Keynote Speakers

Yonghan Kim

Yonghan Kim

Yonghan Kim served as a head curator in the National Maritime Museum, the head of the Cultural Heritage Conservation Science Centre, National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and as a council member of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property. His main research is focused on the conservation of cultural heritage. He has contributed to conserve and restore Sinan shipwreck which is the first underwater cultural heritage in Korea. The accomplishment was published in a book named A Study on the Restoration of Sinan Shipwreck. His interest is not limited only in underwater cultural heritage, but expanded into other national treasures, including the Ten-story Stone Pagoda from Gyeongcheonsa Temple Site and Nanjung ilgi.

Keynote Title:  History of Underwater Excavation of Korea


Pierre-Yves Manguin

Pierre-Yves Manguin is emeritus professor at the Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO, French School of Asian Studies, Paris). His research focuses on the history and archaeology of the coastal states and trade networks of Southeast Asia. He has led archaeological work in Indonesia (on Srivijaya, South Sumatra and Batujaya, West Java), and in Vietnam (on Funan, Oc Eo, Mekong Delta). He has written on themes related to maritime history and archaeology of Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean and South China Sea, with a special focus on Southeast Asian shipbuilding and sailing traditions. 

Keynote Title: TBD


Nālani Wilson-Hokowhitu

Nālani Wilson-Hokowhitu (ʻo ia/she/her) is a Kanaka ʻŌiwi, Native Hawaiian, scholar of Critical Pacific and Indigenous Studies presently residing along the shores of te awa Waikato, the Waikato River, in Kirikiriroa, Aotearoa-New Zealand. She is a global citizen with Indigenous, Moana Nui genealogies to Molokaʻi Nui a Hina and Kanakaʻaukai from Kalapana, Hawaiʻi. Nālani is currently Senior Research Fellow at Ngā Wai a Te Tūī, Māori and Indigenous Research Institute and the recipient of a Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi Marsden Fast-Start grant (2021-2024) focusing on retracing the storylines of Pacific women voyagers and navigators.

Her scholarship and creative practice engage moʻokūʻauhau, genealogical connections to the natural world, in an effort to raise global awareness about human and more-than-human relationships, Mana Wāhine, Indigenous and Pacific feminisms, epistemologies, and ontologies that inform critical, innovative and transformative futurities. Her research, curation, documentaries, and visual art add to the growing body of knowledge expressed by Kānaka ʻŌiwi, Moana Nui, and Indigenous peoples working at the interface of social justice and environmental protection of our islands, earth, waterways, and oceans. 

Nālani is the editor of The Past Before Us: Moʻokūʻauhau as Methodology (2019) published by the University of Hawaiʻi Press. She is a featured artist in The Contemporary Pacific Journal (2022) and a dialogue participant in the next issue (2023, TCP 35:1), which focuses on the keynote presentation, Moana Nui Rising. Navigation between multiple worldviews is a common theme in her scholarship. In particular, the poetry, critical theory, and activism of the late Professor Haunani Kay Trask and Dr Teresia Teaiwa has served as a star line to follow, igniting a ferocity and tenderness that reverberates through a contemporary intellectual genealogy of mana wāhine.

Keynote Title:  Moana Nui Rising: Oceanic Activisms and Futurities