOK CHAPTERS, REVIEWS, ONLINE PUBLICATIONS


n.d.

Forthcoming. Reclaiming Hope in Oceania, Online curated collection, co-edited


with Eben Kirksey. Cultural Anthropology, http://www.cultanth.org

n.d.

Forthcoming. La tribu dans la ville : Lespace urbain, lautorit coutumire et la


marginalisation de la jeunesse kanak in La coutume en question: Politiques de lidentit en
Nouvelle-Caldonie edited by Benot Trpied et Christine Demmer. Paris: LHarmattan.

2013

Fibre Skirts and Dance Battles in Melanesia: Art and Encounter, edited by Nicholas
Thomas & Lissant Bolton. London: British Museum Press. Pp. 326-329.

2013b

Review of Images et Pouvoirs dans le Pacifique, Jean-Marc Regnault and Viviane Fayaud,
eds. European Review of History. (5)1:1-3.

2013c

Review of Le paradis autour de Paul Gaugin, by Viviane Fayaud. The Contemporary Pacific
25(1):203-205.

2008

Review Essay: Indigenous Motivations: Recent Acquisitions from the National


Museum of the American Indian. Museum Anthropology Review 1(2):93-99. (with A.
Strickland, S. Thorner, S. Rozenthal, et al.)

2007

Tourism and Indigenous Curation of Culture in Lifou, New Caledonia in The


Future of Indigenous Museums: Perspectives from the Southwest Pacific edited by Nick Stanley.
Pp. 78-93. New York: Berghahn Books.
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VISUAL ETHNOGRAPHY/DOCUMENTARY FILM


2008

No Such Thing as a Free Lunch (18 min). Ethnographic short documentary on media activism,
visual representation and the anti-capitalist Freegan movement in New York City.
2015. Broadcast rights acquired by Community Channel (UK free-to-air television
channel for community groups and social justice organizations).
2009. Screened in the RAI series Exploring Food, Connecting Communities, at the
British Museum.
2008. Winner of the Anthropology as a Service Award, International Student
Ethnographic Film Festival (ISEFF), Goldsmiths, University of London.

INVITED LECTURES
2014a Representations and Repossession: Indigenous Youth in a Settler Colonial City." Lafayette
College Department of Anthropology and Sociology. April 29.
2014b Tactical Subjects: Indigenous Youth, Feminism and the Settler State in New Caledonia.
Locations of Learning: Postmodernity and Transnational Feminist Practices, Barnard
Scholar and Feminist Conference. Barnard College. February 22.
CONFERENCE PAPERS
2015a Apocalypse Now? Youth, Temporality & Moral Panic in Nouma. Panel: Urban
Melanesia, Meeting of the European Society for Oceanists (ESfO), Brussels, Belgium.
2015b Backwards Hope: Indigenous Youth & Settler Colonial Teleologies in New Caledonia.
Panel: Survivals, Meeting of the American Ethnological Association, San Diego, CA.
2015c Schizophrenic Youth. Panel: Order in Melanesia, Annual Meeting of the Association
for the Anthropology of Oceania (ASAO), Santa Fe, NM.
2014 Constructing Cases, Creating Kanaky. Panel: Pacific Spaces and Sacred Buildings,
Annual Meeting of the Association for the Anthropology of Oceania (ASAO), Kona,
Hawaii.
2013a Panel Organizer (with Barbara Andersen), The Spatial Politics of Enclosure. Session at the
American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago.
2013b La Tribu Dans la Ville: Indigenous Sovereignty in a Settler City. Panel: The Spatial Politics
of Enclosure. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago.
2012a Dispossession and Double Jeopardy: Kanak Youth In the Settler Colonial City. Panel:
New Dispossessions: Imagining Non-Material Origins for Accumulation, American
Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco.
2012b Panel Organizer (with Barbara Andersen), Perils and Pleasures: Melanesian Youth Cultures,
Moral Panics, and Imagined Futures, Annual Meeting of the European Society for
Oceanists (ESfO), Bergen, Norway.
Presenter, What does it mean to be a city Kanak?: The political stakes of New Caledonias
youth crisis.
2012c Kanak Youth Cultures: Figuring (and Reconfiguring) the Possible in New Caledonia,
Power in Oceania: Closing Conference of the Bergen Pacific Alternatives Research Group,
Os, Norway.
2012d Panel Organizer (with Eben Kirksey), Reclaiming Hope: Sovereignty, Freedom, and the
Political Dimensions of Imagination in Oceania, Annual Meeting of the Association for the
Anthropology of Oceania (ASAO), Portland.

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2012e
2011a

2011b
2011c
2010
2009
2008
2006

Presenter, Captivity and Lines of Flight: Imagining the Future in New Caledonia
Presenter, Breakdancing for the Clan: Kanak Youth and the Re-framing of Tradition in
Nouma, New Caledonia, Panel: Mimesis and Transcultural Encounters.
Kanak Youth and French Associations, Transforming Colonial Categories? Customary
Law, Legal Pluralism and the Cultural Heritage of Indigenous Peoples, organized by the
Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage Project, York University, Toronto.
Panel Organizer (with Eugenia Kisin), Unsettled States: Indigenous Cultural Activism,
Sovereignty, and The Unfinished Legacies of Settler Colonialism, American
Anthropological Association Annual Meeting; Montral, Canada.
Presenter, Refusing/Reformulating Citoyennet: Kanak Youth and Cultural Production
within Associations.
Mtissage and the Disavowal of Difference : The Struggle for Kanak Sovereignty, 5th
Annual Critical Race Studies Symposium, UCLA Law School, Los Angeles.
Raising Issues: Indigenous Youth and the Legitimization of the Kanak Flag in New
Caledonia, Panel: Cultural Heritage and Political Innovation in Oceania, Annual Meeting
of the Association for the Anthropology of Oceania (ASAO), Honolulu.
Il faut quon bouge!: Kanak Youth, Cultural Production and Possible Futures in
Kanaky/New Caledonia, Annual Meeting of the Australian Association for the
Advancement of Pacific Studies (AAAPS), Melbourne.
Cultural Politics and Cultural Production Among Youth in Nouma, New Caledonia,
AGORA 2: Social Science Research in the Francophone Pacific, Centre IRD, Nouma.
Tourism in New Caledonia: Indigenous Performances of Identity in a Pluri-Ethnic, NotYet State, Cultural Tourism Movements: Articulating and Problematizing Indigeneity, UC
Berkeley Symposium on Indigenous Tourism, Berkeley.
Performing Identity, Fighting Assimilation: Tourism and the Troupe de Wetr in Lifou, New
Caledonia, Panel: Self-Conscious Self-Commodification in Late Capitalism, American
Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Jose.

COURSES TAUGHT
Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
Anthropological Methods
Anthropology of Media
Peoples & Cultures of the Oceania
Indigenous & Fourth World Peoples
Anthropology of Personhood
Global Youth & Media
Anthropology of the Lifecycle
FIELDWORK
Summer 2014
Nouma, New Caledonia, research on Kanak youth and customary authority.
December 2014 Paris, France, fieldwork and interviews for project on Kanak: Lart est une parole
(first major exhibition of Kanak art ever held in metropolitan France, at Muse du
Quai Branly).
2009-2010
Dissertation fieldwork, Nouma, New Caledonia.
Summer 2008
Pre-dissertation field research, Nouma, New Caledonia
Summer 2003
Fieldwork for undergraduate honors thesis on cultural tourism & Kanak identity,
Lifou Island and Nouma, New Caledonia.

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LANGUAGES
English (native), French (near-native), Drehu (basic speaking)
AFFILATIONS & PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Peer Reviewer (journal articles):
City & Society
American Indian Quarterly
Dialectical Anthropology
RAQ (Recherches amrindiennes au Qubec)
Positions Held:
20152010-2012

Board Member, Association for the Social Anthropology of Oceania (ASAO)


Convener, Melanesian Interest Group (MIG), American Anthropological Association

Member:
American Anthropological Association
American Ethnological Society
Association for the Social Anthropology of Oceania (ASAO)
Melanesian Interest Group (MIG) of the AAA
European Society for Oceanists (ESfO)

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