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Pacific Island Worlds Transpacific Dis/Positions Symposium

May 5, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm  |  Humanities 1, Room 210


In this symposium, artists and scholars explore creative expression and research that chart
Pacific Island Studies in the 21st century. Speakers examine the Pacific Ocean as worlds of
complex human interaction and dynamic spaces in which diverse communities have produced a
range of cultural and political identity dis/positions through kinship, colonial histories, and
diasporas. The symposium honors the memory of UCSC alum Teresia Teaiwa.

Speakers will discuss performance and poetry, debates on cultural preservation, imaging
Oceanic histories and places, the cultures of Pacific travel and diasporas, and Oceanic


‘Ava ceremony with student group Oceania Navigators Empowerment
James Clifford, UC Santa Cruz, Keynote
Diana Looser, Stanford University
Joe Balaz, Poet
Kiri Sailiata, UC Los Angeles
Jewel Castro, University of Washington
Jane Chang Mi, Pepperdine University
Kaili Chun, Kapi’olani Community College
Jesi Lujan Bennett, University of Hawai’i
David Chang, University of Minnesota
Rob Wilson, UC Santa Cruz

All events are free and open to the public.

Paid parking available at Cowell, Stevenson, and DARC lots. Weekend free parking at East Remote lot. See parking map for more details.

For disability-related or other questions, please contact Stacy Kamehiro ( or Kara Hisatake (


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May 5, 2018
8:30 am - 4:00 pm


Humanities 1, Room 210
1156 high st
Santa cruz, CA 95060 United States
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