Decolonisation and the Trans Pacific
The Australian Association for Pacific Studies (AAPS) will hold its biennial conference at Footscray Community Arts Centre, 14–17 April 2020. 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 AAPS biennial conference is a vibrant, interdisciplinary gathering of Pacific Islander scholars, and others committed to AAPS’ decolonial standpoint. The 2020 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: Tuesday 14 – Friday 17 April
COST: Various. Visit the AAPS website for more information.
This event is supported by AAPS, Deakin University, La Trobe University, University of Melbourne and Victoria University.
1- Image by Kat Ellinghaus.