The Oceanic Conference on International Studies is Australasia’s premier International Relations conference and the largest in Oceania, and provides an exceptional forum for cutting-edge research and discussion both from and about the region.
The purpose of OCIS is to bring together the growing community of international studies scholars (including postgraduates) from across the Oceanic region (Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific), in order to showcase the variety of world-class research being conducted in the region and foster scholarly networks and relationships.
The inaugural conference was held in 2004 at the Australian National University, which also hosted the 2020 conference. Other hosts have included the University of Queensland (2008, 2016), the University of Auckland (2010), and the University of Sydney (2012). The University of Melbourne has previously hosted the conference in both 2006 and 2014.
OCIS2023 sees the debut of a new logo for the conference, featuring the ‘Pacific Wave’ motif in place of the ‘C’ in the OCIS acronym. The Pacific Wave motif signifies the unique regional nature of the conference; rendered in Pacific Blue, it symbolises the ocean waters that unite nations throughout Oceania.