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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 social anthropologist and Senior Lecturer in Sociology who has researched into the relations between Christianity, tradition and politics in Fiji since the early 1990s, conducting extensive fieldwork in rural and urban contexts in different denominations and on interfaith dialogue. Her current research focus includes ritual; prayer; faith, spirituality and environment; and religion and gender inequality. 

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).

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