A webinar series coordinated by Helen Gardner and Jacqui Leckie. 

Here is our exciting lineup for 2022!

Further details will be announced closer to the dates, including Zoom details.

All are most welcome to join. Please check the PHA facebook page for updates

Enquiries to jacqui.leckie[at]


Provisional timetable

All times given are AEST (Melbourne). Be sure to check your time zone

Friday 12 August 2022  (AEST 10am -12)

Dr Nicholas Hoare, Department of Pacific Affairs, Australian National University

Mining Futurities: Imagined Futures for the Pacific’s Three Great Phosphate Islands

As others have argued, mining both limits possible futures and creates new ones. This paper starts from the premise that few people in Nauru, Banaba, or Makatea would have imagined that their islands would remain unrehabilitated in the third decade of the 21st century. It explores a range of imagined post-mining futures for these islands, whether from Islanders or outlanders, and then seeks to understand why so little has been achieved. Technological improvements have opened the door to ‘rehabilitation through mining’ schemes, however there are question marks over the viability of such proposals, especially among ‘once bitten, twice shy’ communities.    


All are most welcome to join by Zoom: 

Meeting ID: 867 1923 4590
Password: 68367676 



Thursday 8 September 2022 (AEST 8am -10am) (Minnesota: Wednesday 7 September, 5pm – 7pm

Associate Professor Tina Taitano DeLisle, University of Minnesota

Indigeneity & “Placental Politics” in Guam (title TBC)


Thursday 13 October 2022 (AEST 11am -1pm)

"USP student research roundup: in honour of Brij V. Lal"

Chaired by Dr Nicholas Halter, University of the South Pacific


Thursday 10 November 2022 (AEST 10am -12)

Annie Kwai,  PhD candidate, Australian National University

Rethinking Culture, History and Gender Relations in Solomon Islands

Past Webinars

Thursday 7 July 2022: 


"People’s Histories of Christianities: Towards reStorying Pacific Church History". By 

Associate Professor Gladson Jathanna (Pacific Theological College, Suva). Click here for a video recording

12 November 2020:

"Decolonisation Interrupted: West Papuan Campaign for Independence 1961-69". By Emma Kluge (University of Sydney). Click here for a video recording

8 October 2020:

" 'A Time Bomb Lies Buried': The Road to and From Fijian Independence". By Emeritus Professor Brij V. Lal (Australian National University). Click here for a video recording

10 September 2020:

"Popular Culture and the Beginning of Cinema Culture in Western Samoa". By Dr Louise Mataia Milo (National University of Samoa). Click here for a video recording


15 August 2020:

"In search of a solution to the problem of resolving the succession to the Vanua title of the Vunivalu of the Yavusa of Sovatabua – Natewa, Vanua Levu, Fiji Islands." By Tuinawi Rakuita, Eroni Rakuita, Sevanaia Sakai, and Morgan Tuimaleali’ifano (The University of the South Pacific).