Global Encounters schedule of events for the remainder of 2021

Many of us currently find ourselves locked down in our homes, towns or geographical regions as COVID-19 challenges the very fabric of how we live, work, and interact. The Global Encounters Project has been running a very successful series of monthly online seminars throughout 2021 which have linked our community of researchers across Australia and around the world. These will continue for the rest of the year, culminating in a major Symposium in December. All of our events are free and held via Zoom, but do require registration.

On Thursday 26 August at 6pm Naarm/Melbourne time, we will be joined from Makassar by Dr Horst Liebner who will discuss ‘From Makassar to Marege: Trepang Fishery Encounters, Past and Present’. Dr Liebner is an independent scholar associated with Indonesia’s Coordination Ministry for Maritime Affairs, studying the maritime traditions and history of Insular Southeast Asia. He is currently involved in documenting and preserving Sulawesi’s boatbuilding traditions, in 2017 inscribed in UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, and maintains the website www.pinisi.org for this purpose. In 2019/20 he organised the building of two replica of 19th-century Makassan trading vessels for exhibitions and expeditions. You can register for this Zoom meeting here.

Our featured speaker for September will be Associate Professor Wendy van Duivenvoorde from Flinders University, who will join us on Thursday 17 September at 6pm to present ‘Van Delft Before Cook: The Earliest Record of Substantial Culture Contact Between Indigenous Australians and the VOC'. Dr van Duivenvoorde is an expert in late sixteenth and early seventeenth-century Dutch shipbuilding and her studies primarily focus on ships of exploration and Indiamen, and include the archaeological remains of Western Australia's Dutch East Indiamen shipwrecks. Registration is available here.

On Thursday 14 October, we will hear from Dr Drew Pettifer, from the School of Art at RMIT University. Dr Pettifer is an artist, academic, curator, and lawyer, with research interests in photographic theory, queer theory, gender, power, desire, the archive and contemporary social politics. He will join us to discuss his recent exhibition ‘A Sorrowful Act: The Wreck of the Zeewijk’, which was staged at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery Perth, in 2020. Registration is available here.

For our final Global Encounters Network seminar of 2021, we are thrilled to be joined by Professor Greg Lehman from University of Tasmania on Thursday 11 November at 6pm. Professor Lehman is art historian, curator, essayist, poet and now Pro Vice-Chancellor, Aboriginal Leadership at the University of Tasmania. A leading voice on the island’s Indigenous culture, he is descended from the Trawulwuy people of north east Tasmania, and will speak to us on ‘A Palawa encounter with a French Chaloupe.’ Registration is available here.

The Global Encounters project will be finishing the year by hosting our first Symposium from Monday 6 – Wednesday 8 December. This major event is free, and starting times will be staggered to accommodate our international participants and audience. Confirmed speakers include Keith Camacho (UCLA International Institute), Himanshu Prabha Ray (Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies), Priscilla Wehi (Te Pūnaha Matatini Centre of Research Excellence in Complex Systems/Otago), Hilmar Farid (Director General for Culture, Ministry of Education and Culture, Indonesia), Sarah Ward (Dalian Maritime University), Tiffany Shellam (Deakin University) and Charne Lavery (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg). We are finalising the Symposium website and it will be open for registration by early September 2021.

We also have recordings available for our previous seminars. On our Resources page, you will find links to the presentations by Shino Konishi, Ian McNiven, Alison Bashford, Susan Broomhall and Alistair Paterson.

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