Forthcoming Conference

TIDES OF TRANSFORMATION: Pacific Pasts, Pacific Futures



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The 6th Biennial Conference of the Australian Association for Pacific Studies

The Cairns Institute, James Cook University
Cairns, North Queensland, Australia
1 to 3 April 2016

Conference Conveners: Professor Rosita Henry and Associate Professor Douglas Hunt (JCU)

AAPS Tides of Transformation Conference Flyer 2016  Call for Papers is now closed.

Through this interdisciplinary conference the Australian Association for Pacific Studies, in collaboration with the Cairns Institute, seeks to bring researchers together to share their knowledge and experience about critical dimensions of social and environmental transformation in the Pacific.


The conference runs 3 full days, 1-3 April so we encourage you to arrive on the 31st March.
There is a range of accommodation at Trinity Beach (which is closest to the Conference location). Book early as accommodation gets booked up! The cheapest option would be to encourage groups to get together to share apartments. Here are some options:
On the Beach Holiday Apartments (they will give a discount to delegates attending a conference at JCU)
Blue Lagoon Resort (will give 10% discount to delegates attending a conference at JCU)
Marlin Cove Resort
Amaroo Resort
Royden Beachfront apartments

General Enquiries: Rosita Henry or Kalissa Alexeyeff

Conference Program:

We have panels on the following topics:

  • Pan-Pacific Music of Protest
  • Shifting Cultures, Shifting Languages: A Pacific Perspective
  • Transference: Continuity in Time, Time in Continuity
  • Possessing Paradise: Commodification and Desire in the Pacific
  • Tourism, Culture and Heritage in the Pacific: Transformation or Marginalisation?
  • Transforming Gender Relations in the Pacific
  • Adaptation, Resilience and Changing Land and Marine-based Livelihood Systems in the Pacific
  • Digital Transformations: Shifting Communication Spaces in the Pacific
  • Pacific Legal Systems, Past, Present and Future
  • Joining the Dots – Abandoned Histories
  • Managing and Understanding the Role of Archaeological and Cultural Heritage in the Pacific
  • The Interdisciplinary Panel on Climate Change
  • Mobile Labour, Mobile Lives
  • Aging in the Pacific: Intergenerational and Transnational Care
  • TransOceanik: Creole Connections across the Pacific, the Indian and the Atlantic Oceans
  • Through the Lens: Visualising Pacific Lives
  • Urbanisation: Tides of Social and Political Change
  • Emerging Research: Postgraduate Student Panel

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