The Atlantic World in a Pacific Field

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

An International Conference: The Atlantic World in a Pacific Field

5-7 August, 2010, University of Sydney

How does a strange place or people become comparable with those more familiar? What does it take to relate a new plant or animal to those already well known? How does one standardize observations and mobilize things and people and situations so they have meaning elsewhere? That is, how was the Pacific made into the obligatory site for exploring the issues that mattered in the Atlantic world? In particular, this conference will examine the ways in which both oceanic regions were co-produced through a complicated series of intellectual and practical interactions over many centuries. Moreover, it will seek ways in which to make the Pacific visible again in global scholarship.

Speakers include:

  • Janet Browne, Harvard University
  • Joyce Chaplin, Harvard University
  • Sheila Fitzpatrick, University of Chicago
  • Anita Herle, Cambridge University
  • Joseph Meisel, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Simon Schaffer, Cambridge University

For more information please visit the Sydney Sawyer website or contact katherine.anderson at sydney dot edu dot au 02 9036 5347

The Sydney Sawyer Seminar is generously supported by the Mellon Foundation and the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, Faculty of Arts at the University of Sydney

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