The Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, Australian National University, in association with the National Museum of Australia
DISCOVERING COOK'S COLLECTIONS - a one day public symposium
Friday 28 July 2006, Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia, Canberra
TO REGISTER: http://www.anu.edu.au/culture/cook_conference_july/rego_form.php
Convenors: Howard Morphy (Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, ANU), Mike Smith (National Museum of Australia)
The symposium will explore the significance of ethnographic collections made during Captain James Cook's 18th Century voyages in the Pacific. Many of these remarkable objects will be on display at the National Museum of Australia in an exhibition from late June to September this year. These objects from the University of Gottingėn's Cook-Forster collection provide insights into the worlds of both European and Pacific peoples during the second-half of the eighteenth century. The history of the collections themselves since the late 18th Century, their importance to the descendants of their makers as well as to anthropology, art and museology will also be explored.
Speakers: Paul Turnbull, Griffith University, Nigel Erskine, Australian National Maritime Museum, Adrienne Kaeppler, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Washington, Greg Dening, Centre for Cross-Cultural Research ANU, Paul Tapsell, Director Maori, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Doreen Mellor, National Library of Australia, Lissant Bolton, British Museum.
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