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Dr Dominik SchiederDr. Dominik Schieder specializes in the anthropology and history of the Fiji Islands. His research interests cover transnational Pacific Islander migration, rugby union football, social transformation and political elitism in Fiji. His current research projects are about Fiji Islander rugby mobility and Fijian migrants in the Greater London area.

Dominik obtained his doctorate from Bayreuth University in 2010. He received a scholarship from the Bavarian Government to pursue his studies on ‘coup culture’ in the Fiji Islands and became a member of the Elite Network of Bavaria and the Ph.D. Programme ‘Cultural Encounters’. In the course of his doctoral research, Dominik conducted field and archival research in Fiji, Australia and England. After obtaining his doctorate, he travelled to India where he conducted archival research at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and the National Archives of India in Delhi. Dominik has taught political anthropology, peace and conflict studies and Pacific Islander ethnographies in the Departments of Anthropology at Heidelberg University and Goethe-University in Frankfurt.

In 2012, he received a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) to conduct research at the Department of Anthropology at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. Between March 2012 and March 2013 he worked with Fiji Islanders of diverse ethnic backgrounds in Japan. Additionally, he held a fellowship at the Research Center for the Study of Peace and Reconciliation at Hitotsubashi University.

Dominik has recently organized a workshop on Fijian Studies in Tokyo and co-chaired a panel on Pacific Islander Migration at the bi-annual conference of the European Society for Oceanists (ESFO). He is currently acting as a guest co-editor for a special issue on Pacific Islander migration to be published in Anthropological Forum. Forthcoming publications include papers on future topics in Fijian politics, professional Fijian rugby players in Japan, and perceptions of community life among Fiji Islanders in the Tokyo metropolis.

Recent publications

2012: Das Phänomen der coup culture – Politische Konflikte auf den Fidschi-Inseln [Coup Culture: Political Conflicts in the Fiji Islands]. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Publishing House.

2012: “’Fiji has a Coup Culture!’ Discussing Fiji’s Ongoing Political Instability,” Paideuma 58: 45-67.

2012: “Rugby in Fiji: Unifiying and Dividing a Multi-Cultural Society,” Pacific News 37: 23-28.

2012: “Why Fijian Nationalism alone is not the Answer: A Political Anthropology Perspective,” People and Culture in Oceania 28: 89-98.

2011: “Jenseits der pluralen Gesellschaft: Anmerkungen zur Heterogenität der „indischen“ Bevölkerung Fidschis und deren politische Implikationen [Beyond the Plural Society Syndrome: Fiji’s Heterogeneous “Indian” Population and its Political Implications],” Mitteilungen der Anthropologischen Gesellschaft in Wien 141: 277-290.


Fieldwork Photos

Nation-Building Campaign,
Suva, Fiji Islands  

Takanezawa Cultural Festival, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan

Tokyo Sevens Rugby

Tomasi Soqeta, Canon Rugby, Tokyo