Image from Ernest Protheroe, "Every Boy's Book of Railways and Steamships" (London, 1911).
Interview with Dr Frances Steel
‘The Miracle of Ice from Heat’: Mechanical Cold in Pacific History

Dr Frances Steel (University of Otago) talked to us about her new research project, which examines how the industrial innovation of chilling or freezing perishable produce transformed relationships between climates, foods, and peoples n the modern Pacific.

Interview with Dr Ricardo Roque
‘Scientific Occupation’ and the Timor Anthropological Mission in the Late Portuguese Colonial Empire

Dr Ricardo Roque (University of Lisbon) talked to us about the histories of the anthropometric and racialized projects undertaken by Portuguese imperial expeditions in East Timor, including their enduring legacies today.

Interview with Dr Mary X. Mitchell
Nuclear Weapons and the Unsettling of Sovereignty in the Marshall Islands, 1944-1963

Dr Mary X Mitchell (University of Toronto) talked to us about the sociolegal history of US nuclear blasting in the Marshall Islands, focusing on how Islanders and others used legal claims to challenge US blasting and reshaped US power in the process.

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The Pacific Circle was established in 1985 to support and promote research and exchanges in the history of science, medicine, and other practices of knowledge in the Asia-Pacific region, broadly construed. We take knowledge to encompass a cross-cultural diversity of beliefs about the workings of the universe and the command of a myriad of techniques applied to investigations and manipulations of worldly phenomena.

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