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Upcoming Conference “Two Horizons” 2018

We invite proposals for panels, papers and performances on the theme of “Two Horizons” – upcoming Biennial Conference of the Australian Association for Pacific Studies 2018: 4-7 April, University of Adelaide, South Australia.
AAPS Conference Poster – Two Horizons 2018

Panel Proposals at AAPS Conference 2018: Two Horizons

I’ve had several requests for more time to get abstracts in for ‘Two Horizons’: Pacific Studies in a Cosmopolitan World. If you haven’t submitted an abstract or a panel proposal, you now have until October 13 to get one in. I still plan to let you know of paper/panel acceptance by the end of October. We already have a fabulous range of panels and individual papers being proposed, together with some other exciting activities, and I look forward to seeing you in Adelaide next April. More to come soon!

Mandy Treagus,

President AAPS and Two Horizons Conference Convenor


This note is to clarify the difference between submitting single paper abstracts and panel proposals, for those members hoping to convene a panel. Those wishing to convene panels should gather the abstracts and bios from their selected participants and send them in together as a complete panel proposal. Panels may have 2-4 participants. Should single papers be received that align with proposed panels, the conference committee may add them to the proposed panel, in consultation with the panel proposer/s. Please mail if you have an queries about this.

I look forward to receiving panel proposals and paper abstracts over the coming weeks to add to those already received. Abstracts and proposals should be received by September 30, and presenters will be notified by October 30.

Mandy Treagus

President and AAPS Conference Convenor, 2018.

New book: Making Mala: Malaita in Solomon Islands, 1870s–1930s by Clive Moore

Clive Moore’s new book Making Mala: Malaita in Solomon Islands, 1870s-1930s is now available through ANU Press. There is a free digital down load, or paper copies cost $68. Its long, over 500 pages, with many photos and maps, and a substantial index.

Making Mala by Clive Moore

Malaita is one of the major islands in the Solomons Archipelago and has the largest population in the Solomon Islands nation. Its people have an undeserved reputation for conservatism and aggression.Making Mala argues that in essence Malaitans are no different from other Solomon Islanders, and that their dominance, both in numbers and their place in the modern nation, can be explained through their recent history.

A grounding theme of the book is its argument that, far than being conservative, Malaitan religions and cultures have always been adaptable and have proved remarkably flexible in accommodating change. This has been the secret of Malaitan success.

Malaitans rocked the foundations of the British protectorate during the protonationalist Maasina Rule movement in the 1940s and the early 1950s, have heavily engaged in internal migration, particularly to urban areas, and were central to the ‘Tension Years’ between 1998 and 2003. Making Mala reassesses Malaita’s history, demolishes undeserved tropes and uses historical and cultural analyses to explain Malaitans’ place in the Solomon Islands nation today.

Authored by: Clive Moore
ISBN (print): 9781760460976  ISBN (online): 9781760460983
Publication date: April 2017 Imprint: ANU Press  DOI:  Series: Pacific Series

Emeritus Professor Clive Moore, FAHA, Cross of Solomon Islands
Moore Historical Consultancy
Member, Professional Historians Association (Qld)
Co-Convener UQ Solomon Islands Partnership
Convener, Solomon Islands Information Network
Author, Solomon Islands Historical Encyclopaedia, 1893-1978
Author, Making Maka: Malaita in Solomon Islands, 1870s-1930s