Science and Islands in the Indo-Pacific World

September 15-16, 2016, Cambridge, UK

Keynote speaker: Sujit Sivasundaram (Cambridge)

Within World History, the Indo-Pacific has played an important role in the production and development of scientific and cultural knowledge. Focusing on islands in the Indo-Pacific in particular, this two-day conference will explore their spatial and temporal role within the history of scientific knowledge production. Across these two disparate oceanic regions, islands acted as spaces of transit – which linked origin and destination for travellers, explorers and merchants – and also served as a home for indigenous communities. Bringing together historians from the early modern to the modern period, this conference seeks to explore knowledge production across geopolitical, social and cultural contexts. Please, find the provisional programme here.

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Posted: July 31, 2016