Geoffrey White, Emeritus Faculty, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Geoffrey White

Professor Emeritus


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Research

My research career began in Solomon Islands where I developed interest in problems of history and memory (Identity Through History, Living Stories in a Solomon Islands Society, 1991). As I discovered the mythic status of World War II in those islands, I began researching local, Islander memories of the war. Inevitably, perhaps, I brought these interests back home by studying history and memory at Pearl Harbor (Memorializing Pearl Harbor: Unfinished Histories and the Work of Remembrance, 2016) where I have worked closely with the National Park Service and its nonprofit partner, Pacific Historic Parks. Most recently, pursuing a third phase of fieldwork on World II memory, I have been doing fieldwork in France, focusing on transnational productions of memory in the battlegrounds of Normandy.