SEUTA'AFILI 
PATRICK THOMSEN (PHD)

Queer Pacific Academic, Writer and Activist

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

 
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ABOUT

Born and raised in South Auckland, Seuta'afili Dr Patrick Thomsen is a Samoan 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 Pacific Co-Lead for the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) and works as a consultant, having most recently worked with the Asia Pacific Transgender Network.

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

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The Journal of New Zealand Studies, December 2019

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Journal of Regional Studies and Development. December 2018

 

NEWSPAPER PUBLICATIONS

 

May 17 2020

"The issue of language and identity haunts all Sāmoans who were raised in New Zealand, writes Patrick Thomsen. And it’s one that will be hotly debated as we approach Sāmoan Language Week, starting next Sunday (May 24)."

CURRENT RESEARCH AND COLLABORATION

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CURRENT AND DEVELOPING RESEARCH PROJECTS

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

* AOTEAROA PACIFIC RAINBOW HEALTH AND WELLBEING PROJECT

* 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

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