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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.

Pacific News from Manoa Newsletter

Hello Circle Readers,

The latest Pacific News from Manoa is available on its official web site and blog.  The newsletter may also be downloaded here (PDF format).

Inside this issue:

  • Pacific Islander Tuition Funding
  • Hawaiʻi Specialist Librarian Kapena Shim
  • Baninnur: A Basket of Food
  • Making Micronesia: A Political Biography of Tosiwo Nakayama
  • Ancestral Places: Understanding Kanaka Geographies
  • The Art of Excavation
  • UHM-ANU Memorandum
  • Student and Alumni Activities
  • Faculty and Staff Activities
  • Publications
  • Conferences and Meetings
  • Editor’s Note

Thanks to Katherine Higgins for bringing this to attention.

Upcoming International Conference on “Quarantine: History, Heritage, Place”

Hello Circle Readers,

Please see below for a conference announcement from Tiarne Barratt on behalf of Professor Alison Bashford and The Quarantine Project team at the University of Sydney:

Quarantine: History, Heritage, Place – An international conference convened by historians, archaeologists and heritage scholars from the University of Sydney, 14-16 August 2014.

The practice of quarantine has always been grounded in contested locations. The history and heritage of quarantine stations and places of isolation the world over remain in these landscapes. In this way, sites of segregation have been both enduring and ephemeral, invoking memory and history. How can the material, documentary, legislative and spatial heritage of quarantine help us untangle narratives of global movement that were interrupted by periods of incarceration?

This conference seeks new interpretations of quarantine and its landscape. It will bring together maritime histories of quarantine with analyses of inland islands of terrestrial quarantine. We hope to prompt surprising and productive conversations between archaeologists, historians, cultural and human geographers, and heritage scholars.

This international conference builds from a large multidisciplinary investigation of more than 1,000 sandstone inscriptions that cover the stunning Quarantine Station in Sydney, Australia. This unique site will form our venue for the conference, inspiring themes that are both local and global: mark-making, isolation, identity, and place.

Early registration closes 30 June: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/research/quarantine/conferences/index.shtml

The conference flyer may be downloaded here (PDF).

The draft program may be downloaded here (PDF).


14th International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia

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The website of the 14th International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia (14th ICHSEA, Paris, 6-10 July 2015) is now online at:


The call for panels for this conference is open from 5 June to 1 September 2014.

The call for individual papers will open on 15 September 2014.

Thanks to Dr. Catherine Jami for bringing this to attention.

A comment on the Pacific Circle Panel at the recent AAPS Conference

Hello Circle Readers,

Please see below for a statement from Dr. John Gascoigne regarding the Pacific Circle Panel at the recent AAPS conference.  Abstracts from this panel may be found in the ‘Past Conferences’ section of this site.

Pacific Circle Panel at the Australian Association for Pacific Studies [AAPS] Conference, University of Sydney, Thurs 24 April 2014

The panel entitled Pacific Circle Workshop: Pacific Knowledges and their Contexts which was organised by the current president (John Gascoigne) and chaired by the previous one (Roy MacLeod) covered a wide chronological and thematic range with papers ranging from the eighteenth to the twentieth first centuries. Abstracts of the five papers given will be placed on the Pacific Circle website but in summary they dealt with issues such as the character of knowledge encounters between European explorers and the peoples of the Pacific (John Gascoigne), the ways in which knowledge about the Pacific has been shaped by the cultures of particular metropolitan language communities (Grant McCall), the impact of tourism on perceptions of the Pacific (Wendy Shaw). More specifically contextual studies were devoted to the role of Sydney as a base for privateers acting against the Spanish (Chris Maxworthy) and the way in which contact with the Pacific complicated racial categorisation in the aftermath of the First World War.

The conference more generally provided a kaleidoscopic overview of the range of disciplines involved in understanding the Pacific with a strong emphasis on recent developments in that region. On the last day it culminated with performances at the Casula Powerhouse centre which demonstrated both the continuing vibrancy of Pacific cultures and the extent of the Pacific presence in Sydney. Thanks to Dr Jude Philp from the Macleay Museum and other members of the organising panel for bringing all this to pass.

Going forward most of the previous executive committee were re-elected for another term along with three new members. The current AAPS committee is:

Katerina Teaiwa (President)
Kalissa Alexeyeff (Vice President)
Anna-Karina Hermkens and Lanieta Tukana (co-secretaries)
Bale Sigabalavu (Treasurer)
Leo Tanoi and Jude Philp (Outreach)
Chris Ballard (Public Officer)
Ian Conrich (member)
Iva Ponton, Elisabeth Betz and George Carter (postgrad reps)
Guy Powles (legal advisor and auditor)


John Gascoigne


Call for Papers

Hello Circle Readers,

Associate Professor Sylvie Largeaud-Ortega from the University of French Polynesia is planning to edit a collection of essays on the topic of the Bounty, to be published in book form.  Please click here for details on the Call for Papers.  The deadline for abstract submission is July 1st 2014.  The deadline for paper submission is November 1st 2014.

Sylvie Largeaud-Ortega, maître de conférences à l’Université de Polynésie Française appelle à contribution d’articles inédits portant sur le Bounty, en vue de la publication d’un ouvrage collectif.  La date limite de dépôt des résumés est le 1er Juillet 2014. La date limite de dépôt des articles sera le 1er November 2014.