Conference // Oceanic Knowledges

Conference // Oceanic Knowledges


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 (Director, National Archives of Fiji)
  • Lazare Asal (Director, Vanuatu Cultural Centre)
  • Katherine Daniell (Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU)
  • Bronwen Douglas (Honorary Professor, Australian Laureate Project, ANU)
  • Ceridwen Fraser (Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU)
  • Michael Gunn (ex-Senior Curator, Pacific Art, National Gallery of Australia)
  • Tony Heorake (Director, Solomon Islands National Museum)
  • Weniko Ihage (Director, Academy of Kanak Languages, New Caledonia)
  • Myjolynne Kim (Chuuk; PhD student in Pacific History, ANU)
  • Manouche Lehartel (Director, Musée de Tahiti et des Iles/Te Fare Mana)
  • Kolokesa U. Māhina-Tuai (Project Curator Pacific, Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Auckland War Memorial Museum)
  • Michael Mel (Manager, West Pacific Collection, Australian Museum)
  • Andrew Moutu (Director, Papua New Guinea National Museum)
  • Mara Mulrooney (Director of Cultural Resources, Bishop Museum, Hawai’i)
  • Jenny Newell (Senior Curator, Australian Museum)
  • Larry Raigetal (Master Navigator, Director of Waa’gey Organisation, Yap)
  • Mere Ratunabuabua (Director, Fiji Museum)
  • Roannie Ng Shiu (Convenor of Pacific Studies, ANU)
  • Emmanuel Tjibaou (Director, Centre Culturel Jean-Marie Tjibaou, Noumea
  • Natea Montillier Tetuanui, (Head, Oral Traditions and Ethnology Department, Service de la Culture et du Patrimoine/Pu no ta’ere e no te faufa’a tumu, Tahiti)
  • Frances Koya Vaka’uta (Director of Studies, USP, Fiji)


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 enquiries, please contact Dr 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.

Presented by the Humanities Research Centre

Date & time

Fri 27 Jan 2017, 8.30am – Sat 28 Jan 2017, 5pm


Hedley Bull Lecture Theatre 1


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