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International Congress on the History of Oceanography — Call for Papers

Hello Circle Readers,

The Ninth International Congress on the History of Oceanography will be held April 12th – April 15th 2016 at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia.

Papers are invited over the following groups of subjects:

  • Observational oceanography
  • International co-operations
  • Interdisciplinary approaches
  • Economic aspects of oceanography
  • Institutional heritage
  • Archival resources
  • Mathematical simulation

Please see the Circular here (PDF format) for more details regarding the event.

New Publication: “Charles Darwin’s New Zealand correspondents” by Garry J. Tee

Hello Circle Members,

An article by Garry J. Tee (Department of Mathematics, University of Auckland) on “Charles Darwin’s New Zealand Correspondents” has recently been published in the Journal of the Historical Studies Group, Geosciences Society of New Zealand.  Please see below for the full reference and a link to the article (PDF format):

Garry J. Tee,  “Charles Darwin’s New Zealand correspondents,”  Journal of the Historical Studies Group, Geosciences Society of New Zealand, No.48 (September 2014), 35-60.



Upcoming Conference: Australasian Mining History Association

Hello Circle Readers,

Registrations are now open for the 21st Annual Conference of the Australasian Mining History Association. The conference will be held at the Art Gallery and Museum of the Northern Territory, Darwin, between the 21st – 27th June 2015. Abstracts (250 words) on mining related topics should be submitted to reach the Secretary at: mel.davies@uwa.edu.au by 1st April.

Registration forms available at: https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=14863

Or, view on the Association’s web page at: http://www.mininghistory.asn.au

The Association also has two grants available for young researchers who will be expected to present papers at the conference. For information on the grants contact Prof. Ken McQueen at:

— Thanks to Mel Davies for bringing this to attention.

Upcoming Conference on “Material Encounters”

Hello Circle Readers,

Please see below for an announcement regarding the upcoming conference on “Material Encounters” at the National Library of Australia.  Thanks to Dr. Bronwen Douglas for bringing this to attention.

Material Encounters
Conference Room, National Library of Australia
4-6 February 2015

Web page and registration

The focus of this conference is the materiality of knowledge produced through personal encounters with people and places. Papers will address multiple ways in which such knowledge is materialized historically – in charts and maps; journals, letters, and reports; sketches, paintings, and photographs; artefacts and other objects; human and animal remains; legends, cartouches, captions, labels, marginalia, and notes. The primary span is Oceania (Australia, New Guinea, Aotearoa-New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, and Island Southeast Asia), with comparative materials from other parts of the world.

The conference themes include:

· how knowledge generated on the ground or in the field attaches to and is expressed through material forms of inscription;

· the relationships between these materials and their generation or acquisition in situ, their emotional trappings, their archiving, conservation, distribution, or dispersal;

· how such materials mediate between spatial or interpersonal encounters and later publications or between local, regional, and global perspectives;

· the power of place, spatial orientation (cardinality), and time as material elements in encounters;

· the significance of these issues for creative, critical, transdisciplinary scholarship.

The keynote speakers are: Felix Driver, Professor of Human Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London; and Ricardo Roque, research fellow, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon.

Concurrently with the conference, the National Library of Australia will hold a small ‘white-gloves’ exhibition of relevant items from its collections.

Bronwen Douglas bronwen.douglas@anu.edu.au;
Chris Ballard chris.ballard@anu.edu.au

Graeme Whimp graeme.whimp@anu.edu.au

The conference is funded by the Australian Research Council and the Research School of Asia and the Pacific (ANU), with generous support from the National Library of Australia and the Department of Pacific and Asian History, School of Culture, History and Language, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.