Oceanic Conference on Creativity and Climate Change – Oceans, Islands and Skies

Oceania has always had at its core traditions in creative expression that empowered us in our relationship with the environment. The imagined past and the lived present was presented in song, dance, drama and stories that always incorporated relationships between the sea, land and sky. Today, new challenges are upon us because we have not treated the sea, land and sky in the spirit of our ancestors. And Oceania is now caught in the maelstrom of climate change much of which is global but affects the local. More than it does the rest of the world.

The conference will bring together writers, artists and environmental activists in providing an alternative culture of determination of responses to issues like climate change. Globally there has been a trend towards incorporating traditional sustainable values on the environment, in modern awareness and activism on the subject. The Pacific has not previously held a conference of this nature, although many agencies, both local and global incorporate traditional values and knowledge into their programs.

Revisiting themes on the idea of the Pacific as Oceania and the central place of the environment and how it harmonized with people in oral literature and traditions, the conference will highlight current works of the writer and artist as activists for the islands. Of particular importance will be a synergy of creative spirits with scientific and environmental knowledge that will better serve the Pacific as face coming climate challenges.

The conference will invite writers, artists, media specialists, scientists and conservationists both from the academic and professional sectors, as well as areas of traditional knowledge, from the Pacific, and globally. The corporate sector, especially companies that espouse environmental values into their profiles, for example, Fiji Water and Pure Fiji, will be invited to come on board.

The conference will be a festival of formal academic papers, showcasing of literary and creative arts, and workshops on traditional knowledge and methods of sustainable environment care. This will provide a foundational synthesizing of creative expression from the Pacific especially in light of the dangers posed by global warming. The conference will provide an opportunity for creative expression in the Pacific to be given context within the current state of the Pacific and its environment. This is timely given the upheavals in the Pacific as nation states face manifold challenges of the environment, globalization and their own growing pains towards nationhood.

Conference Program

Monday 13th September
Time Event Speaker/Convener Venue
9:00am – 5:00pm Registration OIS-OCCCC Secretariat Mokokilagi Bure
11:00am Media Brief and Press Conference Mohit Prasad / All invited speakers and other presenters OCACPS
7:00pm Conference Welcome Cocktails
Opening Of OIS-OCCCC Art Exhibition
Welcome Address – Dean FAL Dr. Akanisi Kedrayate
Art Exhibition Overview – Prof. Vilsoni Hereniko
Opening of Art Exhibition High Commissioner for Papua New Guinea to Fiji – His Excellency Peter Eafeare
Tuesday 14th September
Time Event Speaker/Convener Venue
8.30am – 9.00am Traditional Fijian Welcome Ceremonies
Conference Dedication: Rev Dr Bruce Yeates (Associate Dean L&T FAL)
AUSAID Theatre 1
9.00-9.30 Conference Opening Address: VC – Professor Rajesh Chandra AUSAID Theatre 1
Speaker/Panel/Group Topic
9.30-10.30 Keynote Address: Dr Cathie Koa Dunsford Kaitiakitanga: Protecting Our Oceans, Islands and Skies: Inspiring a Climate Change of Consciousness. AUSAID Theatre 1
10.30am – 10.45am: Morning Tea
10.45am -11.15am Paper I: Dr. Judith Mitoma Water is Rising N111
11.30-12.00 Paper II: Prof. Vilsoni Hereniko The Human Face of Climate Change:
Notes from Rotuma and Tuvalu
12.15pm – 12.45pm Paper III: Dr. Manoranjan Mohanty Human Dimensions, Creativity, and Environmental (Climate) Change: Implications to Pacific N111
1.00am – 2.00am: Lunch
2.15pm – 2.45pm Paper Session IV: Dan Taulapapa McMullin Lologa, The Sea Flood:
Meaning in Oceania Arts in the Age of Global Warming
3.00pm – 4.30pm Book Launch Performance, Book Launch and Book Signing: Pele’s Tsunami. Dr. Cathie Koa Dunsford, Dr. Karin Meissenburg, Global Dialogues Press. 2010 AUSAID Performance Space
7.00pm Evening Function Evening with a Writer: Public Event -Featuring Pio Manoa AUSAID Performance Space
Wednesday 15th September
Time Speaker/Panel/Group Topic Venue
9.00am – 10.00am Plenary Address I: Dr. Susan Hawthorne Ecology in Poetry / Poetry in Ecology AUSAID Theatre 1
10.00am – 10.15am: Morning Tea
10.30am – 11.15am Panel – Literature Convener: Dr. Som Prakash Panelists: Dr. Som Prakash (Chair)
Seona Smiles (Communications Consultant – FNU)
Dr Tony Weir (USP-PACE/SD)
11.30am – 12.00pm Paper V: Dr. Briar Woods Science in the Poetry of Oceania N111
12.15-12.45 Paper VI: Dr Elizabeth DeLoughrey Literatures of the Environment in Oceania:
Climate Change as Nuclear Fallout
1.00pm – 2.00pm: Lunch
2.15pm – 2.45pm Paper VII: Dr. Sina Vaai The Writer in Oceania: Pacific Ways of Seeing the Environment N111
3.00pm – 3.45pm Panel: Copyright and IP: Convener Kathy Moore Creating a Bridge Between Intellectual Property Rights and Traditional Knowledge: Kathy Moore (USP-Chair), Douveri Henao (PIFS), Gail Olsen N111
4.00pm – 4.45pm Community Presentation: Hindi Studies: Dr Indu Chandra and Shalesh Kumar AUSAID Performance Space
7.00pm Evening Function Artists and Performers Evening: Coordinator: Allan Alo and Calvin Rore OCACPS
Thursday 16th September
Time Speaker/Panel/Group Topic Venue
9.00am – 10.00am Plenary Speaker II: Associate Professor David Robie Iconic Environmental Images of Oceania:
Challenging Corporate Media for Solutions.
AUSAID Theatre 1
10.00am – 10.15am: Morning Tea
10.30am – 11.15am Panel – Media : Convener – Shailendra Singh Panelists: Shailendra Singh (Chair), Ricardo Morris (Mylife) Alumeci Nakeke (Seaweb) Dawn Gibson (USP Student) AUSAID Theatre 1
11.20am – 11.50am Paper VIII: Keron Niles Resilience amidst Rising Tides:
Climate Change, Trade and the Competitiveness of the Tourism Sector in Small Island Developing States
11.50am – 12.20pm Paper IX: Jeremy Dorovolomo Children’s Writing and Drawings: Making sense of Natural Disasters. N111
12.20pm – 12.50pm Paper X: Shaiza Janif Narratives of a Lost Land N111
1.00pm – 2.00pm: Lunch
2.00pm – 2.30pm Paper XI: Nilesh Bilimoria Sustainable Development Is An Ethical and Moral Ideal But Does It Have in Essence Practical Legal Effect? N111
2.30pm – 3.15pm Panel – EAP : Dr Rajni Chand Teaching Across Curriculum: Focus on Climate Change – Dr Rajni Chand, Rajend Prasad, Premila Devi and
Renuka Prasad
3.30pm – 4.30pm Paper XII: Theatre Presentation -Dr Ian Gaskell 1-2-3 Jump! The Global Warming Play AUSAID Performance Space
5.00pm – 6.00pm Book Launch – Dr Cathie Koa Dunsford and Meissenburg
Tatau Oceania Imprint and Global Dialogues Press
Songs of the Jahajin – Poems
Mohit Prasad
AUSAID Performance Space
7.00pm Evening Function Writers Evening: Coordinator Anurag Subramani AUSAID Performance Space
Friday 17th September
Time Speaker/Panel/Group Topic Venue
9.00-10.00 am Closing Keynote Speaker
Dr. Karin Meissenburg
Working Cross-Culturally With Literary and Environmental Activists AUSAID Theatre 1
10.00am – 10.15am: Morning Tea
10.30 -11.00 Paper Session XIII: Dr. Otto Heim Breathing Space: Ecology and Sovereignty in Pacific Island Poetry N111
11.00-11.45 Paper XIV: Felicity Heffernan
Craig Marlow
Catherine Morgan
One Sheep and a Tree:
Climate Change in Fiji – a Child Centered View on Climate Change Project (Within an International context)
12.00pm – 1.00pm Film Screening “There Once was an Island:
Te Henua e Nnoho” by Permission of Director/Producer Briar March and Producer Lyn Collie.
1.00am – 2.00am: Lunch
2.30pm – 4.30pm Community Presentation Fijian Studies:
Dr Paul Geraghty and Mereisi Kamoe
AUSAID Performance Space
7.00pm Evening Function Conference Dinner


Conference Convener:
Dr. Mohit Prasad.
Phone: (679) 3232411
Email: prasad_m@usp.ac.fj
Ms. Talei Komaitai-Ritova
Phone: (679) 3232368
Email: talei.komaitai@usp.ac.fj

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