Great NEWS! Extension on submissions to 11th PAA International Symposium

Hi Everyone…

We have just this hour received an extension to 17 October to submit abstracts to present papers or otherwise present at the

11th Pacific Arts Association International Symposium
Vancouver – 6-9 August, 2013

Hosted by the UBC Museum of Anthropology, situated on the unceded territory of the Musqueam Indian band, British Columbia, Canada, in partnership with the Pacific Islands Museums Association (PIMA) and the Pacific Peoples Partnership (PPP).

Theme: Pacific Intersections and cross-currents: uncharted histories and future trends

Intersections (land-based) and cross-currents (water and air based) are migratory spaces of confluence and exchange. They are spaces where consideration can be given to where we have come from and what directions we might take, where histories, written and unwritten, visual and intangible, reside alongside new possibilities for contemporary cultural practice. They are also uncertain spaces, where creativity and our understandings of identity and place may be strengthened or transformed—and where new narratives can be created.

This conference is an opportunity for contemporary artists, cultural leaders, historians, museum and gallery curators, researchers, and collectors to engage in lively and creative dialogues that explore these migratory spaces in a spirit of true enquiry.
In addition to thematic panels, other forms of participation will include shorter Insight presentations and performances intended to generate and stimulate exchanges of ideas among presenters and audience members. The conference organizers welcome proposals for complete panels as well as individual paper abstracts that address the goal of building new and unexpected convergences between participants and topics. Please note that individually submitted papers might be added to a proposed panel if they fit within the panel’s theme, and in consultation with the panel/session organizer
Along with sessions that follow a traditional 15-minute paper presentation format, we offer participants the opportunity to present as a part of Insight panels, in which each presentation is allowed 20 slides with a 20-second limit for each slide. All formats will allow for lively and engaging presentations that should engender thought-provoking interactions between presenters and audience members.

Possible topics:
Memory – visible and intangible, revised histories, new knowledge
Sharing– publishing (in its many forms), intellectual property, copyright, repatriation, authorship, exhibitions, and collections
Possibilities – collaborations, cultural practices, festivals, performances, artist workshops, electronic media (both as an artistic tool and as a way of communicating about art and art resources).

Keynote speakers and social events will be announced as they are confirmed. If there is sufficient interest, a post-conference tour will be arranged.

Interested participants, whether panel chairs or authors of individual papers, should send a proposal of max 150 words accompanied by a max 100-word biography by October 17th, 2012 to:


Or mail to:

Dr. Carol E. Mayer
Curator (Oceania & Africa)
Museum of Anthropology
University of British Columbia
6393 Northwest Marine Drive,
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada, V6T 1Z2
Or Fax to: 604-822-2974
Speaker Requirements: Speakers must be Pacific Arts Association members. To join PAA please visit our PAA website membership page. [Artist memberships are $35US. - VB]


Pacific Arts Association Travel Awards for Pacific Island Scholars and Artists

The PAA can offer travel award of up to $1000.000 US towards travel costs, along with complimentary conference registration and banquet. For criteria and application form please see attached PDF Form. Contact Carol Ivory,, with questions.

To support attendance and participation at PAA meetings by scholars and artists of Pacific Island heritage, especially those living and/or working in the Pacific Islands.

Travel grant: Maximum $1000US towards travel costs, plus conference registration and banquet

– preference to junior scholars, artists, or unemployed scholars and artists in need of financial assistance to attend the meeting
– must be PAA member in good standing
– must be participating in some way: presenting a paper, organizing a session, participating in an exhibition, etc., at the symposium

Application process includes submission of ALL of the following:
1) completed application form that includes contact information and projected travel cost
2) copy of abstract for paper or session, or paragraph summarizing how applicant will participate in the symposium
3)summary CV or resume (2pp), or bio (maximum 200 words) that shows applicant’s background in/relationship to some area/aspect of Pacific art

All applications must be complete and applicant must be current PAA member to be considered.

Deadline: Applications for travel awards should be submitted at the same time as the abstract for symposium participation, October 17th, 2012. Travel award applications can be filled out in either the attached editable pdf or in a word doc and sent to:

Carol Ivory

Chair, PAA Travel Awards Committee at:

Contact Carol Ivory with any questions.

[Thanks to The Cook Islands Ministry of Cultural Development for this reference.]