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Conference Organisers



Dr Nicholas Halter is the Chair of the Conference Organising Committee. He joined USP as a Lecturer in History in 2016 and currently teaches courses on Pacific history and historiography. He has ongoing interests in the history of Australia’s relationship with the Pacific Islands, travel writing, and the Micronesian region. His monograph Australian Travellers in the South Seas was published by ANU Press in 2021. He developed a Fijian History mobile app with his undergraduate students ( and is currently working on an edited collection of Suva histories.


Ato'ese Adjunct Associate Professor Morgan Tuimaleali’ifano has taught history at USP for over 30 years. His main body of research focuses on indigenous and introduced governance systems in the Pacific, specifically within the periods of the 19th and 20th centuries. He also facilitates a postgraduate course at USP on Pacific diasporic communities, exploring the vital emergence of the Pan-Pacific identity. Morgan served as president for the Pacific History Association and Head of School of Social Sciences, USP.


Dr Jacqueline Ryle is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at USP. She has a PhD in Social Anthropology (SOAS, University of London 2001), an MSc in Social Anthropology (UCL, University of London 1992), BSc in Anthropology (University of Copenhagen, Denmark 1991) and Examinata Artium in Cultural Sociology (University of Copenhagen 1989).  She is English, born in Cyprus and grew up in England and Denmark. She has taught Anthropology at University of Copenhagen and at Pacific Regional Seminary, Suva and, within the National Council of Churches in Denmark, done advocacy work on climate change, the environment, faith and ethics. Her PhD and Postdoctoral research (1993 – 2005) on Christianity, tradition and politics in Fiji, based on extensive fieldwork in different churches and communities, was published in the monograph, My God, My Land – Interwoven Paths of Christianity and Tradition in Fiji (Ashgate 2010).

Anawaite Matadradra is USP Postgraduate Representative on the Conference Organising Committee. She is a PhD History student who is conducting a comparative study of a minority Melanesian communities in Fiji and Samoa.

Dr Dario Di Rosa is lecturing in History at USP. His research is nested at the intersection of history and anthropology, and he is particularly interested in colonial (social and cultural) history of Melanesia and issues of historical consciousness (explored ethnographically).