Atlantic Justice in the Pacific World: Property, Rights & Indigeneity


Sydney Sawyer Seminar
The Antipodean Laboratory: Humanity, Sovereignty and Environment in Southern Oceans and Lands, 1700-2009


Generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the University of Sydney

Session Three
Atlantic Justice in the Pacific World: Property, Rights, and Indigeneity

Friday, 17 July 2009, 1–5pm
1-5pm, Sutherland Room, Holme Building, Science Road, The University of Sydney
Afternoon tea will be served

Convenors:          Duncan Ivison and Andrew Fitzmaurice

Presenters:        Sankar Muthu, (University of Chicago)
Jennifer Pitts, (University of Chicago)
Andrew Fitzmaurice, (University of Sydney)

As Europeans turned to the Pacific they brought with them a well-established Atlantic framework for thinking about rights. And, indeed, thinking about the Pacific helped to inspire some of the most prominent Enlightenment philosophers and historians. But by the nineteenth century this whole edifice was falling apart. The understanding of what it was to have a right underwent dramatic changes, which often had devastating consequences for colonized peoples. The aim of this seminar will be to examine the role of the Pacific in the transformation of our understanding of rights.

The session is free, but registration is essential. RSVP to Katherine Anderson katherine dot anderson at usyd dot edu dot au or 02 9036 5347 by July 13.  For further details on the session or for information regarding the Mellon Sawyer Seminar series visit: http://www.arts.usyd.edu.au/school/sophi/news_events/sawyer_seminar_series.shtml

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