Dr. Akiemi Glenn is a Honolulu-based scholar and cultureworker. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and a B.A. in linguistics from New York University. With genealogical ties to the forest and coastal areas currently known as North Carolina and Virginia, her research considers the interplay of space, geography, community, and language. Akiemi's primary interests are in how Indigenous peoples, refugees, captives, migrants, and other diasporic peoples in the Pacific and the Americas use language to construct, navigate, and politicize their identities. She commits her interests in systems, semiotics, and culture to an applied research method and curatorial practice that explore the rich vectors of change in community culturework programming.
Akiemi is the founder and executive director of the Pōpolo Project, a multimedia exploration of Blackness in Hawai‘i and the larger Pacific. She was formerly the director of Tele!, a language revitalization and engagement project in Hawai‘i's Tokelauan community funded by the federal Administration for Native Americans and administered by Te Taki Tokelau Community Training & Development.
November 7—10, 2019 American Studies Association Conference, Honolulu, Hawai‘i Akiemi will be sharing the various aspects of the work of the Pōpolo Project as part of a panel entitled “Digital Humanities Caucus: Talk Story as Digital Methodology” and presenting a paper “Eating the black berry and other strange fruits — decolonizing ‘pōpolo’ in Hawai‘i.” More on the ASA annual meeting and program on the conference website here.
March 25th-28th, 2020 International Studies Association Conference, Honolulu, Hawai‘i
Akiemi will be a part of a roundtable “Indigenous ethics, relational subjects and transversal solidarities” and a panel “Popolo: Blackness in Hawai‘i and Global confrontations with Race”