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(2)


Of Monsters and Mothers: Affective Climates and Human-Nonhuman Sociality in Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner's "Dear Matafele Peinam," Angela L Robinson

Their Sea of Islands? Pacific Climate Warriors, Oceania Identities, and World Enlargement, Hannah Fair

Snaring the Nuclear Sun: Decolonial Ecologies in Titaua Peu's Mutismes: E ‘Ore te Vāvā, Anaïs Maurer


Climate Change, Mental Health, and Well-Being for Pacific Peoples: A Literature Review, Jemaima Tiatia-Seath, Trish Tupou, and Ian Fookes


Asylum Seekers in the Pacific (Manus, Nauru)

“It Is Not Because They Are Bad People”: Australia’s Refugee Resettlement in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, J C Salyer, Steffen Dalsgaard, and Paige West

Expanding Terra Nullis, Sarah Keenan

No Friend but the Mountains: A Reflection, Patrick Kaiku

Becoming through the Mundane: Asylum Seekers and the Making of Selves in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Paige West

The Story of Holim Pas Tok Ples, a Short Film about Indigenous Language on Lou Island, Manus Province, Papua New Guinea, Kireni Sparks-Ngenge

A Brief on the Intersection between Climate Change Impacts and Asylum and Refugee Seekers’ Incarceration on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, Robert Bino

Weaponizing Ecocide: Nauru, Offshore Incarceration, and Environmental Crisis, Anja Kanngieser

From Drifters to Asylum Seekers, Steffen Dalsgaard and Ton Otto

The Denial of Human Dignity in the Age of Human Rights under Australia’s Operation Sovereign Borders, J C Salyer


The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 2019, Nic Maclellan

Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 2019, Volker Boege, Rebecca Bogiri, Mathias Chauchat, Joseph Daniel Foukona, Budi Hernawan, Michael Leach, James Stiefvater, Jope Tarai


Engaging with Strangers: Love and Violence in the Rural Solomon Islands, by Debra McDougall
Reviewed by Tarcisius Kabutaulaka

Living Kinship in the Pacific, edited by Christina Toren and Simonne Pauwels
Reviewed by Lorenzo Pule Finau-Cruz

Grappling with the Bomb: Britain’s Pacific H-Bomb Tests, by Nic Maclellan
Reviewed by Monica C LaBriola

Found in Translation: Many Meanings on a North Australian Mission, by Laura Rademaker
Reviewed by Sharleen Santos-Bamba