pacific arts association :: EUROPE

about the Pacific arts association Europe

The Pacific Arts Association-Europe (PAA-E) shares the stated aims of the international Pacific Arts Association (PAA).

As a result of a distinctly European focus towards the Pacific, mainly due to the history of contact between Europe and Oceania, the specific aims of PAA-E are:

  • To promote interest and research in documentation, archives, and collections of Oceania in Europe
  • To encourage diffusion of information through exhibitions, publications, symposia, broadcasting, and other media
  • To foster communication between institutions and individuals in Oceania and Europe in view of the general aims of PAA
  • To seek funds in support of the aims stated above

PAA-E members meet once a year at a museum or exhibition centre in Europe, combining the visit to an exhibition or collections with presentations on recent activities in the domains of Research and Exhibitions.


Wonu Veys

Anita Herle

Magali Mélandri

Stéphanie Leclerc Caffarel

Jacqueline Charles-Rault

Steven Hooper

Karen Jacobs

Christian Kaufmann

Magali Mélandri

Ulrich Menter

Aoife O’Brien

Philippe Peltier

Markus Schindlbeck

Beatrice Voirol

current paa europe

PAA Europe Call for Papers: "Multiplicity of Voices in Exhibitions and in Collaborations"

9 -11 October 2024, Humboldt Forum Berlin, Germany
The annual PAA-E meeting entitled Multiplicity of voices: in exhibitions and in collaborations will be held at the Humboldt Forum in Berlin, Germany, from 9 until 11 October 2024.

With the staggered opening of the Ethnologisches Museum (Ethnological Museum) in 2021 and 2022 at the Humboldt Forum in Berlin, four rooms dedicated to Pacific Islanders and their cultural belongings were revealed to the public. The Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz with the Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin is a partner for the cultural and academic field at the Humboldt Forum alongside the Stadtmuseum Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss. In 2023 the Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst started a three-year project that centred multi-perspective approaches to researching the collections and tests new formats of collaboration in partnership with international museum and scientific communities as well as with representatives of source communities.

How do sites like the Humboldt Forum with a unique past facilitate or impede the engagement with (Pacific) collections? How are exhibitions and European museums addressing Europe’s trade, colonial , missionising or relationships with the Pacific? What are new formats of collaboration in museums?

Call for papers

While the papers can cover a wide range of topics, preference will be given to papers dealing with the following issues:

Politics of display
Object or collections trajectories
Trade, colonial and/or missionising histories
Collaboration formats
Reports on ongoing projects and research

There are two types of presentations:

~ 30-minute papers (20 – 25 mins talk, 5 – 10 mins discussion)
~ 10-minute reports

Abstract submissions (100-200 words) for reports or papers should be sent to Dorothea Deterts, and Wonu Veys by 1 July 2024.
Acceptance will be confirmed by 15 July 2024, allowing time for presenters to make their travel arrangements.

Registration, tentative programme, and accommodation
Details for the meeting and information about accommodation will be announced in due course.

PAA-E Berlin 2024
 PAA-E Berlin call for papers

Scholarship Opportunities for Participation at the Annual PAA-Europe Meeting

9 -11 October 2024, Humboldt Forum Berlin, Germany

The Pacific Arts Association-Europe is offering up to two annual scholarships to support the participation of Pacific artists, students and scholars at the annual PAA-E conference. The scholarship is for a maximum of € 400; it pays in addition the cost of the conference fee and the conference dinner.

Pacific artists, students and scholars who propose a contribution to the annual PAA-E conference that is accepted by the conference organisers.


~ Write a short statement (max. 200 words) explaining why attending the PAA-E meeting is important for you.
~ Propose a paper, report or performance to be presented at the conference.
~ Provide name and details of one external referee.

Applicants should contact their referee directly and ensure the reference is sent to the Scholarship Committee by the closing date.
Applications, including a proposal for a presentation at the conference, should be sent to the Chair of the PAA-E Scholarship Committee, Anita Herle AND the President of the PAA-E, Wonu Veys by the closing date of 1 July 2024.
Applicants will be informed of the outcome by 15 July 2024.

PAA Europe 2024 Scholarships
 2024 Scholarships Berlin