A Call for Papers, Submissions and Proposals
Towards a Niu Oceania?: A SPACLALS Hui
20-21 June 2013 Auckland, New Zealand (Venue to be advised)
South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Language and Literary Studies (SPACLALS)
Are we still moving, as Albert Wendt called for in 1976, ‘Towards a New Oceania’? Has this new Oceania turned tides and become a niu Oceania?
In what ways and for what purposes? Wendt’s seminal treatise on the development of Pacific Arts and Criticism lay an elemental foundation for those in the Pacific to develop their creative and critical voices in a post-colonial (where ‘post’ means ‘before’, ‘during’ and ‘after’ colonialism) Pacific. Wendt’s article poses questions that remain relevant today:
• With over 1200 indigenous languages in our region, “plus English, French, Hindi, Spanish and various forms of pidgin” how do we “catch and interpret the Void”?
• “What is authentic culture?”
• How have contemporary writers and artists drawn on the “fabulous treasure house of traditional motifs, themes, styles, material” to “express our uniqueness, identity, pain, joy, and our own visions of Oceania and earth”?
This SPACLALS Hui investigates and celebrates Pacific Arts and Criticism by inviting submissions (critical papers, creative performances, workshops) that addresses a question above or engages with any of the following elemental themes and lines of enquiry:
Keynote speaker is Maualaivao Albert Wendt.
SPAN, the journal of SPACLALS, will publish conference proceedings.
Venue and registration details to be advised.
SPACLALS invite paper and creative proposals by 30 APRIL 2013.
For conference paper submissions please send to Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh, Chair of SPACLALS: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading SPACLALS HUI SUBMISSION.
For all creative submissions (performances) and workshop proposals, please send to Grace Taylor email@example.com with the subject heading SPACLALS HUI SUBMISSION.
For more information head over to SPACLALS Facebook page here.
 Albert Wendt, ‘Towards a New Oceania’, Mana Review, 1976, 1(1), pp. 49–60.
Source: SPACLALS Media Release