Vā Moana Conference: registration open

Registration is now open for our blended conference to be held in Auckland and Honolulu on 24-25 (Aotearoa) or 23-24 (Hawai‘i) November, 2021.

During our Vā Moana: space and relationality in Pacific thought and identity conference, academic researchers, cultural historians, artists, students and others interested in Moana cultures will explore the concept of vā and related notions in Pacific cultures. Enquiring into histories and current practices, and their relevance for Moana Futures, participants will assemble (on-line and, where possible, in-person) for keynote and panel presentations and open talanoa on 24 & 25 November 2021 (Aotearoa time).

Beginning at the Auckland University of Technology’s Ngā Wai o Horotiu marae (meeting place), the conference will be hosted by the University of Hawai‘i on the first day and by AUT on the second. The two-day conference will feature keynote speakers livestreamed from New York City and Honolulu, together with talanoa panel discussions first in Honolulu and then Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland.

The conference is free and can be fully attended on-line. Please register by 26 October. For more information and to register for the conference, click here.

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