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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




When: Thursday, 17th November 2016
Where: Building Y3A, Macquarie University
Time: 2pm-4pm
Cost: Free

Join us when Dr Peter Brunt will deliver the 2016 AAPS annual Epeli Hau’ofa lecture at Macquarie University.

The Epeli Hau’ofa lecture, an annual national event of the Australian Association for Pacific Studies (AAPS), showcases key senior scholars working in the field of Pacific Studies. It extends the expansive, criss-crossing, connective, collaborative Oceanic vision of Fiji-based Tongan scholar and writer Epeli Hau’ofa. In 2016, the lecture will be hosted by Macquarie’s Pacific Research Cluster.

Dr Brunt’s teaching, research and curatorial interests focus on art and cross-cultural exchange in the Pacific from the late eighteenth century to the present, with a special interest in the development of Indigenous modernisms and Contemporary Pacific art in the ‘post-colonial’ era. He is Senior Lecturer in Art History at Victoria University of Wellington. A widely known and highly esteemed New Zealand-Samoan scholar, he has co-edited Art in Oceania: A New History (Thames & Hudson 2012, Yale UP 2013), and is the co-curator of the forthcoming exhibition Oceania at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 2018.

Abstract – Dwelling in Travel: Indigeneity, Cosmopolitanism and Island Modernism

Oceanic modernism was a movement born in the cosmopolitan spaces of the urban Pacific, in towns and cities full of urbanised Islanders, rural migrants, settlers, expats, travellers and tourists. Yet travel and cosmopolitanism are not usually associated with the concept of indigeneity, with its strong connotation of attachment to place. The native was supposed to stay put, while the cosmopolitan travelled the world. Modernism reinscribed this myth because while its admiration for ‘primitive art’ was central to its own identity, it saw it as the opposite of the modern. The authenticity of Oceanic (African or Native American) art was determined by its pre-modernity; to be an Oceanic modernist was like a contradiction in terms. This lecture will focus on three pioneers of Oceanic modernism who turned this myth on its head: Wallis Islander Aloi Pilioko, Papua New Guinean Highlander Mathias Kauage and Maori Ralph Hotere. Each embraced the opportunities of travel and the artistic orientation of cosmopolitan modernists. But what, we must ask, if we are not repeat the binary construction of Western modernism, was the relationship between their cosmopolitan modernism and their indigeneity?

The public lecture will be preceded (10am-12pm) by a Masterclass for postgraduate students working in any area of Pacific Studies. Please contact or for more information.

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The Asaro mudmen from the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea are famous for their fearsome clay headdresses and ritualized dance performances, and have gained prominence as an ‘intercultural phenomenon’. Join us for a rare and unique opportunity to see the men perform in their holosa (mud masks) learn about the significance of these objects and hear about the background to the Holosa Acquisition Project at the Australian Museum.  Continue reading NIGHT TALK: COLLECTING TODAY – ASARO MUD MASKS FROM PAPUA NEW GUINEA HIGHLANDS

Tides of Transformation Conference Photos