The 21st biennial conference of the Pacific History Association (PHA) will take place in Taipei, the northern capital city, and Taitung, the cradle of Austronesian culture in southeastern Taiwan, from Dec. 3 through 6.
The conference is co-organized by the Taiwan Society for Pacific Studies (TSPS), a research body devoted to a new mapping of Pacific and Austronesian populations; the Taipei Ricci Institute, an organization studying aboriginal languages and religious transformations; the National Taiwan University; the National Taitung University; the National Museum of Prehistory; and the Australia-based PHA.
Themed on "Pathways” — "Lalan” in Taiwan's aboriginal Amis tongue, "Chalan” in Guam's Chamorro, "Tala” in the Solomon Islands, and "Ara” in New Zealand's Maori — the conference hopes to reconnect Asian-Pacific heritage and forge a new path forward based on common history.
The conference will host such keynote speakers as Francis X. Hezel, S.J., a Jesuit priest and founder of the Micronesian Seminar; Judy Bennett, history professor with the University of Otago in New Zealand; and Sun Ta-ch'uan, former Minister of the Council of Indigenous Peoples in Taiwan.
More information can be found at: http://pha2014.erenlai.com/