To Hell With Drowning 2023

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific


Presented by ANU College of Law

"We need stories. And not just stories about the stakes, which we know are high, but stories about the places we call home. Stories about our own small corners of the Earth as we know them. As we love them.- Julian Aguon, To Hell With Drowning, 2021

The 2023 AAPS conference theme emphasises the need to resist and reframe fatalist and narrow representations of Oceania.

From the highlands to the islands, the conference aims to advance multiscopic understandings of Oceanic people's relationships and relationality of places through storytelling rooted in a trans-disciplinary, critical and creative Pacific Studies.

Endorsing Indigenous human rights lawyer and writer Julian Aguon's call for "stories about the places we call home", we seek stories and conversations that illuminate fierce attachments to place and the immense beauty, magic and abundance of Oceania.

The Pacific Studies community recognises both ancestral and contemporary kinships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, South Sea Islanders, Māori and Pacific Islanders.

The 2023 conference will take place at the Australian National University, an institution that is located on the unceded lands of the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people and central to the Australian coloniality that continues to impinge upon the sovereignties of First Nations of this Country and beyond in Oceania. It is also an institution central to  the decolonial possibilities envisaged by Pacific Studies.

This conference understands this place as a site for meaningful solidarities and approaches to Pacific Studies that are both place-based and multi-sited in scope.


Ticket information

Early Bird tickets and prices for participation (for the full four days of the conference) are currently available until 11.55 pm on Friday 17 February 2023.

From Saturday 18 February 2023, Standard Registration tickets and prices for participation (for the full four days of the conference) will apply.

If you want to be eligible for members' prices, please be sure to join AAPS via our website.

Registration includes an evening reception on Tuesday evening and morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea from Wednesday-Friday.

Aside from this, don't forget to make sure you get a ticket to the conference dinner as well in your purchase!

In the checkout questions, you will be able to list your dietary requirements, access needs and if you are a postgraduate/ECR if you would like to participate in the Tarcisius Kabutaulaka's masterclass on the afternoon of Tuesday,11 April 2023.

If you would like to participate in only one day of the conference, you can purchase one of the 'Daily flat rate' ticket.

Please note that this conference is an in-person event. However, the Epeli Hau'ofa public lecture will be recorded and uploaded at a later date.

Date and Times



Cost Per Person

From: $70.00


  •  To Hell With Drowning Organising Commitee