Pacific Island Worlds Symposium

April 10, 2018

May 5, 2018 at UC Santa Cruz
8:30 am - 4 pm
Humanities 1, Room 210

In this symposium, artists and scholars explore creative expression and research that chart Pacific Island Studies in the 21st century. Speakers examine the Pacific Ocean as worlds of complex human interaction and dynamic spaces in which diverse communities have produced a range of cultural and political identity dis/positions through kinship, colonial histories, and diasporas. The symposium honors the memory of History of Consciousness alumi Teresia Teaiwa

Speakers will discuss performance and poetry, debates on cultural preservation, imaging Oceanic histories and places, the cultures of Pacific travel and diasporas, and Oceanic ecopoetics.

‘Ava ceremony with student group Oceania Navigators Empowerment
James Clifford, UC Santa Cruz, Keynote
Diana Looser, Stanford University
Joe Balaz, Poet
Kiri Sailiata, UC Los Angeles
David Palaita, City College of San Francisco
Jane Chang Mi, Pepperdine University
Kaili Chun, Kapi'olani Community College
Jesi Lujan Bennett, University of Hawai'i
David Chang, University of Minnesota
Rob Wilson, UC Santa Cruz

Related Events
May 4, 2018
DARC 206
"Veritas": Talk by Award-Winning Artist Kaili Chun, 2 pm
"Seeing the Unseen: A Telephotography Workshop" with Jane Chang Mi, 4:30 pm

All events are free and open to the public.

Paid parking available at Cowell, Stevenson, and DARC lots. Weekend free parking at East Remote lot. See parking map for more details.
For disability-related or other questions, please contact Stacy Kamehiro ( or Kara Hisatake (

Generously sponsored by: University of California Humanities Research Institute, The Institute of Arts and Sciences, The History of Art and Visual Culture Department, Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Porter College, The Clare Wedding Student Enrichment Endowment, and Cowell College.