Australian Association for Pacific Studies Biennial conference

OCEANSCAPES: cooperation across the Pacific

DATE: 22-26 April, 2014
WHERE: University of Sydney

The Pacific Ocean covers one-third of the earth’s surface and contains thousands of islands. Yet, as Epeli Hau’ofa’s seminal paper about the ‘Sea of Islands’ shows, oceans are not a barrier, but highways to contact. This conference employs the concept of Oceanscapes from The Pacific Oceanscape Vision, introduced by President Anote Tong of Kiribati and endorsed by the Pacific Island Forum. It is a vision for cooperative conservation action and adaption to issues of climate change. With a population just over 10 million and an area that stretches from Australia to Asia, Canada and the Americas, peoples of the Pacific region are adept at movement, contact and working together.

The Australian Association for Pacific Studies seeks to bring researchers across Oceanscapes to share their knowledge and experience; to benefit the peoples of the Pacific region, and to advance scholarship about the places between the better-known American and Asian rim countries.

This conference focusses on the cooperative nature of relations across the Pacific and the necessarily cooperative partnerships that allow for effective delivery of programs in health, education, trade and development while maintaining the integrity of the cultural diversity that is the hallmark of Pacific island nations and overseas territories.


- Register here for the conference (external link)

- Application form for Membership to AAPS


Sessions, organisers and contacts (22-24 April)

22-24 April, 2014
  • Pacific Futures: Contact Miranda Johnson,
  • Activism: a panel in honour of Faith Bandler. Contact Emelda Davis,
  • Populations on the move: Contact Paul Jones, , or John Connell,
  • Performing/performance: Contact Jude Philp,
  • Archaeology now: Contact Martin Gibbs,
  • Search for stability: Contact Stewart Firth,
25-26 April, 2014

25 April
- Sydney Ideas, WW1 in the Pacific panel for ANZAC day
- Post-graduate focus sessions – opportunity to network with area specialists. Contact Elisabeth Betz email
26 April
- Closing events at Casula Powerhouse (transport included in registration).


AAPS conference program

Official Conference Program available for download

Activities, exhibitions, events

There are two rooms available for small workshops with numbers limited to 30; please contact for bookings.

Additional events: watch this space.

Additional contacts:
- AAPS on Facebook

Linked organisations and activities
- Outrigger


Do you have children? The University’s Sport and Fitness runs school holiday programs for all ages. Please follow link to register:

The Macleay Museum, Nicholson Museum and University Art Gallery will be hubs for parents to spend some time with their kids during the conference, a range of activities will be available for quiet play.


Macleay Museum

The Macleay Museum had its origins in the collection of insects begun by Alexander Macleay in the late eighteenth century. It has developed into an extraordinary collection of natural history specimens, ethnographic artifacts, scientific instruments and historic photographs.

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Casula Powerhouse

Casula Powerhouse is an arts centre responsive to its local and global communities. With over 150 languages spoken in the local area, we represent culturally diverse stories that allow our audiences to reflect on the world. As both a producer and presenter of work, we offer professionalism and expertise in the development of both contemporary art and community based practice.

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The organising committee for the conference is:
Jude Philp (Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)
Grant McCall (Anthropology, University of Sydney)
Leo Tanoi (Casula Powerhouse, Liverpool City Council)
Rebecca Conway (Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)
with the assistance of Michelle St Anne and Katherine Anderson (Department of History, University of Sydney).

Objectives of the Australian Association for Pacific Studies

  • To play an advocacy role with Government, NGOs, schools, businesses, media and universities and to increase public awareness of Pacific Studies
  • To promote Pacific Studies and its component disciplines at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • To promote the role of Australian repositories in the collection, preservation and access to Pacific Island research, cultural and historical materials
  • To promote excellence in the teaching of Pacific Studies through professional development programs for university teachers
  • To promote specifically the study of Australia-Pacific Island relations
  • To establish and maintain links with Pacific communities is Australia
  • To establish and maintain links with honorary correspondent members and cognate organisations overseas

(Reproduced from the Constitution of AAAPS).


Below are some suggestions. Registrants will need to contact the venues directly as no special arrangements are available.

Billabong Gardens

11 Egan St, Newtown NSW 2042
Phone: 9550 3236

Variety of options including dormitories, motel-style and guest-house style rooms.
Located close to Sydney University and King Street, Newtown. 20 minuntes walk, or bus ride to conference.

Haven Inn Hotel

196 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe 2037
Phone: 9660 6655

54 room hotel in 3 level security building with secure parking, pool & spa. All rooms have minibar, fridge, tea & coffee facilities, TV, ensuite bathrooms (shower & toilet) & most have balconies. Restaurant for buffet breakfast. Laundry service.

15 minute walk to University, or close to buses to city.

Medina Classic Chippendale

Corner Boundary and Ivy Streets, Chippendale 2008
Tel: 9311 8800
Fax: 9311 8899
Reservations: 1300 300 232

Medina Classic Chippendale has 41 one, two and three bedroom serviced apartments and studio rooms. All serviced apartments offer fully equipped kitchens, laundries and lounge/dining areas. Features a central courtyard and entertainment area with BBQ facilities and outdoor plunge pool. Additional guest facilities include gymnasium, an onsite café and undercover security parking.

Located close to Sydney University and Broadway Shopping Centre.

Quest Apartments Camperdown

23-33 Missenden Road, Camperdown 2050
Phone: 9557 6100
Fax: 9557 6099

Fully serviced & self contained one or two bedroom apartments with kitchens and laundries. Secure undercover parking, pool & BBQ.

Across the road from the University of Sydney and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Rydges Camperdown

9 Missenden Road, Camperdown 2050
Phone: 9516 1522
Fax: 9519 4020
Email: or

Facilities include; iron and ironing board, mini Bar and refrigerator, dataports, TV, functional desk/workstation area, individually controlled air-conditioning, swimming pool and sauna, children’s wading pool, games room and brasserie and bar downstairs.

5 minute walk to University of Sydney or Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Rendezvous Studio Hotel Sydney Central

Corner George & Quay Streets
Railway Square, Sydney 2000
Phone: 9212 2544
Fax: 9281 3794
Reservations: 1800 989 914

3 star hotel, air conditioning, tea and coffee making, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, minibar, TV and free movie channel, swimming pool and sauna, undercover parking and 24 hour reception.

This is a 10 minute bus ride to university.

Mercure Hotel Sydney

818-820 George Street, Sydney 2000
Phone : 9217 6797
Fax : 9217 6888

The 4 star Mercure Sydney offers 517 modern contemporary rooms with various room types featuring flat screen LCD TV, broadband internet, and 24 hour room service.
Bookings made online at website above.

This is a 10 minute bus ride to university.

Waldorf apartments

Corner of Chippen and Cleveland Streets, Chippendale 2008
Phone: 1300 555 039 or 9690 9690
Fax: 9690 9691

Self contained studio and 1 bedroom apartments available. They have full kitchen, laundry facilities, complimentary pay TV and security parking space. The complex provides a pool, roof-top BBQ, gym, spa, sauna and coffee shop. Apartments can accommodate up to 4 people for short or long term stays.
All include light breakfast for 2.

Special rates when you mention Sydney University.
Located close to university 5- 10 minutes walk.

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