PAA-Europe Annual Conference 2014 April 24-26, 2014 Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum - Cultures of the World Cologne, Germany

The 2014 conference of the Pacific Arts Association – Europe will be held from Thursday, April 24th to Saturday, 26th at the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Cultures of the World, in Cologne, Germany. The conference will coincide with the exhibition “Made in Oceania. Tapa – Art and Social Landscapes” and participants are invited to attend the closing ceremony of this temporary exhibition on Sunday, 27 April.
We have had a tremendous response to our call for papers and have worked hard to put together what we believe is an exciting conference.
The programme can be downloaded here:

Programme for PAA-Europe 2014 Conference Cologne

Conference Fees
Please note that conference participants do NOT need to be members of PAA and PAA-Europe. However, we certainly welcome new members and conference participants can join both PAA and PAA-Europe during the conference in Cologne.

Conference Dinner
There will be a conference dinner on Friday, 25 March, at a typical Cologne-style brewery near the museum. The dinner includes an appetizer and a main course of your choice.

Burkhard Fenner of the museum in Cologne has organized an excursion to the Museum of the United Evangelical Mission in Wuppertal (about 45 mins from Cologne) for the afternoon of Saturday, 26 March. The focus of their collection is on New Guinea, and the local curator Christoph Schwab will take us through their exhibition. A highlight in their collection is a relatively well-known telum figure from Astrolabe Bay.

Please note that all registration fees must be paid by April 1 by money transfer to the following account (please make sure you include the Keyword/Note in the transfer so we can identify your payment!). Please also kindly send us an email at, including your name and professional affiliation, letting us know that you transferred your registration. We will confirm receipt of your money by email. 

The Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum is centrally located in the heart of Cologne and can be easily reached by public transport. There are many hotels, hostels and guest houses in the vicinity and further afield. However, we have reserved contingents of rooms in hotels of different categories within walking distance to the museum. Please note that these contingents provide rooms at a preferential rate which are filled on a first come, first served basis. These rates will expire on 10 March, 2014. Please use “PAA Conference Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum” in order to access these specially reserved rooms.

 We kindly recommend that you make reservations as soon as possible, as a number of small trade fairs will be held in Cologne at the time of the conference.

Organising committee
Dr. Burkhard Fenner, Oceania Department, Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum
Oliver Lueb, Co-curator “Made in Oceania” (Melanesia)
Peter Mesenhöller, Co-curator “Made in Oceania” (Polynesia)
Dr. Tobias Sperlich, University of Regina, Treasurer PAA

Dr. Wonu Veys, Curator Oceania, Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde, President PAA-Europe