Harvard Oceanic Collections Engagement Fellowship (HOCEF)

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Harvard Oceanic Collections Engagement Fellowship

Carved wooden headrest and whale bone necklace collaged into one side-by-side image

It is our deep pleasure to award the first Harvard Oceanic Collections Engagement Fellowship to two group projects:

Asoso: Resting collectively and Rising Collectively
Examining several headrests in the collections to explore the nature of rest shared across Oceanic cultures

Restoring Samoan Galuēga Taulima: Bringing the 'Ula Lei Back to Life
Using collections to recreate a nineteenth-century Samoan 'ula lei (whale ivory necklace) 

Applications have now closed!

Thank you for your interest in the first Harvard Oceanic Collections Engagement Fellowship.

Please check back on this page for information about the next application cycle and for updates on 2021 fellowship projects.

Connecting Harvard's Collections to Communities in Utah

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University and the Harvard Alumni for Oceania are pleased to announce the Harvard Oceanic Collections Engagement Fellowship (HOCEF), a community-driven program for adult members of Oceania and the Oceanic diaspora (including the Pacific Islands, Australia, and Torres Strait Islands, Papua New Guinea, and West Papua) to explore, engage with, and respond to the Peabody Museum’s vast collection of materials from the region. 
This HOCEF pilot program will take place between March 2021 and May 2022 and for this first iteration, is focused on the diaspora communities living in the greater Salt Lake City area of Utah, which is home to one of the largest and quickly growing Pacific Islander populations in the United States. Two awardees will receive funding, staff support, and resources to remotely* engage with the Peabody Museum collections and a virtual platform to share their reflections on the collections with the public.

Due to the current state of the country’s coronavirus epidemic, including the closure of the Peabody Museum, the program will only be able to provide access to the collections virtually – through live video visits, photographs, and documentation. 

This page will be updated regularly, so please check back! Or sign up for our email list. You can also follow us on Twitter @PeabodyHOCEF.

Dan Taulapapa wears a white lab coat and takes a photo of a siapo (bark tapa cloth).
Dan Taulapapa photographing a siapo (bark tapa cloth) for inspiration in his own work. 2019.

Our Partners

This program is a collaborative partnership between the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and the Harvard Alumni for Oceania, and in coordination with the University of Utah's School for Cultural and Social Transformation, and with support from the The Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Co-leaders Moana Palelei HoChing and Ingrid Ahlgren are especially grateful to Kathryn Stockton, Gretchen Dietrich, Whitney Tassie, Jane Pickering, Diana Loren, Lehua Kono, Liz Tenrai, Steve Rothman, Kristin Oberiano, Leilai Doktor, and Atheena Arasoo for their trust and support in this endeavor. Thank you!