Call for papers: New Zealand and the South Pacific (27-29 June 2013, Nijmegen NL)

The 19th annual conference of the New Zealand Studies Association, together with the Centre for Pacific and Asian Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

The New Zealand Studies Association (NZSA) has a long and strong history in promoting New Zealand Studies. Building on the success of the 2006 conference in Paris, the 2008 conference in Florence, the 2009 conference in Frankfurt, and the 2012 conference in Gdansk, the 2013 gathering of the NZSA will be located at Radboud University, Nijmegen. This very special conference will be held in the Netherland’s oldest city, easily connected to Amsterdam, and near the banks of the Waal river. On the Friday, there will be a special excursion, followed by a conference dinner.

Keynote speakers include: Professor Michael Belgrave, Professor Tom Brooking, Professor Marc Delrez, Professor Witi Ihimaera, Professor Toon van Meijl, Assoc. Professor Damon Salesa, Professor Philippa Mein Smith, Assoc. Professor Makere Stewart-Harawira, Vincent Ward.

Proposals for 20 minute papers must be sent by 12 January to Ian Conrich ( or Toon van Meijl ( The conference will consider all papers that address issues within one of the four following strands:

  1. New Zealand as a South Pacific nation
  2. New Zealand in relation to any of the South Pacific countries (Polynesia, Australia, and beyond),
  3. Maori Studies,
  4. The South Pacific (with papers accepted on any of the islands and any aspect of the region, but with a priority given to Polynesia).

Definitions within these parameters are broad, with the first strand, for instance, covering much of New Zealand Studies and welcoming any papers on New Zealand as a country positioned within the South Pacific, or as a nation with a South Pacific identity. The conference fee will include annual membership to the NZSA, which for 2013 includes a twice-yearly journal, and one book each from the New Zealand Film Classics and the New Zealand Writers series of monographs. Papers from the conference will be published in the refereed Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies, published by Intellect.

The conference will accept proposals on a range of subjects including the following: literature, history, film, music, art, cultural studies, sociology, geography, tourism, war studies, politics, international relations, identity and multiculturalism, anthropology, Maori Studies, Pacific Studies, archaeology and museum studies.

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