As museums continue to change in twenty first century, the ‘figure of the curator’ appears to be in flux. What is the future of curatorial practice? Is there a vision for an ideal model, a Curatopia, whether in the form of a utopia or dystopia? The symposium facilitates intense thinking through ‘the figure of the curator’ and will be open to museum professionals, other academics and students.
The 12th Pacific Arts Association International Symposium 2016 will be hosted by Auckland Museum in what promises to be a dynamic and engaging symposium that will take place between two iconic Pacific events in Auckland.
With Pasifika Festival (11-12 March) and Polyfest (most likely to occur 18-20 March), we encourage you to make the most of this time and consider planning your participation at the 12th Pacific Arts Association International Symposium with one or both of these events in mind.
12th Pacific Arts Association International Symposium 14-17 March 2016 read more »
The Pacific Branch of the Pacific Arts Association is offering registration for its 2015 conference, to be held at the Fa'onelua Conference Centre in Nuku'alofa, Tonga from 28 September to 4 October, 2015. read more »
Anyone who is interested and in Cambridge is very welcome to attend the Plenary Session on Mission Archaeology at 4pm on Monday 15th, which will be followed by a drinks reception at MAA, as well as the Plenary Lecture at 5pm on Tuesday 16th, given by Jane Lydon who is currently a visiting fellow at MAA.
The programme for the conference can be found below:
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We invite presentations, workshops, papers, roundtable discussions and panel proposals relating to concepts of media practice, presenting case studies of media initiatives both from the region and internationally and providing analysis of recent developments, challenges and successes in the areas of communication and social change. We welcome proposals for exhibitions, film screenings or performances. read more »
The study and practice of fashion is located across space and place as a form of creative expression and as a subject for academic analysis. This conference will focus on the material and non-material forms of fashion for a range of professional, commercial, historical, social, cultural and creative purposes.
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. read more »
Header photos (left to right): Performance by Te Pua O Feani, July 21, 2005; Children's Story (Water Dreaming of Two Children), Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula, acrylic on composition board, 1972; IL IAMB NAI? POMBRAL MOLGA KUNDUL AL? WHO IS THIS PERSON? BLACK OR WHITE? Performance by Michael Mel, April 28, 2007. Rotator photos (numbers one through four): Fiji Project gathering in front of a Masi Kesa from the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge University, Re-presenting Pacific Art. Edited by Karen Stevenson and Virginia-Lee Webb, Australia: Crawford House Publishing, 2010, Dan Taulapapa McMillin, 'O Taulaitu, Acrylic transfer collage and oil paint on canvas, 2012, PAA 11th International Symposium at the University of British Columbia, 2013.