THE PACIFIC IN AUSTRALIA
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The Australian launch of ABARA BANABA was held at the recent four day - 'The Pacific in Australia - Australia in The Pacific Conference' between Tuesday 24 to Friday 27 January 2006 at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Carseldine campus, Brisbane. Ken Sigrah and Stacey King, spokespersons for ABARA BANABA had two papers/abstracts accepted and they were presented at the conference. A highlight of the conference was young Banaban academic Dr Katerina Teaiwa as a keynote speaker from the University of Hawaii.
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
The conference highlighted Australian excellence in disciplinary and interdisciplinary humanities research, scholarship and tertiary teaching about the Pacific Islands and included the launch of AAAPS, (the Australian Association for the Advancement of Pacific Studies), an initiative to promote the teaching and study of the Pacific Islands in Australian Universities. Nationally Australians have maintained a major role in Pacific Studies research and could fairly be said to lead several fields in a global context. It is also pleasing that this conference also launched the platform for a long overdue national organization to promote teaching and research in Pacific Studies. The conference welcomed delegates and encouraged collaboration, collegiality and dialogue over the the four days of meetings, dialogue/forum and paper presentations. The conference also was a forum for the research, presentation and preservation carried out by archives, museums and galleries as well as university teaching and research.
The conference was supported by ICE-APS (the federally-funded International Centre of Excellence in Asian and Pacific Studies), The Asia Pacific Futures Research Network (APRFN), the Centre for Social Change Research (QUT), the Foundation for Development Cooperation (FDC) and the Centre for Social Change Research and QPACifika (a Southeast Queensland Performing Arts project).
Keynote speakers and plenary sessions included: