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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

5th Conference of the Australian Association for Pacific Studies - 2014


OCEANSCAPES: cooperation across the Pacific
DATE: 22-26 April, 2014
WHERE: University of Sydney

The Pacific Ocean covers one-third of the earth's surface and contains
thousands of islands. Yet, as Epeli Hau'ofa's seminal paper about the 'Sea
of Islands' shows, oceans are not a barrier, but highways to contact. This
conference employs the concept of Oceanscapes from The Pacific Oceanscape
Vision, introduced by President Anote Tong of Kiribati and endorsed by the
Pacific Island Forum. It is a vision for cooperative conservation action
and adaption to issues of climate change. With a population just over 10
million and an area that stretches from Australia to Asia, Canada and the
Americas, peoples of the Pacific region are adept at movement, contact and
working together.

The Australian Association for Pacific Studies seeks to bring researchers
across Oceanscapes to share their knowledge and experience; to benefit the
peoples of the Pacific region, and to advance scholarship about the places
between the better-known American and Asian rim countries.

This conference focusses on the cooperative nature of relations across the
Pacific and the necessarily cooperative partnerships that allow for
effective delivery of programs in health, education, trade and development
while maintaining the integrity of the cultural diversity that is the
hallmark of Pacific island nations and overseas territories.

Sessions, organisers and contacts (22-24 April)
22-24 April, 2014
Pacific Futures: Contact Warwick Anderson, email
Activism: a panel in honour of Faith Bandler. Contact Emelda Davies, email
Populations on the move: Contact Paul Jones, email, or John Connell, email
Performing/performance: Contact Jude Philp, email
Archaeology now: Contact Matthew Gibbs, email
Search for stability: Contact Matthew Allen, email
25-26 April, 2014
25 April
- Sydney Ideas, WW1 in the Pacific panel for ANZAC day
- Post graduate special sessions – opportunity to network with area
26 April
- Closing events at Casula Powerhouse (transport included in registration).

The website and info for our conference in Sydney next year is now live,
and can be found here:

Forthcoming Conferences:
6-8 November 2013-
- Australian Anthropological Society Conference
Australian National University

22-26 April 2014-
-5th Conference of the Australian Association for Pacific Studies
Macleay Museum, The University of Sydney

22 to 27 September 2014 -
-13th Conference of the ISISA, the International Small Islands
Association, Penghu Islands, Taiwan
Website: TBA

Also in 2014
-European Society for Oceanists
Brussels, Belgium
Website: TBA

-International Conference on Easter Island and the Eastern Pacific.
Kiel, Germany
Website: TBA

-Pacific History Association
December, Taiwan
Website: TBA

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