The 2023 Australian Association of Pacific Studies (AAPS) conference theme, To Hell With Drowning, emphasises the need to resist and reframe fatalist and narrow representations of Oceania. From the highlands to the islands, the conference aims to advance multiscopic understandings of Oceanic people’s relationships and relationality of places through storytelling rooted in a trans-disciplinary, critical and creative Pacific Studies. Endorsing Indigenous human rights lawyer and writer Julian Aguon’s call for “stories about the places we call home”, we seek stories and conversations that illuminate fierce attachments to place and the immense beauty, magic and abundance of Oceania.
We encourage submissions for three types of sessions – presenting, creating and relating, in accordance to the conference theme and one or more of those listed below.We encourage sessions that engage the overall conference theme, in addition to one or more of the following themes below. Please see conference website for the full list of themes.
- Lands, seas, skies and stars
- Deep time and material histories
- Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary Pacific Studies
- Climate justice, including loss and damage
Call for sessions will close on Thursday 1 September 2022 (AEST, Australian Eastern Standard Time).
Find more information on the conference and call for sessions here.