The focus of this panel is areal: The Islands of Oceania. Topical and theoretical approaches of the presenter's choosing are sought. People may wish to reflect on the "moral horizons" of their own or other's fieldwork experiences as well as what they discovered from their research.
Since the earliest days of anthropology, either as four fields or one, the peoples and cultures of the Pacific Islands have been a venue for asking abiding questions of what it is to be human and the varieties of the ways that people have responded to this question. These "experiments in living" have evolved on little land and much water over millennia as populations have moved about the vast area that is Oceania, a term preferred as it is more inclusive in extent and less restrictive in concept. The peoples and cultures have continued their evolution as has the discipline of anthropology itself, with the expansion of "moral horizons" in conduct and research disclosure. The panel is intended to take up both historical and contemporary approaches; personal and critical experiences; general and particular instances.