Joseph Banks: Science, Culture and Exploration, 1743-1820

September 14-16, 2017, The Royal Society and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, (London, UK)

With Keynote Speakers Professor David Igler (University of California, Irvine) and Professor Kapil Raj (Centre Alexandre-Koyré, Paris), and other speakers from a range of disciplines, the conference reflects new research on the global contexts of Banks’s interests, influence and legacies.

Here is the Conference Programme.

The Network steering committee is grateful to the AHRC, the Royal Society and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for their generous support of this conference.

Booking for the Conference is now open. To book, follow this link to the Royal Society’s website where full information can be found:

BackgroundThis conference is the culmination of an 18-month AHRC-funded Network project exploring the intersections of Enlightenment science, culture, commerce and empire through the figure of Joseph Banks, his correspondents, circles and networks. The ‘Joseph Banks Science, Culture and the Remaking of the Indo-Pacific World’ Network is a collaborative partnership between the National Maritime Museum, University College London, the Royal Society, Natural History Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. For further information on the Network project, see our webpage:

For queries on the conference or Joseph Banks Network project, please contact the Network coordinator Sally Archer

Call for papers

This is to inform you that we are extending the deadline for Bursary applications for the Joseph Banks Conference (14-16 Sept, at the Royal Society  – full details below) to Monday 31 July, as we have only had a few applications so far. Please circulate this note to anyone you think may be interested.

Bursary Application information:

With the generous support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, we are able to encourage the participation of postgraduates and early career researchers (including those in museums, galleries  and archives as well as universities) working in cognate areas by inviting applications for bursaries from both the UK and overseas.

The bursaries will support part or all of travel and accommodation expenses for attendance at the conference: up to a maximum of £250 for UK applicants and up to £500 for overseas applicants. Successful applicants for a bursary will be expected to attend the conference and write a 500-word blog posting on the proceedings. Payment will be made in arrears.

Please send a CV, a paragraph on why you would like to attend and how much money you would like to apply for (with details of what that would cover).

Email to: Sally Archer on by  Monday 31 July

Deadline: July 31, 2017

Posted: June 30, 2017