• Pacific Arts Association

    Pacific Arts Association | Call for Participation

    The Pacific Chapter of the Pacific Arts Association announces a  CALL FOR PARTICIPATION for its 2017 conference to be held on the National University of Samoa



    The Performing Arts – Making the Invisible Visible
    Apia, Samoa
    27 November-1December 2017



    Adrienne Kaeppler has suggested that one (key) role that art plays in Pacific societies is to make the invisible visible. In particular, the performing arts have developed over the millennia as integral aspects of ritual, political and economic exchanges, and in some cases entertainment. Today, performance has been the vehicle through which Pacific peoples have addressed such issues as; global warming, dis/relocation, the loss and maintenance of cultural integrity/traditions, colonialism, and sovereignty. In this way, the arts place issues of importance in the public domain; making what appears invisible, visible.


    Pacific peoples have been connected to their land and oceans over countless generations. Their relationship with the land and sea is cultural, physical and spiritual; resulting in the creation of specific cultural identities. Generations of ‘aiga’ (family) relationships have been developed through ancestral ties that connect family histories and stories to place – all linked to the land and to the sea. When the Pacific Islands are threatened, Pacific lives are threatened. Climate change, ocean warming and sea level rise threaten Pacific Island survival. Island environments, habitats, food security, health, and Pacific cultures risk being lost.



    How will these issues effect our cultures in the future? What will dislocation do to a nation’s sense of cultural identity? Is relocation to foreign lands a choice? And, more specifically, how do the arts address these issues? In what ways do dancers, choreographers, musicians, poets, and artists express their relationship to the land, the sea, to each other; and even dis/relocation.



    This conference would like to examine how the arts and arts practitioners (artists, academics, museum personnel) are addressing these critical issues.



    We invite proposals from performance artists, researchers and scholars, curators and artists to engage with and challenge this broad theme. Ideally, participants will be open to sharing their knowledge and experiences with other conference attendees building networks for ongoing intellectual, cultural, and social exchange.



    Typically conference papers are allocated 20 minutes with 10 minutes for discussion. As this conference is performance based, timeframes will be more fluid. Please include in your proposal the time necessary for your presentation as well as any and all technical (audio visual, staging) requirements you may need.



    For more information, please contact Karen Stevenson:





    Early Bird – Expires October 1, 2017
    General Registration $NZ200.00
    Fulltime Students*/Retired: NZ$150.00
    Samoan (local) General Registration: WST$250
    Samoan (local) Fulltime Students*/Retired: WST$200
    Samoan (local), daily: WST$50



    Post-October 1, 2017
    General Registration: NZ$250.00
    Fulltime Students*/Retired: NZ$200.00
    *please email copy of your enrollment or valid ID card to



    Payment and Registration


    Please send an email with the following details to:
    Mailing Address:

    For New Zelanders: Deposit to:
    NZ Bank Account: 03-0243-0240156-003
    Use your name as Reference

    For International delegates, we have PayPal capabilities:
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    We do not have the ability to take credit cards at this time…we are still looking into this…
    For further information or questions on registration please contact Hilary Scothorn at

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