Working Session: Vā Moana: Space and Relationality in Pacific thought and identity
Organizers: Leali'fano Albert Refiti and Tina Engels-Schwarzpaul
The Samoan and Tongan concept of vā (‘space that connects’) has been adapted and adopted widely in diasporic communities in Aotearoa-New Zealand, Australia, the USA, and the wider Pacific, to enhance Pacific people’s well-being.
In this session, we want to explore current conditions of vā that are relevant to local, regional and global constellations. We want to investigate the concept’s origins and adaptations over time and in different locales (homelands and diasporas) and how vā arose in place-based and place-specific thought and practices in the diaspora.
There is burgeoning interest in Pacific conceptions of space and vā, as relational space. Vā is being widely explored and tested in social and health sciences, sports sciences, education, anthropology and museum studies, art, design and architecture, as well as media and communication studies – most often by Pasifika people living outside of their homelands.
Proposals should address one or more of the following questions:
However, we are also very interested in other perspectives on vā ...
For more information, please contact Leali'fano Albert Refiti, Auckland University of Technology <firstname.lastname@example.org> and Tina Engels-Schwarzpaul <email@example.com>