Reading & Writing in the Pacific – Call for papers

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SPACLALS (the South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Language and Literary Studies) will host a three day conference in Wellington (Aotearoa New Zealand) 23-25 June 2011 on the theme of Reading and Writing in the Pacific. Who is writing and reading? What and how are we writing and reading? Where do we read and write? Why do we read and write? What hasnt yet been written or read?

SPACLALS has always been focused on bringing together people who work around the Pacific region in the general area of Commonwealth Language and Literature Studies, and for the 2011 conference we extend an invitation to people who are interested in reading and writing in the Pacific: inside the Commonwealth, outside the Commonwealth, in translation, inside the region, outside the region, in any language. We encourage writers, scholars, students, teachers and community members to participate.

The conference will be hosted by SPACLALS and Victoria University of Wellington. The conference programme will include a mixture of panels with paper presentations, workshops, and creative presentations. The final day of the conference will be specifically focused on teaching and pedagogy. Nau mai, haere mai!

Please send title and 250 word abstract of proposed presentations (critical or creative or both) and any enquiries to spaclals1@gmail.com by 1 February 2011; in order to help with planning, also appreciated would be an earlier email indicating your intention to attend.

using a new machete
he follows the old tracks
to a not-so-distant past
meeting his ancestors along the way
capturing them on canvas
mapping out their stories
so they will
never be lost

and his own children
will be able to find them

(Karlo Mila, “For John Pule”)

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