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The peoples of Oceania have long understood and practiced their own sustainable initiatives in their island worlds. However, the World Bank and large nations have their own specific ideas about defining and promoting sustainability in the region which they have deemed the “Blue Economy.”

Despite these attempts to embed foreign notions that determine Pacific futures, Island peoples continue to find ways to ensure our own concepts, reclaiming and imagining Blue Pacific futures on our own terms. “Pacific futures” includes a wide range of approaches to the ways in which Pacific Island peoples envision our cultures, economies, societies, and environments in ways that are rooted in Oceania beyond the “Blue Economy.”

This conference is open to all students (undergraduate & graduate from any institution), but submissions must be in line with the themes of the conference. Papers, panels, roundtables, performance and visual presentations or combinations of these are all welcome.