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Presenter: Felix Driver

John Linton Palmer, Bounty Bay in Pitcairn's Island, looking up to the 'market', 1851 (or 53), Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London

Presenter: Felix Driver

Presenter: Ricardo Roque

Anon. (1985), An anthropology class at the Faculty of Natural Philosophy, Coimbra University, c. 1895-1896, in Cem Anos de Antropologia em Coimbra (Coimbra: Museu e Laboratório Antropológico)

Presenter: Ricardo Roque

Presenter: Chris Ballard

Nikolai Miklouho-Maclay (1879), Slit drums at Mele, Efate (Vanuatu), Russian Geographical Society, Saint Petersburg

Presenter: Chris Ballard

Presenter: Nick Cheesman

A page from the Supreme Court files, Myanmar, National Library of Australia

Presenter: Nick Cheesman

Presenter: Nicola Dickson

Jacques-Louis Copia after [Jean] Piron (1800), Sauvages du Cap de Diemen préparant leur repas [Savages of Cape Diemen preparing their meal]

Presenter: Nicola Dickson

Presenter: Bronwen Douglas

Anon. (1759), Curious map of some late discoveries in the Terra Australis comprehending New Guinea & New Britain, National Library of Australia

Presenter: Bronwen Douglas

Presenter: James L. Flexner

Mapping the historical landscape, Kwaraka, south Tanna (2013)

Presenter: James L. Flexner

Presenters: Elena Govor & Bronwen Douglas

Adam Johann von Krusenstern (1824), North coast, New Guinea, corrected c. 1835, Estonian Historical Archives, Tartu

Presenters: Elena Govor & Bronwen Douglas

Presenter: Helen Gardner

George Taplin and James Ngunaitponi (1872), Kinship data for Ngarrindjeri completed on Lorimer Fison's 1871 printed schedule, St Marks Library, Charles Sturt University, Canberra

Presenter: Helen Gardner

Presenter: Jude Philp

Artist Dairi Arua with fish collected by Andrew Goldie in Central Province, PNG (c. 1876), Macleay Museum, University of Sydney.

Presenter: Jude Philp

Presenter: Antje Lübcke

J.W. Lindt (1885), W.G. Lawes at work in New Guinea, State Library of Victoria

Presenter: Antje Lübcke

Presenter: Martin Thomas

Howell Walker (1948), Charles Mountford distributing trade goods at the Aboriginal community of Yirrkala, Northern Territory

Presenter: Martin Thomas
Conference Fees
Early Bird registration fees (extended to 6 Feb. 2015 due to problems with registration)
Waged$180
Student & Unwaged$90
Waged, Single Day$80
Student & Unwaged, Single Day $40
 
Conference Dinner$80

'Material Encounters'

Conference Room
National Library of Australia
4-6 February 2015

The focus of this conference is the materiality of knowledge produced during personal encounters with people and places. Such knowledge is registered in charts, maps, journals, letters, reports, sketchbooks, photographs, film, plaster busts, artefacts, other objects (including bodily remains), and their legends, cartouches, labels, marginalia, captions, annotations, scripts, etc. The primary scope is Oceania (Australia, New Guinea, Aotearoa-New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, and Island Southeast Asia).

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.

An exhibition of relevant items from the National Library's collections will be mounted in conjunction with the conference.

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.

View conference program (pdf, 20KB)

View conference abstracts (pdf, 57KB)

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.

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