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Oceanic Cultures and Connections Research Day

Summary

Writing the sea: historicising the Southern Ocean
Dr Joy McCann, Centre for Environmental History, Australian National University

Start Date

5th Sep 2017 9:00am

End Date

5th Sep 2017 1:30pm

Venue

IMAS Flex Space 20 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point

RSVP / Contact Information

Annalise Rees


World Map
Image: Ortelius World Map, Typvs Orbis Terrarvm, 1570, by Abraham Ortelius (1527‒ 1598). Source: The Library of Congress

Writing the sea: historicising the Southern Ocean

Guest Presenter: Dr Joy McCann, Centre for Environmental History, Australian National University

Joy McCann

Dr Joy McCann is an environmental and public historian with research interests in the role of oceans in settler societies, the interplay of scientific and cultural knowledge, and human relationships with the natural world. Joy completed her PhD at the Australian National University in 2006, focusing on place attachment and environmental change in Australia’s wheatlands. Over the last 20 years she has combined her academic writing with a career as a historian in the public sector. She was a principal conservation officer with the Australian Heritage Commission and Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Heritage, a member of the taskforce that created the Museum of Australian Democracy in Canberra and, most recently, a senior researcher with the Australian Parliament. She has published widely on Australian environmental history, cultural heritage, and parliamentary and political history. Joy is currently based at the ANU Centre for Environmental History, where she is writing an environmental and cultural history of the Southern Ocean to be published by NewSouth Press in 2018.


Dr McCann joined OCC members who gave a variety of short papers and project updates on their ocean-related research.

At the Oceanic Cultures and Connections Research Day
Image: At the Oceanic Cultures and Connections Research Day