Oceanic Passages
Hobart, Tasmania at the School of Art
23-25 June 2010
In many vessels, and with a plethora of itineraries and motivations, travellers traversed the oceans under the aegis of empire: imperial explorers, indigenous travellers, traders, migrants (forced or otherwise), and a rich polyglot labour force of sailors, among others.
Oceanic Passages seeks to bring together a diverse range of researchers to engage in meaningful interdisciplinary dialogue about the role of travel, mobility, and oceanic geographies in the British Empire and in the Pacific region. We are interested in new approaches to the analyses of imperial voyaging; in the circulation of material culture, artefacts, ideas and people; and in the contemporary postcolonial aftermath of the imperialism of the eighteenth / nineteenth centuries.