PAA Newsletter November 2018: Message from the President

Dear PAA members and colleagues 

A busy time is in prospect for all those interested in Pacific Arts over the next few months. PAA will be hosting conferences in Vanuatu and Brisbane (details below), the latter timed to take place during the 9th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, which runs in Brisbane from 24 November 2018 until 28 April 2019. In Europe the major exhibition Oceania is currently running at the Royal Academy of Arts in London (details below) and will transfer to the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac in Paris in March next year. In early December meetings of the Pacific History Association (PHA) and the European Society for Oceanists (ESFO) will be hosted in London and Cambridge. At the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology their refurbished Pacific displays, Pacific Currents, was opened in July with Pacific Islander blessings and celebrations. 

PAA is flourishing and we look forward to a good turnout in Brisbane for PAA-International XIII. At that meeting a venue for PAA-International XIV in 2022 will be chosen, so if anyone is interested to discuss a proposal, please contact me in the first instance ( PAA-International meetings are usually held in the Pacific region, including the Pacific rim, but can be held in Europe or elsewhere. The 2007 meeting was held in Paris. Please check our PAA website ( for further updates on meetings and events, and please send any information about events, exhibitions, conferences, etc., to Caroline Vercoe, our web officer ( Many thanks to Caroline, Christina Hellmich and Marion Cadora for helping see us through the renewal of the web platform. Thanks also to Chantal Knowles and her colleagues in Brisbane for all the work going into the Brisbane meeting, and to Karen Stevenson and Lisa McDonald for the current preparations for the upcoming meeting in Vanuatu. 

Steven Hooper, President PAA 

November 2018