pacific arts journal
Pacific Arts is the journal of the Pacific Arts Association, an international organization devoted to the study of the arts of Oceania (Aboriginal Australia and the Pacific Islands). The journal was established in 1990 and is currently issued as an annual volume in a new series that began in 2006.
In 2020, the journal moved to eScholarship, the open access scholarly publishing program of the University of California/California Digital Library.
Earlier volumes of the PAA Journal are available on JSTor.
Contribute to PAA Journal
Pacific Arts welcomes papers on the arts of Oceania and its diasporas focusing on visual arts, material cultures, and heritage arts. The scope is temporally broad, highlighting both historical and current topics while engaging with a wide range of creative mediums, forms, and subject matter. Pacific Arts aims to prioritize Indigenous voices, Pacific Arts is dedicated to providing an inclusive space for the expression of diverse perspectives and encourages interdisciplinary approaches to examining the political, social, economic, cultural, aesthetic, and environmental stakes in the production and study of Indigenous visual and material cultures in Oceania, past and present.
Pacific Arts accepts submissions for scholarly articles, research notes (short communications related to academic scholarship or creative practice), discussion forums, and reviews of books, exhibitions, and media. The journal occasionally includes special features focused on specific artists and exhibitions; we invite proposals and submissions for these as well. For more information, please see our Submission Guidelines.
Call for Papers
In addition to the special issue themes, Pacific Arts has an ONGOING OPEN CALL for submissions on the arts of Oceania and its diasporas focusing on visual arts, material cultures, and heritage arts. The scope is temporally broad, highlighting both historical and current topics while engaging with a wide range of creative mediums, forms, and subject matter. Pacific Arts encourages interdisciplinary approaches to examining the political, social, economic, cultural, aesthetic, and environmental stakes in the production and study of Indigenous visual and material cultures in Oceania, past and present.
The journal welcomes contributions from a variety of disciplines focusing on historical and present-day visual and material cultures of Oceania. Submissions can take the form of articles, discussion forums, research notes, and creative work.
Pacific Arts is also accepting reviews of books, media, and exhibitions that relate to visual and material cultures of Oceania. Authors, artists, museums, and publishers interested in having their work reviewed and anyone interested in writing a review should contact the book reviews editor Joslyn Chu.
Please send full-length submissions and an abstract here. Submissions should follow the Pacific Arts style guide. Pacific Arts is a peer reviewed open access online journal published by the University of California/eScholarship that encourages broad participation and circulation.
Call for Submissions to Thematic Volumes
Vol. 21 “Pacific Island Worlds: Oceanic Dis/Positions”
Pacific Arts NS 22, 2022 NO. 1
This special issue focuses on the theme “Pacific Island Worlds: Oceanic Dis/Positions,” which explores past and present visual art forms and practices related to place-making and identity formations in Oceania. Colonial interactions have produced a range of mobilities, yielding fraught processes of displacement, establishing new homes, and forming social, cultural, and political positions in the face of various dis-positionings. Articles and creative work lend insight into understanding human experiences in Oceania that generate future imaginings and contribute not only to a “mode of survival,” but to “an art of living” across the region.
Contributors include: Christina Ayson Plank, Joe Balaz, Jesi Luhan Bennett, Jewel Block, Kaili Chun, James Clifford, Kelly Joseph, Stacy L. Kamehiro, Yuki Kihara, Claudia Ledderucci, Diana Looser, Katharine Losi Atafu-Mayo, Margo Machida, Kelema Moses, Carl F. K. Pao, Giles Peterson, Meleia Simon-Reynolds, Karen Stevenson, Mārata Tamaira, Katerina Teaiwa, Axelle Toussaint, and Michelle Williams.
You can view or download the articles here
Pacific Arts NS 21, 2021 No. 1
Announcing our latest PAA Journal focusing on Arts Education in Oceania. This issue of Pacific Arts, which includes five contributions to a discussion roundtable, three articles, and one research note, is guest-edited by Anne E. Guernsey Allen. You can view or download the articles here.
Pacific Arts NS 20, 2020-21 No. 1
Pacific Arts NS 18-19, 2018-2019
Pacific Arts NS 17, 2017, No. 1
Pacific Arts NS 16, 2017, No. 2
Pacific Arts NS 16, 2016, No. 1
Pacific Arts NS 14, 2015, Nos. 1-2
Is an issue covering topics about Pacific Intersections and Cross Currents: Uncharted Histories and Future Trends with articles by Carol Mayer, Karen Stevenson, Susan Cochrane, Giles Peterson and Billie Lythberg, Kolokesa Uafa Mahina-tuai, Joyce Hammond, Adrienne Kaeppler, Karen Duffek, Chantal Knowles, Henry Skerritt, Evadne Kelly, and Candace Galla.
Pacific Arts NS 13, 2014, No. 2
With articles by Harry Beran, Pauline van der Zee, Max Quanchi, and Susan Cochrane
Pacific Arts NS 13, 2013, No. 1
Pacific Arts NS 12, 2012, No. 1
The second journal edited by Dr. Barry Craig and Dr. Ross Bowden focusing on the Sepik River region of Papua New Guinea. With articles by Barry Craig, Phillip Guddemi, and Michaela Appel and book reviews of The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia and Easter Island and its Mysteries by Anne Guernsey Allen and Eric Kjellgren.
Pacific Arts NS 11, 2011, No. 1
Feature articles on the collections of James Edge-Partington and William Ockleford Oldman, tertiary art education in PNG and the promotion of contemporary PNG art, and the iconography of Trobriand war shields. Contributors include: Roger Neich (with special introduction by Christian Kaufmann), Pamela Rosi, and Harry Beran.
Pacific Arts NS 11, 2011, No. 2
Guest edited by Dr. Barry Craig and Dr. Ross Bowden. With feature articles on Kwoma Nokwi figures, Serembule/Vovoso from Western Province, Solomon Islands, the architecture of South Nias, Indonesia, and book reviews for Creative Spirits: Bark Painting in the Washkuk Hills of North New Guinea by Ross Bowden and Living Spirits with Fixed Abodes. The Masterpieces Exhibition, Papua New Guinea National Museum and Art Gallery by Barry Craig, Mark Busse and Soroi Marepo Eoe. Contributors include: Ross Bowden, Jerome Feldman, Phillip Guddemi, Jim Specht, and Deborah Waite.
Pacific Arts, NS 9 2010 NO. 1
Pacific Arts, NS 8 2009
With feature articles focusing on paintings, new galleries, collectors, and artists from the Pacific. Contributors include: Christian Kaufmann, Barry Craig, Lucie Carreau, and Tressa Berman.
Pacific Arts, NS 7 2008
With feature articles focusing on masks of the Pacific. Contributors include: Antje Denner, Susan Cochrane, and Pauline van der Zee.
Pacific Arts, NS 6 2007
With feature articles focusing on Pacific architecture and guest-edited by Anne E. Guernsey Allen. Contributors include: Anne Allen, Deirdre Brown and Naomi McPherson.
Pacific Arts, NS 3-5 2007
Pacific Arts, NS 2 2006
Included four feature articles focusing on Melanesia. Contributors include: Antje Kelm, Antje Denner, Pauline van der Zee and Ross Bowden. Also included were book/catalog reviews, exhibition reviews, a review of the 9th Festival of Pacific Arts and a video review.
Pacific Arts, NS 25 2002
Pacific Arts, NS 1
The first journal in the new series began with a 2006 publication date. It marked the beginning of a partnership with Jordan Wright and Volo Publishing, New York. Contributors included Harry Beran, Graeme Were, Jenny Newell, Jean Michel Massing, and Patricia Wallace.