Colonialism and its Aftermath

Conference | Imperial Curiosity: Objects, Representations, Knowledges

carved pottery fragments made from bone china

Bone China Patrick Hall (2005).

School of Art, Hunter Street 27 - 29 June 2007

Alongside economic, political, and strategic motivations, curiosity spurred the spread of empire. During this interdisciplinary conference scholars and curators explored imperial curiosity with the University of Tasmania's Centre for Colonialism and Its Aftermath.

During the conference various historical, literary, ethnographic and cultural collections were brought together as scholars from diverse disciplines: literary studies, geography, Asian studies, history, indigenous studies, art history, architecture, legal studies, museum studies, gender studies, cultural studies, and anthropology; engaged in conversations of imperialism and curiosity.

Plenary speakers
  • Barbara M. Benedict - the Charles A. Dana Professor of English at Trinity College, Connecticut.
  • Maya Jasanoff - Assistant Professor of British history at the University of Virginia.
  • Cassandra Pybus - Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow in History at the University of Sydney.
  • Pam Sharpe - Professor of History at the University of Tasmania and a member of the CAIA executive.
  • Paul Turnbull - Professor and Head of the School of Arts, Media and Culture at Griffith University.
  • Deirdre Coleman - holds the Robert Wallace Chair of English at the University of Melbourne.
  • Elizabeth Elbourne - Associate Professor in the Department of History at McGill University.