Oceanic Knowledges Conference





Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Centre (130), corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU


Friday, 27 January, 2017 - 08:30 to Saturday, 28 January, 2017 - 17:00

ANU Humanities Research Centre in association with the Centre for Collective Biography of Archaeology in the Pacific and ANU Pacific Institute.

Oceanic Knowledges

Friday 27 January – Saturday 28 January

Hedley Bull Lecture Theatre 1, 
Hedley Bull Centre #130 
Crn Liversidge St and Garran Rd, 
Australian National University

The ANU Humanities Research Centre, in partnership with the Centre for Collective Biography of Archaeology in the Pacific and ANU Pacific Institute, is holding a conference on 27-28 January 2017 on knowledge and culture in Oceania.

Presentations will explore aspects of the constitution, conservation and transmission of knowledge, and the way people of Oceania imagine and experience culture, both in its material and intangible forms. Through the presence of a number of leading practitioners working in cultural institutions, the conference will also discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by new media.

Conference speakers

Speakers will include:

  • Opeta Alefaio (National Archives of Fiji)
  • Lazare Asal (Vanuatu Cultural Centre)
  • Bronwen Douglas (ARC Laureate Project, ANU)
  • Katherine Daniell (Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU)
  • Ceridwen Fraser (Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU)
  • Michael Gunn (ex-Pacific Art, National Gallery of Australia)
  • Tony Heorake (Solomon Islands National Museum)
  • Weniko Ihage (Academy of Kanak Languages, New Caledonia)
  • Frances Koya Vaka’uta (University of the South Pacific, Fiji)
  • Michael Mel (West Pacific Collection, Australian Museum)
  • Andrew Moutu (PNG National Museum)
  • Mara Mulrooney (Bishop Museum, Hawai’i)
  • Jenny Newell (East Pacific Collection, Australian Museum)
  • Mere Ratunabuabua (Fiji Museum)
  • Larry Raigetal (Waa’gey Organization, Yap)
  • Emmanuel Tjibaou (Tjibaou Cultural Centre, Noumea)
  • Kolokesa Tuai (Auckland War Memorial Museum).


Please register for this conference at Eventbrite:


Registration is free.

Conference programs

Download the conference program:

Oceanic Knowledges conference program (1.5 Meg PDF)

Download the general conference flyer:

Oceanic Knowledges flyer (1.5 Meg PDF)


For further details, please contact Peter Brown:


Pacific Research Colloquium

The conference will be followed by the Pacific Research Colloquium, featuring early career Pacific scholars, beginning 30 January at the ANU.



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