OCIS09 Politics in Oceania

Session Chairs
Prof. Stephanie Lawson

‘Oceania’ is a region conventionally understood as encompassing Australia and New Zealand as well as the Pacific islands of the sub-regions Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia. While other sessions will deal with themes in the domestic politics of Australia and New Zealand, papers in this session will focus more on the politics of Pacific islands themselves and/or politics between and among Pacific Island countries, Australia, New Zealand and other regional or global actors. Papers addressing the main conference theme of ‘borders and margins’, and how these are constitutive of crucial political processes and the distribution of power, are especially welcome, as are papers with a focus on comparative and theoretical issues or with an interdisciplinary approach. Given the particular challenges of geography in Oceania, issues in spatiality, distance, physical barriers and so on are also of special interest.