Welcome to The New Outrigger!

Tālofa lava, ni sa bula vinaka, noa‘ia ‘e mauri, ran annim, mālō e lelei, dina namona, kia orana, håfa adai, halo ola keta, fakaalofa lahi atu, aloha kākou, bona keake, namaste, alii, bonjour, halo olgeta, ‘ia ora na, kam na mauri, tēnā kotou, hello and welcome to The New Outrigger!

Looking out to the Pacific from a beach in Hagåtña, Guåhan/Guam – image by Bianca Hennessy

Mitiana and Bianca here, editors of this site. As PhD students of Pacific studies, we’re driven by a passion to see more rigorous and academically informed dialogue, debate and conversation that brings together Pacific Islander and non-Islander scholars, activists, and artists. We want to explore the expansive transdisciplinary, Indigenous and Island(er)-centred, creative mode of studies that the Pacific inspires.

The name ‘The New Outrigger’ is a reimagining of the ANU Pacific Institute’s ‘Outrigger’ website. We’re grateful to the Pacific Institute for supporting this project. At ANU, we live and work on the lands of the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, and we extend warm respect to their elders. We celebrate their continued existence on this land for tens of thousands of years.

With the metaphor of the outrigger, we honour Pacific Islander technologies that facilitated the expansion, interconnection, sustenance and survival of Pacific peoples throughout millennia. The New Outrigger brings these ideas into the digital age as we continue to develop and sustain knowledges in the 21st century, drawing together people and stories across Oceania’s vast reach, breaking down the barriers between institutions and disciplines, celebrating Pacific Islander expression, ingenuity, and resilience.

The outrigger is an instrument that offers balance to a canoe, and we think of this project as an act in balancing out some of the ways that knowledge circulates in and around universities. We are aware of tensions operating around Pacific research and knowledges – demarcations and barriers between universities, communities, disciplines, researchers, and teachers. As such, we’re interested in publishing not only academics, but also postgrads, undergrads, and the wider Pasifika community members. We are open to pitches and interested in any form of content: written pieces, audio or video, or visual photo essays. For more information on writing for us, see our guide for submissions. If you’re on social media you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletter to receive a monthly digest on our work.

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