PAA Europe, 2016

Pacific Arts Association – Europe
PAA-E Annual Meeting – Norwich
Sunday 16 October – Tuesday 18 October 2016


Dear members and friends,
The 2016 annual meeting of PAA-Europe will be hosted by the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania & the Americas, University of East Anglia in Norwich, United Kingdom. The meeting coincides with the exhibition: Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (opening 15 October 2016), for which the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) is an exhibition partner. Accordingly, MAA have offered to host a visit to PAA-E delegates during which access to storage objects will be offered on Tuesday 18 October (please see below).

While there is no specific theme to the conference, the first conference day will focus on the Fiji exhibition. One of the highlights of this exhibition is a commissioned 8m-long double-hulled sailing canoe and papers related to Pacific canoes are particularly welcome. The following day will be allocated for general papers related to Pacific art.

For those wishing to present papers at the conference, there are two types of presentations: (a) a paper of 20 minutes followed by 5-10 minutes discussion, (b) a report of 10 minutes. There will be an opportunity to make short announcements at the AGM on Monday. Those who would like to present a paper or report are kindly requested to submit an abstract (200 words max. for a paper, 50 words max. for a report) by 30 June 2016 to Lisa Farrington or Lynne Crossland: Acceptance will be confirmed by 20 July 2016, thus allowing time for presenters to make their travel arrangements.

Information about accommodation in Norwich, at the university or in town, will be forwarded to all members in July 2016, and will be posted on the PAA website. For those travelling to Cambridge on dispersal day (Tuesday 18 October), there will be an additional fee to cover coach costs. Further details will be provided shortly. Meanwhile, if you have any questions concerning the programme, accommodation, or anything else that can be answered by the local organizers, please contact Lisa Farrington or Lynne Crossland at the Sainsbury Research Unit:, +44(0)1603 592498.