Professor Epeli Hau‘ofa

Epeli Hau'ofa, writer and professor of anthropology, now a citizen of Fiji, was born in Papua New Guinea of Tongan missionary parents. He was educated in Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Fiji, Australia, and Canada, and is a PhD graduate of the Department of Anthropology, Australian National University. Over the years, he has been Keeper of Palace Records in Tonga and held, in turn, the positions of Head of the Sociology Department and Head of the School of Social and Economic Development of the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva, Fiji.

In 1997 Hau'ofa founded the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture, at USP, which he has directed since its establishment. The Oceania Centre aims to promote the development of contemporary Oceanic visual and performing arts that transcend national and ethnic boundaries. His publications include an ethnography, Mekeo; a short story collection; Tales of the Tikongs, a novel, Kisses in the Nederends; and a series of three influential and widely cited papers on the theme of A New Oceania.