The key concepts of this project - "cultural heritage" and "political innovation" - will serve as an analytical platform for understanding social developments in the Pacific region, with a view to providing general insights into important processes in th e world today as nation states are weakened and challenged from both local and global agents. Together these concepts stand for the creative forms of "Pacific Alternatives" which our collaborative group of leading scholars aims to grasp, analyze and theor ize from the combined perspectives of anthropology, archaeology, history and political science. As addressed from the regional vantage point of the Pacific, the research topics proposed for this project - in which 19 project investigators pursue a total o f 21 sub-projects - hold the combined potential for theoretical and methodological reorientations of globalization studies, for providing fresh perspectives on the field of cultural heritage, and for promoting an integrated approach to understanding the i nterfaces between culture and politics. A major underlying assumption of our project is that global generalizations are possible on the basis of carefully selected case studies of cultural heritage and political innovation in the Pacific region. The proje ct will be based at the University of Bergen and coordinated through the "Bergen Pacific Studies" research group, with the University of Hawai'i at Manoa as a major partner. In addition to a strong scholarly network of mutual commitment to joint research effort, involving central universities and museum institutions in Europe, North America, Australia and the Pacific Islands, the project framework and budget include components of training-and-education, scholarship programmes for students from Pacific Isl and nations, support of cultural centres in selected localities, a programmed sequence of co-funded conferences, and a publication-and-dissemination plan that also includes digital media and a "virtual museum".