Keynote Speakers


Professor Vicente Diaz

Vicente Diaz is Pohnpeian/Filipino who was born and raised on Guam, educated in Hawai’i (BA, MA, Political Science) and California (PhD History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz). A trans-disciplinary scholar, Diaz has taught Pacific History and Micronesian Studies at the University of Guam (1992-2001),  Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2001-2012), American Indian Studies and Anthropology at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign (2012-2015) before joining the faculty in American Indian Studies and History at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities. At Minnesota, Diaz heads the Native Canoe Program, which uses Indigenous water-craft and traditional ecological knowledge associated with water to advance teaching, research, and community building in the Pacific Islands and where Pacific Islanders reside. Diaz was a leader in the revitalization of canoe culture and traditional voyaging in Micronesia, having studied with traditional navigators from Polowat Atoll in the Central Carolines.  He is also a leader in the field of Native Pacific cultural studies and efforts to build global and comparative Indigenous studies. Diaz is published widely in Indigenous history, culture, and politics and their critical study. His major work include Repositioning the Missionary: Rewriting the Histories of Colonialism, Native Catholicism, and Indigeneity in Guam (University of Hawai’i Press, 2010); Sacred Vessels: Navigating Tradition and Identity in Micronesia (29 mins; 1996); and Native Pacific Cultural Studies on the Edge (special issue of The Contemporary Pacific, co-edited with J. Kehaulani Kauanui, 2001).  His most recent projects focus on trans-indigenous theory and practice between traditional cultural revitalization and advanced visualization technologies (AR/VR/MR) among Ojibwe, Dakota, and Micronesian Pacific islander environmental refugees in rural, western Minnesota.

Title of Address: Submersing into the Depths and Reaches of Central Carolinian Seafaring with Immersive Technologies.


Mr. Kenzo Hayashida

Kenzo Hayashida is one of the most distinguished and famous underwater archaeologists in Japan.  He is the president director of the Asian Research Institute of Underwater Archaeology (ARIUA) at Fukuoka, western Japan, which was formerly the Kyushu Okinawa Society for Underwater Archaeology (KOSUWA) founded in 1986.  From 2006 to 2017 he was a lecturer in nautical archaeology at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, which was a member institution of the UNESCO UNITWIN Network for Underwater Archaeology, and from 2013 to 2019 he was a committee member of the Investigation Committee of Submerged Sites, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan.  He has been leading many underwater excavation works in Japan, such as Mongolian shipwreck sites in northern Kyushu or medieval harbour ruins in Tsushima island on the Korea strait, and he has been publishing and editing numerous academic papers and books, including The Database of Underwater Cultural Heritage and Promotion of Underwater Archaeology (Fukuoka: ARIUA, 2012) or Underwater Cultural Heritage: History Resuscitated from the Sea (Tokyo: Bensei Shuppan, 2017).  In particular, the former editorial series consisted of 6 volumes is the first comprehensive database or archaeological site map of underwater cultural heritage in Japan.

Title of Address: History of Underwater Archaeology in Japan: Past, Present and Perspective