Centre for Pacific and Asian Studies
Anthropology Department - University of Nijmegen - Netherlands
Last update: November 12, 2002
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General information [top]

The Centre for Pacific and Asian Studies (CPAS) at the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands, was established in 1991. Developed from the former Centre for Australian and Oceanic Studies, the CPAS has an interdisciplinary character and covers Oceania, including Australia and New Zealand, Continental Asia and insulair Southeast Asia.

The staff consists of anthropologists, legal anthropologists, development sociologists, geographers, historians, and linguists at the University of Nijmegen and at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen. At present 25 senior and 14 junior staff are working at or affiliated with the Centre.

The Centre aims at:

To these ends the Centre initiates and promotes research of both senior and junior staff, provides a platform for discussion, exchanges information on ongoing research, and organizes regular workshops, conferences, seminars and exhibitions.

How to contact the Centre [top]

Postal mail address:

Centre for Pacific and Asian Studies
University of Nijmegen
P.O. Box 9104
6500 HE Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Visiting address:

Thomas van Aquinostraat 4
Room 4.02.08
The Netherlands
Phone and fax:

tel. +31-(0)24-361.2361
fax +31-(0)24-361.1945
Electronic mail address:


Cooperation with Aarhus and Heidelberg [top]

In June 1997, delegations of the Departments of Anthropology in Aarhus (Denmark), Heidelberg (Germany) and Nijmegen signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining the modalities of cooperation in the field of Pacific and Asian Studies. This Memorandum has been published in Oceania Newsletter 20, March 1998. (See the next section of this homepage.)

Oceania Newsletter [top]

The Centre publishes a biannual newsletter of Pacific Studies, entitled Oceania Newsletter. This newsletter includes progress reports on research projects of members and affiliated members of the CPAS as well as short articles on topical issues concerning the Pacific. It also contains announcements of workshops, seminars, conferences and exhibitions on the Pacific, and a list of recent publications on Oceania. Literature on Southeast Asia is not included

Bibliographical database [top]

The database contains information on literature on Oceania that has been listed in Oceania Newsletter 11/12, February/August 1993 - 29, September 2002 (not yet published). Backdating to 1986 is in progress. Literature on Southeast Asia is not included. Keywords and review references have been added. Note: Author names with special characters (e.g. Mückler) must be written in capitals (e.g. MÜCKLER). The database was updated on August 28, 2002, from 8520 to 8929 titles.

An Asmat and Mimika archive [top]

In the 1940s and 1950s Gerard A. Zegwaard was a Missionary of the Sacred Heart in the Asmat and Mimika Region of Netherlands New Guinea. His article 'Headhunting Practices of the Asmat of Netherlands New Guinea' (American Anthropologist, 61(6), 1959: 1020-1041) is a highlight on his list of publications. Almost all his posthumous writings, including more than 200 unpublished texts, are now present at the Catholic Documentation Centre (Katholiek Documentatie Centrum) in Nijmegen, Netherlands, and can be consulted there. Here we present a bibliography of Father Zegwaard's writings.

Fulltext documents [top]

Hulsker, Janneke. 2002. Regulating Recognition in Redfern: Aboriginal Organisations and the Construction of their Corporate Aboriginal Identity. PhD thesis, University of Nijmegen, Nijmegen. (PDF / 2.526 KB / 342 pages.)

Timmer, Jaap. 2000. Living with Intricate Futures: Order and Confusion in Imyan Worlds, Irian Jaya, Indonesia. PhD thesis, University of Nijmegen, Nijmegen.(PDF / 2.471 KB / 414 pages.)

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