Conference & Symposium

Unheard Stories. Disappearing Ecologies.

Conference & Symposium

Unheard Stories. Disappearing Ecologies.

Monday, 4 December - Wednesday, 6 December 2023 · 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

How can art and curatorial research help us understand the impact of ecological transformation on social relations and embodied experience locally, regionally, and globally?

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4 December – 6 December 2023
University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji

Art and culture can be instrumental in making changes in attitude necessary to address the climate crisis, making the current and projected effects of climate change tangible to a wider constituency. Linking the loss of land and culture experienced by impacted communities, the symposium aims to emphasize a connected and contextualized approach, to better understand shared developments as well as divergent trajectories. How can art and curatorial research help us understand the impact of ecological transformation on social relations and embodied experience locally, regionally, and globally?

Monday, 4 December 2023

08:45am                      Registration & Coffee

09:00am                      Opening

09:10am                      Welcome Addresses

Dr. Stefan Dreyer (Germany), Director Goethe-Institut Jakarta, Indonesia and Regional Director Goethe-Institut Southeast Asia

Prof. Ute Meta Bauer (Germany/Singapore), Founding Director NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, and Professor School of Art, Design, and Media, NTU Singapore

Larry Thomas (Fiji), Acting Director, Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific (USP), Fiji       

H.E. Dr. Andreas Prothmann (Germany/Fiji), German Ambassador to Fiji

09:30am                      Keynote by Dr. Frances C. Koya Vaka’uta (Fiji), Team Lead Culture for Development, The Pacific Community (SPC), Fiji

10:30am                      BREAK

10:45am                      Case Study: Taholo Kami (Tonga,Fiji), Kami Pacific Solutions

11:15am                      Case Study: Héa Emélie Katrawi (New Caledonia), Senior Adviser for culture, external relations and promotion of international tourism, Government of New Caledonia

11:45am                      Case Study: Simione Sevudredre (Fiji), Founder, SauVaka Cultural Foundation, Fiji

12.15am                      LUNCH BREAK

1:30pm                        Short Provocation:

Collin Sowani Yabaki (Fiji), Director of Culture, Heritage and Arts, Government of Fiji

Johanna Gusman (USA/Fiji), Adviser, The Pacific Community (SPC) Human Rights and Social Development

2:00pm            BREAK

2:15pm                        Short Provocation:

Fenton Lutunatabua (Fiji), Head of Regions, 350 Pacific, Fiji

Marii Marae (Kiribati), Director, Culture and Museum Division, Ministry of Culture and Internal Affairs (MCIA), Kiribati

3:00pm                        Ownership of Cultures

Talanoa led by Peter Emberson (Fiji), PhD Scholar, The Norway-Pacific Ocean-Climate Scholarship Programme (N-POC), University of the South Pacific, Fiji, University of Bergen, Norway

6:00pm                        Welcome Dinner hosted by Germany Embassy and Goethe-Institut 

Tuesday, 5 December 2023

08:45am                      Registration & Coffee

09:00am                      Welcome

09:10am                      Keynote: Dr. Joeli Veitayaki (Fiji)

10:00am                      Case Study: Christine Fung (Fiji), Senior Technical Adviser – Deutsche gesselschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ),  Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change programme, Fiji

10:30am                      Case Study: Dr. Fetaomi Tapu-Qiliho (Samoa), Academic Director of the School for International Training in Samoa based at the National University of Samoa (NUS)

11:00am                      BREAK

11:15am                      Short Provocations:

Soloseni Penitusi (Tuvalu), Musician

Calvin Rore (Solomon Islands), Artist 

11:45pm                      BREAK

12:00pm                      Short Provocations:   

Michelle Reddy (Fiji), Co-Lead, Partnerships & Resource Mobilization, Pacific Feminist Fund

Peter Sipeli (Fiji), Poet, Arts Manager

12:30pm                      LUNCH BREAK

2:00pm                        The Oceans as Commons

Talanoa led by Jason Titifanue (Fiji), PhD candidate, University of Melbourne

6:00pm                        Dinner

Wednesday, 6 December 2023

08:45am                      Registration & Coffee

09:00am                      Welcome

09:15am                      Keynote: Dr. Annette Kühlem (Germany), Project Director Rapa Nui German Archaeological Institute, Commission for Archaeology of Non-European Cultures

10:00am                      Case Study: Florence Swamy (Fiji), Executive Director of the Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding, Fiji

10:30am                      Case Study: Prof. Ute Meta Bauer (Germany/Singapore), Founding Director NTU CCA Singapore, and Professor School of Art Design and Media, NTU

11:00am                      BREAK

Dr. Rosiana K Lagi (Fiji), Deputy Head of School (Learning, Teaching & Quality) SPACE, Fiji

Regina Lepping (Solomon Islands), Activist and Filmmaker

12:00pm                      BREAK

12:15pm                      Short Provocation:

Vivian Obed (Vanuatu), General Manager, Further Arts

Lingikoni Vaka’uta (Tonga/Fiji), Artist

1:00pm                        LUNCH BREAK

2:30pm            Talanoa led by Larry Thomas (Fiji), Acting Director, Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific (USP), Fiji

6pm                             Closing Dinner