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Encounters and Exchanges: Exploring the history of science, technology, medicine, and mātauranga (indigenous knowledge)

Where and when

The University of Otago and the Tōtaranui 250 Trust announce a conference to take place in Blenheim, New Zealand from 1–3 December 2019

Conference a part of Tuia – Encounters 250 Commemoration

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.

Exploring contexts where encounters and exchanges were integral to knowledge making

The conference is especially interested in analysing the implications for the global history of science, technology, medicine, and indigenous knowledge.

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.


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Standard rate NZD$420
Monday 2 December – Day Registration NZD$95
Tuesday 3 December – Day Registration NZD$95

Register for the 2019 Encounters and exchanges conference

Please see below details for our FREE conference events - registration required

Date Time FREE Event Venue
Sunday, 1 December 6:30 to 8:10pm Screening of Tupaia Film ASB Main Auditorium
Sunday, 1 December 8:30 to 9:30pm Tupaia Film – Panel Discussion with filmmaker and actors: Lala Rolls, Michel Tuffery, and Kirk Torrance ASB Main Auditorium
Monday, 2 December 12:30 to 1:30pm Guest Speaker: Peter Moore, "Melodious Wild Musick: Endeavour and Aotearoa." ASB Main Auditorium
Monday, 2 December 7:15 to 8:30pm Panel Discussion: “1769 – Meaning & Consequences”: Damon Salesa, Matariki Williams, and Waihaere Mason ASB Main Auditorium
Tuesday, 3 December 12:30 to 1:30pm Guest Speaker: Ian Wedde "‘The Thing We Hold Up Between Us’: … acknowledging the relationships between fiction, family storytelling, and what tends to get immunised as the ‘historical record’." ASB Main Auditorium

Register here if you wish to attend one or more of these FREE events

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Partners and sponsors

Tōtaranui 250 trust

Tuia – Encounters 250

Centre for Research on Colonial Culture