Now available: Webinar recording of Dr Shino Konishi: French Encounters in New Holland, 1801-1826

Seminar Series 2021

The first Global Encounters Network seminar for the year was held on 18 February 2021. Dr Shino Konishi spoke on French encounters in New Holland 1801-1826, and in conversation with Professor Lynette Russell. Shino is a Yawuru historian based in the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, Australian Catholic University. She has long been interested in histories of encounter between Aboriginal people and European explorers, and in particular the role of Indigenous intermediaries in the history of exploration. She is the author of The Aboriginal Male in the Enlightenment World (2012), and with Maria Nugent and Tiffany Shellam edited Indigenous Intermediaries: New Perspectives on the Exploration Archives (2015) and Brokers and Boundaries: Colonial Exploration in Indigenous Territory (2016).

The recording is now available on Vimeo here.

In future months, we look forward to hosting a range of speakers from diverse disciplines and institutions, many of whom are affiliated to the Global Encounters project through their own area of expertise. The overall theme is exploration of encounters between Australia’s Indigenous peoples and voyagers from the sea over the period of a millennium, and individual topics will range across time, place and perspective – from the long history of Melanesian contact with Australia, to Pacific connections, to the Indonesian Spice Trade and the Dutch East India Company.

Next webinar: 18 March

For our next webinar on 18 March, Professor Ian McNiven will present his current research in 3000 years of interactions between Aboriginal Australians and New Guinea Melanesians. Ian is an anthropological archaeologist in Monash Indigenous Studies Centre, Monash University. His research centres on understanding the long-term development of Torres Strait Islanders and their specialised maritime culture, especially spiritual and ritual relationships with the sea. As Torres Strait is a maritime cross-roads, Ian is also interested in cultural interactions between Torres Strait Islanders and New Guinea peoples over the past 3000 years, Indonesian seafarers over the past 1000 years, and European mariners over the past 500 years. For his webinar, Ian will be joined by Dr Sarah Ward (Visiting Professor of Maritime Archaeology at Dalian Maritime University's Centre for Maritime History and Culture Research) as discussant.

Register here for this event.

Other future seminars include:

Thursday 22 April 2021 – Dr Hilmar Farid (Director General for Culture, Ministry of Education and Culture, Indonesia) – Spice Routes and Global Encounters

Thursday 20 May 2021 – Professor Alison Bashford (Laureate Professor in History and Director of the Laureate Centre for History & Population at University of New South Wales) – World History and the Tasman Sea

Thursday 17 June 2021 – Professor Susan Broomhall (Director of the Gender and Women’s History Research Centre at the Australian Catholic University) – Gender and the Dutch East India Company

The webinars are hosted by Professor Lynette Russell AM, Director of Monash Indigenous Studies Centre and leader of the Global Encounters project. All are held via Zoom at 6pm Melbourne time

For seminar enquiries please contact