The Geneva Declaration of the Global Forum of Indigenous Peoples and the Information Society (2003) suggests that “Information and Communication Technology (ICT) should be used to support and encourage cultural diversity and to preserve and promote the language, distinct identities and traditional knowledge of Indigenous peoples, nations and tribes in a manner which they determine best advances these goals. The evolution of the information and communication societies must be founded on the respect and promotion of the rights of Indigenous peoples, nations and tribes and our distinctive and diverse cultures, as outlines in international conventions. We have fundamental and collective rights to protect, preserve and strengthen our own languages, cultures and identities.”
The University of the South Pacific (USP) has been presented with a most unique opportunity to explore this curious ICT-Culture relationship with the establishment of the Multi-Purpose Theatre at the Japan-Pacific ICT Centre. Together with the USP’s Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific studies (OCACPS), the two institutions hold promise for conducting cutting edge research on the impact of ICT on unique cultures, languages and even the identities of the peoples of the Pacific region. To begin this fascinating journey, USP is officially opening its new Japan Pacific ICT Centre Multi-Purpose Theatre and marking the auspicious occasion with an International Conference on ICT & Oceanian Cultures. OCACPS will also showcase its production on ICT and culture, created especially for the conference.
For further enquiries please contact:
The Conference Planner
Phone:(679) 323 2268
Fax: (679) 323 1504