Pacific Islands Political Studies Association (PIPSA) Conference 2019

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

From 25 – 27 June 2019, the ANU Department of Pacific Affairs will be co-convening the PIPSA (Pacific Islands Political Studies Association) conference with the University of New Caledonia, under the theme of ‘Democracy, Sovereignty and Self-Determination in the Pacific Islands’.

In 2019 this theme has particular resonance following the New Caledonian referendum, the relisting of French Polynesia on the UN list of Non-Self-Governing Territories, the forthcoming referendum in Bougainville, violence in West Papua, as well as the existential threats to the Pacific region posed by climate change and rising sea levels. Conference sessions will be in English and in French, covering topics including evolving forms of sovereignty in the Pacific; climate change; security; decolonisation; international relations; land rights and natural resources; and gender and politics.

The keynote address will be delivered by Colin Tukuitonga, Director-General of the Pacific Community: ‘Self Determination and Development in the Pacific Islands: Who is Driving the Agenda?’

For information on accommodation available in Noumea for overseas attendees or any other enquiries, please email This is a ticketed and catered event.

This event is funded in part by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Pacific Research Program.

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