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.

PAA EUROPE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Wonu Veys
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Anita Herle
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Dorothea Deterts
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Roberta Colombo
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Jacqueline Charles-Rault
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Steven Hooper
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Karen Jacobs
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Christian Kaufmann
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Magali Mélandri
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Ulrich Menter
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Aoife O’Brien
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Philippe Peltier
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Markus Schindlbeck
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Beatrice Voirol
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current paa europe

PAA EUROPE 2022 CONFERENCE AT THE MUSÉE DU QUAI BRANLY – JACQUES CHIRAC, PARIS

GENDERED OBJECTS IN OCEANIA. 13-15 SEPTEMBER 2022

The annual PAA-E meeting entitled Gendered objects in Oceania will be held at the Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac from 13 until 15 September 2022 to coincide with the exhibition Power & Prestige: The Art of Clubs in Oceania (7 June – 25 September 2022).

As the exhibition demonstrates, clubs are sculptures, exchange valuables, markers of authority and status, embodiments of divinity and accessories of performance. However, clubs are first and foremost weapons that through their association with warfare may be seen as expressions of masculinity. The gender identity linked to clubs forms the inspiration of the meeting as we hope to explore whether and how objects are being gendered in Oceania.

Call for papers

While the papers can cover a wide range of topics, preference will be given to papers dealing with the following issues:
  • Material culture as expression of gender identities
  • Gendered collecting
  • Gendered objects and art practices
  • Access to collections along gender lines

There are two types of presentations:

(a)   30 minute papers (20-25 mins talk, 5-10 mins discussion)
(b)  10 minutes reports

Abstract submissions (100-200 words) for reports or papers should be sent to Stéphanie Leclerc-Caffarel by 1 May 2022. Acceptance will be confirmed by 1 June 2022, 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. It is anticipated that the programme will include an excursion to the Musée d’histoire naturelle in Lille.

The meeting follows on the Parcours des mondes, which will be held from 6 until 11 September 2022.

We were pleased to see a wide range of European members, but also people based in the Pacific attend and present papers. While we tried arranging time slots to fit timetables for the greatest number of people, we do want to acknowledge the people who stayed up very late or got up really early to attend!

Fortunately for those who were not able to attend, videos are made available of all our sessions.

I would like to extend a personal note of thanks to Dr. Erna Lilje, junior curator western New Guinea for helping with the organization of this online meeting; to Julliette Huijgen for her zoom production skills and support; and of course, a big thank you to all who attended and contributed.

We will soon confirm our next meeting that we will hopefully have in person at a European location. During that meeting there will be elections for the positions of treasurer, secretary, vice-president and president.

Hope to see you all in the near future!

Dr. Wonu Veys
Curator Oceania National Museum of World Cultures, the Netherlands and president of the PAA-E