Maori Kowhaiwhai

Keynote Speakers

Elizabeth Deloughrey (University of California, Los Angeles)

Elizabeth Deloughrey is the founder and coordinator of the UCLA Postcolonial Literature and Theory Colloquium and is co-editor for the online open access journal Environmental Humanities.   Her forthcoming book, Allegories of the Anthropocene (2018), examines climate change and empire in the literary and visual arts.  She is the author of Routes and Roots: Navigating Caribbean and Pacific Literatures (2007)and co-editor of Caribbean Literature and the Environment: Between Nature and Culture (2005); Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment (2011) and Global Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities: Postcolonial Approaches (2015).

Ross Gibson (University of Canberra)

Ross Gibson is a writer and researcher who also makes films and multi-media environments. His main interests are contemporary arts, communication and the history of environmental consciousness in colonial cultures, particularly in Australia and the Pacific. Recent works include: the books 26 Views of the Starburst World (2012), Changescapes (2015), Memoryscopes (2015), Stone Grown Cold (2015) and The Criminal Re-Register (2017);  the ABC Radio National feature Green Love (2016);  the public artwork Bluster Town, commissioned for Wynyard railway station by Transport NSW.

Sudesh Mishra (University of the South Pacific)

Sudesh Mishra is a contemporary Fijian-Australian poet and academic. He is the author two critical monographs, including Diaspora Criticism (2006), five volumes of poetry, including The Lives of Coat Hangers (Otago UP, 2016), two full-length plays and several short stories.  His research papers have appeared in New Literary History, Meanjin, Subaltern Studies, Australian Humanities Review, Continuum, Social Text, Borderlands, Emergences, Oxford Literary Review, The Journal of Pacific History and The Contemporary Pacific.

Steven Ratuva (Macmillan Brown Centre, University of Canterbury)

Professor Steven Ratuva is Director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies and Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.  He has published widely on development, conflict, political change, coups, social protection, elections, ethnicity, security, military, affirmative action, gender and nationalism. He is the editor of the Global Handbook on Ethnicity and Guns and Roses: The Nexus between the Military and Citizenry in the New Security Environment (both forthcoming).  He is also Founder and Editor in Chief of Pacific Dynamics: Journal of Interdisciplinary Research.