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PARBICA 19 – Connection and Resilience in the Digital Age

A key activity of PARBICA is its General Conference. The conference provides a unique opportunity to make or renew professional contacts with other archivists who usually work in isolation. Delegates discuss common problems and explore possible solutions in small groups and plenary sessions. The focus is on drawing up recommendations and guidelines for use by archivists as well as for in-country training of archives and records management staff.

Following its inaugural meeting in Suva in 1981, PARBICA has held conferences every two years. These conferences provide a unique opportunity to make and renew professional contacts with other archivists working in the Pacific region.

PARBICA19 will be held online over three days – 1 to 3 November 2021.

While we very much enjoy and appreciate the benefits of meeting in person, building relationships and hand-on training, the current worldwide pandemic situation means international travel is not an option in 2021. An online event will be different for us, but there are benefits:

  • more opportunities for members to attend
  • low cost participation
  • ability to engage international speakers
  • ability to pick and choose presentations and seminars of most interest

Conference Registration

The Conference will be presented online using Zoom. Registration is free for PARBICA members, and AUD $60 for non-members.


Conference Program

Download the Conference Program, speaker biographies and presentation summaries – PARBICA19 Program
General Conference & Bureau Reports
Day One—Monday 1 November 2021
General Conference 10.00am-12.00noon
10.00-10.30am – Welcome and President’s Report
10.30-10.45am – ICA President’s Report
10.45-11.00am – Secretary-General’s Report
11.00-11.15am – Treasurer’s Report
11.15-11.30am – Bureau Elections
11.30-12.00pm – PARBICA business planning for 2022-2024
Country Reports 12.30pm-1.45pm
Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Western Samoa, Tuvalu, Niue, Palau, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Yap
Country Reports 2.00-3.00pm
New Zealand, Australia, Cook Islands, Kiribati, American Samoa, Papua New Guinea
Partner Reports 3.00-4.00pm
Pacific Manuscripts Bureau, UNESCO Memory of the World Committee Asia Pacific, University of the South Pacific, Pacific Community
Close of day one—PARBICA President
Day Two—Tuesday 2 November 2021
Session One 10.30am-12.30pm
10.30-11.15am David Fricker – A Pacific Data Embassy
11.15-12.15pm Joshua Harris – Preserving the Film and Audiovisual Heritage of the Pacific: Past, Present, Future.
Session Two 1.00-2.30pm
1.00-2.00pm Eleanor Kleiber, Shavonn Matsuda, Annemarie Paikai & Keahiahi Long – Ka Wai Hāpai: Co-Creating and connecting with community
2.00-2.30pm Tim Kong – Digitalpasifik.org – reflections on leading a pilot project that seeks to build bridges between the worlds of Archives and the worlds of Pacific peoples
Day Three—Wednesday 3 November 2021
Session Three 10.30am-12.00noon
10.30-11.00am Rebekah Hayes & Grace Koch – True Echoes: Reconnecting historical wax cylinder recordings with the Torres Strait Islander communities from which they originate
11.00-11.30am Kari James – PAMBU: Connection, COVID and change
Session Four 1.30pm-2.30pm
1.30-2.00pm Aileen Boubou – Connecting with communities and innovation at the Kiribati National Archive
2.00-2.30pm Nick Thieberger, Amanda Harris & Steve Gagau – Building connections across time and space, the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC)
Close of PARBICA19 – President

Past conferences

For information on past conferences, see the past conferences page.