Association for Pacific Studies

The Association for Pacific Studies (Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Pazifische Studien [Aachen] e.V., APSA) was founded in 1987 as an inter-disciplinary academic network at the Department of Geography at RWTH Aachen University (Germany). APSA members shared research interests in the countries of the Asian-Pacific Region. At the beginning, there was a particular regional focus on Pacific Island countries and later extended to East Asia and Southeast Asia.

Various activities have been initiated such as the implementation of workshops, conferences, public lecture series or poster exhibitions. A books series “Pazifik Forum” was established in 1990. Since 1992, a semi-annual peer-reviewed journal Pacific Geographies (ISSN Print: 2196-1468; ISSN Online: 2199-9104) has been published. The latter has developed to a major activity of the association.

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