Update: PAA XIII International Symposium. March 25-28 Brisbane 2019.

The Brisbane Cultural Precinct is looking forward to hosting symposium delegates in March. The program is being finalised and speakers advised of acceptance of papers.

We are pleased to announce two of our Keynote speakers:

Dr Fiona Foley, is an internationally recognised artist, writer, academic and curator. Her keynote Biting the Cloud will address key themes of her work which address Queensland’s colonial past. In her words: ‘Queensland’s relationship with Aboriginal sovereign nations is a precarious thin line of give and take. More often the status quo has involved Europeans taking. Once the colonial frontier was of a physical dimension. Now it has shifted to an intellectual occupation. There are still entrenched legacies from the possessive acts of colonialism which collectively we are yet to overcome.’

Patricia Adjei, is currently the First Nations arts and culture Director at the Australia Council for the Arts. Patricia is a Wuthathi, Mabuiag Islander and Ghanaian woman from Sydney, Australia, with a Bachelors of Arts and Law from UNSW. Patricia will draw on her experience when she worked at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva as the 2010 Indigenous Intellectual Property Law Fellow and the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore to  present her keynote address: Protection of Traditional cultural expressions and an update on the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Traditional Knowledge.

Quick facts:

Registration portal will go live in mid-January.

The full rate fee for the symposium is $380 for four full days of programming, speakers will be eligible for a discounted rate of $345. Accommodation options will be provided on the registration portal.

The full program runs from Monday to Thursday, on Friday we are working with local private galleries and museums to offer access to collections to delegates including behind the scenes tours or special opening hours. Please monitor this conference page of the PAA website for more details in the lead up to the conference.

For those arriving early, the Australian Association for Pacific Studies (AAPS) will be hosting their Epeli Hau’ofa lecture at the Queensland at Gallery of Modern Art on Sunday 24 March and delegates are invited to this event and a reception afterwards.

This year the conference fee does not including the conference dinner this will be an additional event in collaboration with the Brisbane Bougainville Community Group and East New Britain QLD Association. The meal and entertainment will be provided by the community and all proceeds go to our hosts for community benefit. We are excited to support the Brisbane Pacific communities and encourage you to attend what promises to be an enjoyable and engaging event.