Emeritus Professor John Gascoigne

Emeritus Professor
BA Sydney, MA Princeton, PhD Cambridge, Litt.D Cambridge
School of Humanities & Languages

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Off-Campus
Fields: History of Philosophy and History of Ideas, Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History), British History, Pacific History (excl. New Zealand and Maori)
Tags: Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology

John Gascoigne was educated at Sydney (BA hons 1), Princeton (MA) and Cambridge Universities (PhD and Litt.D) and is a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He has taught in Papua New Guinea and has been at UNSW since 1980. His publications have dealt with the impact of the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment especially in relation to eighteenth-century Pacific exploration. His most recent monographs are Captain Cook. Voyager between Worlds (Continuum, 2007), winner of the Frank Broeze biennial prize of the Australian Maritime History Association and Encountering the Pacific in the Age of the Enlightenment (Cambridge University Press, 2014), winner of the 2014 NSW Premier's History Prize (General Category) and short-listed for the 2015 Prime Minister's Literary Awards (Non-fiction section).

Research

John Gascoigne was educated at Sydney (BA hons 1), Princeton (MA) and Cambridge Universities (PhD and Litt.D) and is a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He has taught in Papua New Guinea and has been at UNSW since 1980. His publications have dealt with the impact of the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment along with eighteenth-century exploration. His most recent monographs are Captain Cook. Voyager between Words (Continuum, 2007), winner of the Frank Broeze biennial prize of the Australian Maritime History Association and Encountering the Pacific in the Age of the Enlightenment (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Publications

    Books

    • Gascoigne J, 2014, Encountering the Pacific in the Age of Enlightenment, Cambridge University Press, http://www.cambridge.org/au/academic/subjects/history/european-history-general-interest/encountering-pacific-age-enlightenment
    • Carey H; Gascoigne J, (eds.), 2011, Church and state in old and new worlds, Original, Brill, Leiden
    • Gascoigne J, 2010, Science, Philosophy and Religion in the Age of the Enlightenment. British and Global Contexts, Revised, Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey, UK
    • Gascoigne J, 2007, Captain Cook: Voyager Between Worlds, Original, MPG Books Ltd, Cornwall, Great Britain
    • Gascoigne J, 2003, Joseph Banks and the English Enlightenment, Cambridge University Press
    • Gascoigne J, 2002, The Enlightenment and the origins of European Australia, Original, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
    • Gascoigne J, 1999, Science, politics and universities in Europe, 1600-1800, Original, Aldershot, Ashgate
    • Gascoigne J, 1998, Science in the service of the empire: Joseph Banks, the British state and the uses of science in the age of revolution, Original, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
    • Gascoigne J, 1989, Cambridge in the Age of the Enlightenment

    Book Chapters

    • Gascoigne J, 2015, 'Background to the Endeavour voyage’', in Chambers N (ed.), Endeavouring Banks Exploring Collections from the Endeavour Voyage 1768-1771, Paul Halberton, London, pp. 21 - 26
    • Gascoigne J, 2015, 'Cross-cultural knowledge exchange in the age of the Enlightenment.', in Konishi S; Nugent M; Shellam T (ed.), Indigenous intermediaries : new perspectives on exploration archives, ANU EPress, Canberra, pp. 131 - 146
    • Gascoigne J, 2015, 'Navigating the Pacific from Bougainville to Dumont d'Urville: French approaches to determining longitude, 1766-1840', in Dunn R; Higgitt R (ed.), Navigational Enterprises in Europe and its Empires, 1730-1850, Palgrave, Houndmills, Basingstoke, pp. 180 - 197
    • Gascoigne J, 2015, 'James Cook, Navigator and Explorer: the Pacific Experience, 1768-1776', in Barnett J; Nicandri D (ed.), Arctic Ambitions : Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage, University of Washington Press, Seattle, pp. 3 - 19, http://www.washington.edu/uwpress/search/books/BARCOO.html
    • Gascoigne J, 2013, 'Religion and empire in the South Seas in the first half of the nineteenth century’', in Aldrich R (ed.), The Routledge History of Western Empires, Routledge, London, pp. 439 - 453
    • Gascoigne J, 2013, 'The globe encompassed; France and Pacific convergences in the age of the Enlightenment', in Discovery and empire. The French in the South Seas, University of Adelaide Press, Adelaide, pp. 17 - 40, http://www.adelaide.edu.au/press
    • Zhang C; Zhang L, 2013, 'Preface', in Key Engineering Materials
    • Gascoigne J, 2013, 'Crossing the Pillars of Hercules: Francis Bacon, the Scientific Revolution and the New World', in Gal O; Chen-Morris R (ed.), Science in the Age of the Baroque, edn. Original, Springer, Drodrecht, pp. 217 - 238, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-4807-1
    • Gascoigne J; Carey HM, 2011, 'Introduction: The rise and fall of Christendom', in Brill's Series in Church History, pp. 1 - 27
    • Gascoigne J; Maroske S, 2011, 'Colonial science and technology', in The Cambridge History of Australia, pp. 438 - 461, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CHO9781107445758.023
    • Gascoigne J, 2011, 'Science and the British Empire from its Beginnings to 1850', in Bennett B; Hodge JM (ed.), Science and Empire. Knowledge and Networks of Science across the British Empire, 1800-1970,, edn. Original, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, pp. 47 - 67
    • Gascoigne J, 2010, 'The religious thought of Francis Bacon', in Numen Book Series, pp. 209 - 228
    • Gascoigne J, 2007, 'The German Enlightenment and the Pacific', in Clemotte-Silvero O; Black J (ed.), The Anthropology of the Enlightenment, edn. 1, Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, pp. 141 - 171
    • Gascoigne J, 2006, 'The Study of Nature', in The Cambridge History of Eighteen Century Philosophy Volume II, edn. 1, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 854 - 872
    • Gascoigne J, 2004, 'Erstes Kapitel: Philosophie an den britischen Universitäten und in den gelehrten Gesellschaften (trans.The teaching of philosophy within the British Universities and learned societies of the Eighteen', in Holzhey H; Mudroch V (ed.), Grundriss der Geschichte der philosophie die philosophie des 18. jahrhunderts band 1 grossbritannien und nordamerika niederlande, edn. 1, Schwabe Verlag, Basel, pp. 5 - 45
    • Gascoigne J, 2004, 'Joseph Banks, mapping and the geographics of natural knowledge', in Ogborn M; Withers CWJ (ed.), Georgian geographies: essays on space, place and landscape in the eighteenth century, edn. First, Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 151 - 173
    • Gascoigne J, 2003, 'Ideas of nature: Natural philosophy', in The Cambridge History of Science: Eighteenth-Century Science, pp. 285 - 304, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CHOL9780521572439.013
    • Gascoigne J, 2003, 'Sensible Newtonians: Nicholas Saunderson and John Colson', in Knox KC; Noakes R (ed.), From Newton to Hawking: A History of Cambridge University`s Lucasian Professors of Mathematics, edn. First, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 171 - 204
    • Gascoigne J, 2002, 'Blumenbach, Banks, and the beginnings of anthropology at Goettingen', in Nicolaas Rupke (ed.), Goettingen and the development of the natural sciences, edn. Original, Wallstein Verlag, Goettingen, pp. 86 - 96
    • Gascoigne J, 1999, 'Empire', in An Oxford companion to the romantic age, British culture 1776-1832, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 51 - 58
    • Gascoigne J, 1999, 'Enlightenment, cosmo-politanism and nationalism', in Britain in Europe: prospects for change, edn. Original, Ashgate, Aldershot, England, pp. 28 - 34
    • Gascoigne J, 1997, 'Articles on `Oxford` and `Cambridge`', in Britain in the Hanoverian Age: 1714-1837, edn. Original, Garland Publishing, NY
    • Gascoigne J, 1996, 'The ordering of nature and the ordering of empire: a commentrary in Miller DP', in Visions of Empire: Voyages, Botany and Representations of Nature, edn. Original, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 107 - 113
    • Gascoigne J, 1996, 'Anglican Latitudinarianism, rational dissent and political radicalism in the late Eighteenth Century`', in Enlightenment and the emergence of rational dissent, edn. Original, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 219 - 240
    • Gascoigne J, 1996, 'The scientist as patron and patriotic symbol: the changing reputation of Sir Joseph Banks', in Telling lives in science: studies in scientific biography, edn. Original, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 243 - 265

    Journal articles

    • Gascoigne J, 2015, 'From science to religion: Justifying French Pacific voyaging and expansion in the period of the Restoration and the July Monarchy', Journal of Pacific History, vol. 50, pp. 109 - 127, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00223344.2015.1042566
    • Kessler C; Skinner Q; Maddison S; Malpas N; Gascoigne J; Rao U; Donald J, 2013, 'Q&A session after the public lecture of Quentin Skinner', Ab Imperio, pp. 55 - 60, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/imp.2013.0022
    • Carey HM; Gascoigne J, 2011, 'Preface', Brill's Series in Church History, vol. 51, pp. VII
    • Gascoigne J, 2010, 'The Journal of Religious History 1960-2010: The changing face of religious history over fifty years', Journal of Religious History, vol. 34, pp. 262 - 271, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9809.2010.00896.x
    • Gascoigne J, 2010, 'Pacific exploration as religious critique', Parergon, vol. 27, pp. 143 - 161
    • Gascoigne J, 2010, 'Darwin and the British natural theology tradition', St. Mark's Review, pp. 35 - 42
    • Gascoigne J, 2009, 'The royal society, natural history and the peoples of the new world(s), 1660-1800', British Journal for the History of Science, vol. 42, pp. 539 - 562, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0007087409002210
    • Gascoigne J, 2009, 'Review of G. Blainey, Sea of Dangers: Captain Cook and his rivals (Melbourne, 2008)', Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, vol. 25, pp. 215 - 216
    • Gascoigne J, 2009, 'The Political World of Jane Austen', Sensibilities, vol. 39, pp. 24 - 40
    • Gascoigne J, 2009, 'Roman Catholicism and Modern Science. A History', Journal of Religious History, vol. 33, pp. 258 - 258
    • Gascoigne J, 2009, 'Empire, Barbarism and Civilisation: Captain Cook, William Hodges and the Return to the Pacific', Journal of British Studies, vol. 48, pp. 225 - 227
    • Gascoigne J, 2008, 'Introduction: Religion and empire, an historiographical perspective', Journal of Religious History, vol. 32, pp. 159 - 178, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9809.2008.00712.x
    • Gascoigne J, 2008, 'The new Oxford History of England. The mid-Victorian generation 1846-1886', Journal of Religious History, vol. 32, pp. 129 - 130
    • Gascoigne J, 2008, 'The new Oxford History of England. A mad, bad, & dangerous people? England 1783-1846', Journal of Religious History, vol. 32, pp. 129 - 130
    • Gascoigne J, 2008, 'The scientific correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks, 1765-1820, vol 1-6', Isis, vol. 99, pp. 404 - 406
    • Gascoigne J, 2008, 'Review of Boyd Hilton, `A Mad Bad, and Dangerous People? England 1783-1846 and K. Theodore Hoppen, The Mid-Victorian Generation`', Journal of Religious History, vol. 32, pp. 129 - 130
    • Gascoigne J, 2008, 'Review of Neil Chambers (ed.), The Scientific Correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks, 1765-1820, 6 vols, London', Isis, vol. 99, pp. 404 - 406
    • Gascoigne J, 2008, 'Review of Jonathan I. Israel, Enlightenment Contested: Philosophy, Modernity, and the Emancipation of Man 1670-1752', Enlightenment and Dissent, vol. 24
    • Gascoigne J, 2008, 'Review of Stephen Eric Bronner, Reclaiming the Enlightenment. Toward a Politics of Radical Engagement', Enlightenment and Dissent, vol. 24
    • Gascoigne J, 2007, '"Getting a fix": The longitude phenomenon', ISIS, vol. 98, pp. 769 - 778, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/529268
    • Gascoigne J, 2007, 'When science and Christianity meet', Journal of Religious History, vol. 31, pp. 357 - 358
    • Gascoigne J, 2007, 'The Church and Galileo', Journal of Religious History, vol. 31, pp. 207 - 208
    • Gascoigne J, 2007, 'Exploration and science: Social impact and interaction', Minerva: A Review of Science Learning and Policy, vol. 45, pp. 481 - 483
    • Gascoigne J, 2007, 'Botany Bay Cargo: Church, State and the Shaping of European Australia', History Compass, vol. 5, pp. 1 - 8
    • Gascoigne J, 2006, 'The expanding historiography of British imperialism', Historical Journal, vol. 49, pp. 577 - 592, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X06005346
    • Gascoigne J, 2006, 'Catholicism, Australian and a Wider World: The Historiographical Legacy of Patrick O`Farrell and Tony Cahill', Australasian Catholic Record, vol. 83, pp. 131 - 139
    • Gascoigne J, 2006, 'Colonial botany: Science, commerce, and politics in the early modern world', International History Review, vol. 28, pp. 142 - 146
    • Gascoigne J, 2005, 'William Stukeley. Science, religion and archaeology in eighteenth century England', Journal of Religious History, vol. 29, pp. 192 - 193
    • Gascoigne J, 2005, 'Longitude and empire: how Captain Cook`s voyages changed the world', Journal of Pacific History, vol. 40, pp. 359 - 360
    • Gascoigne J, 2004, 'Cook, the sea and culture in the Pacific', The Great Circle, vol. 26, pp. 3 - 18
    • Gascoigne J, 2003, 'Christian missions and the Enlightenment', Journal of Religious History, vol. 27, pp. 244 - 245
    • Gascoigne J, 2002, 'The sciences in enlightened Europe', Annals of Science, vol. 59, pp. 211, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/000337902317373228
    • Gascoigne J, 2002, 'Review of W. Clarke et al (Eds), The sciences in Enlightened Europe', Annals of Science, vol. 59, pp. 211 - 213
    • Gascoigne J, 2000, 'Motives for European exploration of the Pacific in the age of the Enlightenment', Pacific Science, vol. 54, pp. 227 - 237
    • Gascoigne J, 1999, 'The Royal Society and the emergence of science as an instrument of state policy', British Journal for the History of Science, vol. 32, pp. 171 - 184
    • Gascoigne J, 1997, 'The unity of church and state challenged: Responses to Hooker from the restoration to the nineteenth-century age of reform', Journal of Religious History, vol. 21, pp. 60 - 79
    • Gascoigne J, 1997, 'Church and state unified: Hooker's rationale for the English post-reformation order', Journal of Religious History, vol. 21, pp. 23 - 34
    • Gascoigne J, 1996, 'The cultural origins of the Australian Universities', Journal of Australian Studies, pp. 18 - 27
    • Gascoigne J, 1995, 'The Eighteenth-Century Scientific Community: A Prosopographical Study', Social Studies of Science, vol. 25, pp. 575 - 581, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/030631295025003007
    • Gascoigne J, 1988, 'From Bentley to the Victorians: The Rise and Fall of British Newtonian Natural Theology', Science in Context, vol. 2, pp. 219 - 256, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0269889700000582
    • GASCOIGNE J, 1986, 'ANGLICAN LATITUDINARIANISM AND POLITICAL RADICALISM IN THE LATE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY', History, vol. 71, pp. 22 - 38, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-229X.1986.tb02424.x
    • Gascoigne J, 1985, 'The Universities and the Scientific Revolution: The Case of Newton and Restoration Cambridge', History of Science, vol. 23, pp. 391 - 434, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/007327538502300404
    • Gascoigne J, 1984, 'Mathematics and Meritocracy: The Emergence of the Cambridge Mathematical Tripos', Social Studies of Science, vol. 14, pp. 547 - 584, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/030631284014004003
    • Gascoigne J, 1984, 'Politics, Patronage And Newtonianism: The Cambridge Example', The Historical Journal, vol. 27, pp. 1 - 24, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X00017660

Teaching

ARTS2345 School of Humanities and Languagues Honours II
ARTS2346 School of Humanities and Languagues Honours III

 

Honours and prizes

2014  NSW Premier's History Prize (General Category):: Encountering the Pacific in the Age of the Enlightenment (Cambridge University Press, 2014(also short-listed for the 2015 Prime Minister's Literary Awards (Non-fiction section).

2009 Frank Broeze biennial prize of the Australian Maritime History Association: Captain Cook. Voyager between Words (Continuum, 2007) (also Short-listed for NSW Premier’s History Prize (General Category), 2008)

1995 Short-listed for NSW Premier’s Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction: Joseph Banks and the English Enlightenment. Useful Knowledge and Polite Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994)

1990 co-winner, Australian Historical Association’s Hancock Prize for a first book: Cambridge in the Age of the Enlightenment. Science, Religion and Politics from the Restoration to the French Revolution (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989)

 

 

 

 

Professional contribution

 

Member of the Council of the Australian Academy of the Humanities

President, Pacific Circle Historical Commission of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science, Division of History of Science

Panel member, ERA Humanities Research Assessment Panel, 2012, 2015

Affiliations and membership

Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities