Weedy Historicities and Prosthetic Futures: Shapiro and Dening on the Beach in the Marquesas’

When:11 Oct 2016, 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Venue:Morven Brown 209 (map ref C20)
Who:Professor Warwick Anderson (Sydney)
Warwick Anderson

History Seminar Series

Abstract

Describing the history of contact in the Marquesas, Greg Dening wrote in Islands and Beaches (1980): 'To become civilised, they needed an emptiness in their souls that left room for the future'. What did it mean in the Pacific to evacuate one’s soul and thus be made ready for the future? In this talk I want to explore the patchwork of Pacific historicities, retracing the natural history of Harry L. Shapiro and the cultural history of Dening.

About Warwick Anderson

Warwick Anderson in an ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor in the Department of History and the Center for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine. Additionally, he has an affiliation with the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science at Sydney and is a Professorial Fellow of the School of Population Health at the University of Melbourne.

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