Sydney Sawyer Conference: The Atlantic World in a Pacific Field

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Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 August, 2010


Where the earlier sessions showcased the research of many different scholars – from postdoctoral fellows to senior professors, mostly from the Australasian region – the conference aims to draw together international experts in relevant fields in order to connect our regional network to the rest of the globe.

The conference focuses on the pragmatics of comparison in the appraisal of new places and peoples. How does a strange place or people become comparable with those more familiar? What does it take to relate a new plant or animal to those already well known? How does one standardize observations and mobilize things and people and situations so they have meaning elsewhere? That is, how was the Pacific made into the obligatory site for exploring the issues that mattered in the Atlantic world? In particular, this conference examines the ways in which both oceanic regions were co-produced through a complicated series of intellectual and practical interactions over many centuries. Moreover, it seeks ways in which to make the Pacific visible again in global scholarship.

For more information please contact Katherine Anderson

Ph: 02 9036 5347

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The Sydney Sawyer Seminar is generously supported by the Mellon Foundation
and the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at
the University of Sydney.