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9th International Conference on Easter Island and the Pacific (EIPC 2015)


June 21st – 26th 2015

Ethnological Museum Dahlem, Berlin



Conference Topics


The general theme of the conference concerns the resources, adaptations, and the cultural dynamics on Pacific Islands from pre-contact to our times. Overall emphasis will be put on the insular environments and resources that early colonists came across and the options the islanders had to adapt to and to form their ambience.


The conference will investigate a wide spectrum of topics such as history, landscape archaeology, technology and innovation, subsistence strategies, arts, languages, social organization, religious beliefs, and the like. Speakers are also encouraged to present papers on history of research and on the most recent contributions of natural sciences to the questions concerned. Another focus will be the identification, classification, documentation, preservation, and management of cultural heritage sites.


Important Dates

January 2015: Notification of acceptance, preliminary program
March 31st 2015: Early registration deadline (20% discount)
May 29th, 2015: Late registration deadline (full fee)
June 21st – 26th 2015: 9th International Conference on Easter Island and the Pacific


Preliminary program

Sunday 21st 17:00 Beginning of registration and welcome drink (locality to be announced later)
Monday 22nd 9:30 Opening session, key note speech, and lectures in the Ethnological Museum;
Tuesday 23rd 9:00 through 18:00 lectures
Evening: reception (locality to be announced later)
Wednesday 24rd excursion (boat trip through the center of Berlin)
Thursday 25th 9:00 through 18:00 lectures
Friday 26th 9:00 through 15:15 lectures Plenary session
16:00 End of conference


Conference Venue

The 9th International Conference on Easter Island and the Pacific will be held in the Ethnological Museum in Berlin (Lansstraße 8, 14195 Berlin-Zehlendorf), one of the largest ethnological museums in the world. You get there by U-Bahn (underground/subway) No. 3 line to stop Dahlem-Dorf and then three minutes on foot.



The call for papers has been concluded, but participants who have not yet registered and who would like to attend without presenting any paper are welcome to enlist. We therefore include herewith a compressed form of registration (DOWNLOAD HERE) and to return it to EIPC2015@dainst.de.


Attending the conference

To facilitate the organization of the conference program, the events, meals, and public transport we kindly ask ALL participants to fill and return to us the attached attendance form(DOWNLOAD HERE) and to return it to EIPC2015@dainst.de.


Conference program

The conference program is organized in two parallel sessions including a full-day excursion to the city center of Berlin. The program (DOWNLOAD HERE) in its present state is provisional. Every speaker is granted a length of time of 20 minutes plus 5 minutes of discussion. Chairpersons will be appointed later.

The 9th International Conference on Easter Island and the Pacific – Cultural and Environmental Dynamics (EIPC 2015) - deals with the archaeology, anthropology and related disciplines of the Pacific including pre- and post-contact Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia, and Easter Island in particular.

The below set of topics is based on more than 90 abstracts submitted by the speakers:

  • Land use and the transformation of land- and seascapes
  • Palaeobotanics and the cultural role of plants
  • Diet, death and demography
  • Strategies of communication
  • New results on rongorongo research
  • Collections and archives in Rapa Nui studies
  • Arts and sculpture
  • Moai and ahu: new studies and theories
  • Lithic production, provenance and quarries
  • Documentation of sites and objects: techniques and tasks
  • Rapa Nui site and research management
  • Education and cultural heritage
  • Land and cultural identity
  • Tourism on Rapa Nui
  • Rapa Nui - the view from outside




Participants who have submitted abstracts for POSTERS are requested to follow the below specifications: Maximum 2 poster "pages" per applicant will be accepted. The size is DIN A1 (= 59.4 by 84.1 cms). Please use an easily readable font. In case that printing is planned in Berlin, copy service is nearby the conference venue (5 minutes' walk):

Kopierservice Dahlem
Königin-Luise-Strasse 39
14195 Berlin



A publication is planned to follow the conference in due time.


Conference Fees

Conference fees for ordinary participants will be € 250.-, for students € 180.-. A discount of 20% will be granted to applicants paying their fees before March 31st, 2015 (ordinary participants € 200.- and students 144.-). The conference fees include lunch meals, tea and coffee during conference breaks, a reception, excursion, and public transport during the conference.

Please remit your payments to

Recipient of payment: Bundeskasse Halle
Correspondent bank: Deutsche Bundesbank Filiale Leipzig
Account: IBAN: DE38 8600 000 000 8600 10 40
Reason for payment: ZV 91 89 01 36- EIPC (add here full name of participant) (PLEASE STATE IMPLICITLY!)

In case participation is cancelled registration fees once remitted can be refunded only partially, i.e. a service charge of € 50.- will be withheld.

We regret not to be able to accept credit cards for payment. Please transfer the conference fees through your bank, by online-banking or pay when you show up at the conference venue. Credit cards and EC cards are otherwise accepted everywhere in Germany but they are not as popular for money transfer as in other countries.


Hotel Accommodation

The conference venue is well connected to the public metropolitan and bus systems. Berlin has a wide range of hotels and hostels available. Compared to other European capitals room rates in Berlin are reasonable and the present exchange rate for EURO additionally benefits travellers from outside the European Union.

All participants are requested to individually organize their hotel accommodation.

The Organization Committee has made arrangements for reduced rooms rates and room allotments with two hotels and a guesthouse near the conference venue. Please refer to the attached map and the list of hotels in the Zehlendorf/Dahlem Area (DOWNLOAD HERE). In Zehlendorf-Dahlem are also several hotels and pensions which are less expensive but too small to offer room allotments. Low budget accommodation such as hostels and youth hostels are also available further away.

If you prefer to stay overnight closer to the western city center, there are many, even less expensive accommodations for example along Lietzenburger Straße close to U3 subway station Spichernstraße (see Subway Map). From here it takes about 20 minutes without changing to U3 station Dahlem-Dorf.


Further Information

If necessary please contact for further information the organization committee under eipc2015@dainst.de. We will be glad to assist you.

Organization Committee

Burkhard Vogt – Hans-Rudolf Bork – Andreas Mieth – Thomas Kersten – Annette Kühlem – Johannes Moser – Nikolaus Schlüter