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Encounters & Exchanges Conference 2019, Blenheim

The conference is especially interested in analysing the implications for the global history of science, technology, medicine, and indigenous knowledge.  The conference will be part of a sequence of national events in New Zealand titled Tuia – Encounters 250 Commemoration. These mark the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s first Pacific voyage and the first onshore meetings between Europeans and the indigenous people of New Zealand, the Māori.

The two major themes central to the Tuia – Encounters 250 Commemoration, ‘dual heritage-shared future’ and the importance of voyaging, pose a range of questions about knowledge, how it is generated, how it is communicated and translated, and how it is entangled with power.

The emphasis on the important role of voyaging is consistent with a recent emphasis in the academic field of the history of science on ‘knowledge in transit’ or how science, technology, and indigenous knowledge – involving people, instruments, tools, communications, values, and epistemology – travel from one region to another and are transformed, reworked or contested.

The conference will include keynotes from leading scholars as well as a programme of special public events in the evenings.

Notable participants include:

  • Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University
  • Jane Lydon, Wesfarmers Chair in Australian History at the University of Western Australia
  • Peter Moore, author of Endeavour: The Ship and the Attitude that Changed the World (2018 book of the year by the Sunday Times)
  • New Zealand filmmaker Lala Rolls, who will present her feature-length documentary film Tupaia's Endeavour
  • Damon Salesa, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Pacific at the University of Auckland
  • Matariki Williams, Curator Mātauranga Māori, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Critic and former Poet Laureate of New Zealand, Ian Wedde
Date Sunday, 1 December 2019 - Tuesday, 3 December 2019
Time All Day Event
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Conference
150th Anniversary
LocationASB Theatre and Marlborough Convention Centre, Blenheim
CostPlease refer to the registration page on the conference website.

Contact NameHugh Slotten
Tania Brendel
Contact Phone+64 3 479 4912

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