Capture (2).PNG

SEUTA'AFILI 
PATRICK THOMSEN (PHD)

Queer Pacific Academic, Scholar-Activist, Writer and Social Commentator 

Committed to the development of collaborative Pacific voices across multiple fields of academic scholarship and public discourse.

 
Patrick Mt Washington 2016.JPG

ABOUT

Born and raised in South Auckland, Seuta'afili Dr Patrick Thomsen is of Samoan descent and a Lecturer in Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. As a newly-emerging Pacific academic he is also a well-known social commentator, researcher, freelance writer and activist concerned with SOGI Rights across the Pacific and in New Zealand. 

He is also currently the Principal Investigator for the Manalagi Project, New Zealand's first Pasifika Rainbow Health and Wellbeing Project and is the Pacific Co-Lead for the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI).

He is available for consultancy work in all things Pacific and SOGI. Also currently taking on supervision of new UoA graduate students interested in conducting work on these areas:

* Gender and Sexuality

* Transnational Pacific Studies

* Critical Race Theory

* New Zealand Politics

* Pacific Queer Studies

* Korean Studies

 

LATEST RESEARCH ARTICLES

Image by Wilson Stratton
Image by Sharon McCutcheon

The Journal of New Zealand Studies, December 2019

Image by MILKOVÍ
Image by Mathew Schwartz

Journal of Regional Studies and Development. December 2018

 

NEWSPAPER PUBLICATIONS

 

September 27, 2020

Shakespeare once wrote that weary lies the head that wears the crown. For our lupe (doves) who’ve been sent abroad in search of a communal lumana’i or future, I say, weary lies the heart that carries the hopes and dreams of their communities, villages, and families. 


There’s a Sāmoan saying about the toloa, or aquatic birds, which goes: E lele le toloa ae ma’au lava i le vai. The toloa may fly to many places, but will always return to the water. It means that we Sāmoans may travel far and wide, but we will always find a way to return to our home.


Not all of us find our way home, though.

CURRENT RESEARCH AND COLLABORATION

Rainbow Cubes
HRMI 1.PNG
Researching and Writing

CURRENT AND DEVELOPING RESEARCH PROJECTS

* ASSOCIATE INVESTIGATOR - RAINBOW, INTERSEX AND TAKATĀPUI YOUTH SURVEY DR JOHN FENAUGHTY PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR.

* PACIFIC PEOPLES IN SOUTH KOREA

 
 

TEACHING

Current Courses Taught at The University of Auckland

Semester 2, 2020

Explores the ways in which Pacific peoples frame their contemporary world in the context of globalisation.
It also examines factors which shape contemporary Pacific life and popular culture as well as some of the challenges emanating from how Pacific peoples construct and make sense of their own and other’s historical, political, sociocultural, economic and religious worlds.

PACIFIC 208/307 - GENDER AND THE PACIFIC IN A GLOBALISING WORLD

Semester 2, 2020

Gender affects the way identity, culture and wellbeing is experienced and navigated in the Pacific. Moreover, these processes are complicated by emerging cosmopolitanisms that impact gendered bodies, cultures, institutions, nations and states. This course examines the intersections of race, sex, biology, ableism, colonialism, nationality, politics and social movements in our constructions/understanding of gender in a Pacific and global context.

GUEST LECTURES AND TALKS IN 2020

Semester 1 and 2, 2020

Semester 1
* Asian 100 (Modern Korean History)
* Gender 100 (Gender in the Pacific)
* Gender 100 (Gender and Queerness in South Korea)
* Pacific 100 (Intro to Gender in the Pacific)
* Pacific 206/306 (Contemporary Gender Issues for Pacific Youth)
* Global 100 (What Does it Mean to Be Pasifika in NZ today?)
* Arts Scholars (What's a Samoan doing in Korean Queer Studies?)
* Te Wheke Postgrad Seminar
Semester 2 (TBC)
* Asian 140

GET IN TOUCH

Contact Seuta'afili Patrick Thomsen (PhD) to discuss their published work, teaching, collaboration opportunities or for any other inquiries.

Room 201E Fale Pasifika Office Complex - Wynyard Street, Auckland Central

+6499236757

  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
 

+6499236757

©2020 by Seuta'afili Patrick Thomsen (PhD). Proudly created with Wix.com