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Decolonisation and the Trans Pacific


The Australian Association for Pacific Studies (AAPS) will hold its biennial conference at Footscray Community Arts Centre, 8–9 April 2021. AAPS is a national organisation dedicated to strengthening and advocating for Pacific Studies in Australia, and for Pacific community and culture. We are an academic association that is very strongly committed to centring Indigenous Pacific thought and scholarship, and to engagement with communities and artists.

The two-day symposium will also feature a keynote panel discussion featuring Pasifika and Indigenous scholars and chaired by Associate Professor Alice Te Punga Somerville (Waikato University, Aotearoa), as well as the AAPS Annual General Meeting.

The conference is themed on the work of the late Pacific historian Tracey Banivanua-Mar, and specifically her groundbreaking 2016 book Decolonisation and the Pacific: Indigenous Globalisation and the Ends of Empire (Cambridge University Press). This is a book that, as Tracey wrote, ‘charts the sometimes parallel, sometimes intersecting, paths and border crossings of anti-colonial and Indigenous political movements that have helped to define and shape the postcolonial, or rather still decolonising, Pacific’.

WHEN: Thursday 8 and Friday 9 April
COST: Various. Visit the AAPS website for more information. 

This symposium is being held in a blended format. Participation is possible online, or else via attendance at one of two in-person hubs – the Footscray Community Arts Centre in Melbourne, or Waikato University in Hamilton, Aotearoa New Zealand. Please make sure when registering that you select the ticket that correctly reflects how/where you will be participating. 

This event is supported by AAPS, Deakin University, La Trobe University, University of Melbourne and Victoria University.

1- Image by Kat Ellinghaus. 

Date & Times


Thursday 8 and Friday 9 April


Footscray Community Arts Centre



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