The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs


With editorial offices at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, The Contemporary Pacific covers a wide range of disciplines with the aim of providing comprehensive coverage of contemporary developments in the entire Pacific Islands region and the global Pacific diaspora. It features refereed, readable articles that examine social, economic, political, ecological, literary, and cultural topics, along with political reviews, book and media reviews, resource reviews, and a dialogue section with interviews and short essays. Each issue highlights the work of one or more Pacific Islander artists.

This website serves as a portal to past issues, highlights the work of the current issue's featured artist(s), interviews with authors who have published in TCP, submission guidelines, and more!

Current Issue Contents 32(1)

Special Issue: "Experiencing Pacific Environments: Pasts, Presents, Futures"

Guest Editors: Eveline Dürr, Philipp Schorch, and Sina Emde


Experiencing Pacific Environments: Pasts, Presents, Futures, Eveline Dürr, Philipp Schorch, and Sina Emde

Collaborative Strategies for Re-Enhancing Hapū, Connections to Lands and Making Changes with Our Climate, Huhana Smith 

Navigating for a Place in the Museum: Stories of Encounter and Engagement between the Old and the New from the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, Michael Mel

One Thousand and One Coconuts: Growing Memories in Southern New Guinea, Nicholas Evans

The Lizard in the Volcano: Narratives of the Kuwae Eruption, Chris Ballard

The Capitalism of Chambri Cosmology: The 2017 Sir Raymond Firth Memorial Lecture, Deborah Gewertz and Frederick Errington

Nesor Annim, Niteikapar (Good Morning, Cardinal Honeyeater): Indigenous Reflections on Micronesian Women and the Environment, Myjolynne Marie Kim

Afterword: “I Am the River, and the River Is Me," Dame Anne Salmond



Teaching Oceania: Creating Pedagogical Resources for Undergraduates in Pacific Studies, Monica C LaBriola and Julianne Walsh



Micronesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019, Michael Lujan Bevacqua, Elizabeth (Isa) Ua Ceallaigh Bowman, Zaldy Dandan, Monica C LaBriola, Nic Maclellan, Tiara R Na'puti, Gonzaga Puas

Polynesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019, Peter Clegg, Lorenz Gonschor, Margaret Mutu, Salote Talagi, Forrest Wade Young



Oceania [exhibition], Reviewed by Safua Akeli Amaama

Kaiāulu: Gathering Tides, by Mehana Blaich Vaughan, Reviewed by Mililani Ganivet

Ē Luku Wale Ē: Devastation Upon Devastation, by Mark Hamasaki and Kapulani Landgraf, Reviewed by Halena Kapuni-Reynolds

Island Time: New Zealand’s Pacific Futures, by Damon Salesa, Reviewed by Masami Tsujita Levi

The Bounty from the Beach: Cross-Cultural and Cross-Disciplinary Essays, edited by Sylvie Largeaud-Ortega, Reviewed by Vehia Wheeler

Breaking the Shell: Voyaging from Nuclear Refugees to People of the Sea in the Marshall Islands, by Joseph H Genz, Reviewed by M Blake Fisher

Pacific Alternatives: Cultural Politics in Contemporary Oceania, edited by Edvard Hviding and Geoffrey White, Reviewed by Cheng-Cheng Li

Dispossession and the Environment: Rhetoric and Inequality in Papua New Guinea, by Paige West, Reviewed by Foley Pfalzgraf

Pacific Futures: Past and Present, edited by Warwick Anderson, Miranda Johnson, and Barbara Brookes, Reviewed by Owen Jennings

Tatau: A History of Sāmoan Tattooing, by Sean Mallon and Sébastien Galliot, Reviewed by Kristina Togafau