Informal Session: Pacific Perspectives: The Fluidity of Time, Space and Relations
Organizers: Tammy Tabe and Jiokapeci Qalo-Qiolevu
The Pacific Islands encompass environments and landscapes that epitomise the history, culture, movements, knowledge, identity and the existence of Pacific people. These surroundings are embodied by people as they construct and reconstruct relations between and across time and space. Epeli Hau’ofa aptly describes the world of Pacific Islanders and their relations as one ‘in which peoples and cultures moved and mingled, unhindered by boundaries as they sailed ‘from one island to another … to trade and to marry, thereby expanding social networks for greater flow of wealth’ (1993:8). Such world symbolizes a sea of islands and landscapes that gives agency to the fluidity of time, space and relations of Pacific people.
This session invites an array of Pacific works that attempt to unpack and deconstruct the burgeoning framing and constructs of time, space and relations in the Pacific Islands. We also seek papers that enunciate Pacific epistemologies on the concept of time, space and relations and how they are understood, integrated, embodied and reinforced through change, encounters and movements of people within and beyond the Pacific region.
For more information, please contact Tammy Tabe, The University of the South Pacific, <firstname.lastname@example.org> and Jiokapeci Qalo-Qiolevu <email@example.com>