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Sport and the Pacific Region: Cross-Cultural Currents III

Noumea, New Caledonia

12-13 August 2011

New Caledonia is the host nation for the 2011 Pacific Games.  It will also host the third biennial international sports studies conference in the Pacific region.  The University of New Caledonia in the capital city of Noumea will be the conference venue, and on the day following the conclusion of the conference delegates will have the opportunity to participate in a special behind-the-scenes tour of a number of sporting facilities associated with the forthcoming Pacific Games (27 August – 10 September 2011).

Papers from the fields of sport - history, tourism, education, management, philosophy, law, business and comparative studies - are invited.  Postgraduate student presentations are especially encouraged.  Presentations can either be in English or French, and translation services will be available at the conference venue.  The specific theme of the conference is ‘Sport and the Pacific Region: Cross-Cultural Currents’, although papers dealing with more general themes and topics outside of the region are also welcome.  It is anticipated that papers from the conference will be published in a peer-reviewed anthology.

Queries about the conference from local (Pacific Island) delegates should be directed to Andrew Minogue at

Queries about the conference from international (outside the Pacific region, including Australia and New Zealand) delegates should be directed to Rob Hess at

More details about the Pacific Games can found at

The deadline for abstracts is now closed.

Click here now for the updated Conference flyer.

Click here now for instructions on how to submit an abstract for the Conference.

Click here now for the Conference registration form.

New!! Click here for the penultimate version of the Conference program.  The conference will commence with a keynote address and a cocktail reception on the evening of Friday, 12 August, and then be followed by a full day of papers on Saturday, 13 August.  The conference dinner will take place on Saturday evening.  Delegates will have the option of attending a guided tour of facilities associated with the Pacific Games on Sunday, 14 August.

New!! Click here for the flyer advertising the keynote address to be delivered by Professor Thierry Terret at 6.00 pm on Friday, 12 August 2011.  Professor Terret is the Director of the Centre for Research and Innovation in Sport, University of Lyon, France.

Accommodation Options in Noumea

The conference will be held at the University of New Caledonia. Accommodation options include hotels, studios and self-catering apartments.  [Note: Please use the website for all currency conversions. In the full list of currencies you will find the XPF Pacific Franc, which is used in New Caledonia.]

For an appropriate budget-priced hotel in the luxurious Nouvata Park Complex, just across the street from Anse Vata Beach, in the heart of Noumea's International Tourism centre, click on the following link:

Please note that Sonia le Ralle, Sales Manager of the GLP group of hotels listed in the above website address, is able to offer special commercial rates for La Promenade (which offers standard hotel rooms and self catering apartments) and Le Pacific, Nouvata Park (which offers standard, but slightly cheaper, hotel rooms).  She can be contacted directly at  Please mention the conference to her when booking.

Good deals on a select range of hotels are also available at the Wotif website.  Select New Caledonia, and Noumea, from the following link:

Conference sponsors include Victoria University, University of New Caledonia, James Cook University and The Cairns Institute.

This website page was last updated on 08 August 2011