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Annual conference 2020

Mapping Pacific Places – online

Due to Covid restrictions now in place, ANZMapS 2020 has been remodeled as an online event, to be streamed by the National Library of Australia, on Thursday September 10.

Bookings now open. This is a free online event open to all.

When Magellan entered the Pacific in 1520 he could not have imagined the magnitude of the Pacific Ocean, which he believed could be crossed in a few weeks. This expedition began centuries of speculation and exploration and an explosion of cartographic publications.

Pacific Ocean engraved on steel by Gray & Son
Glasgow : Published by Blackie, Fullarton & Co., Edinburgh, 1826.

At this one day online seminar we will explore ideas of the Pacific from “Magellanica” to the present, and reassess the role of maps in understanding – and misunderstanding – its knowledge, peoples and cultures. 

With sincere thanks to the National Library of Australia, and The Hakluyt Society (London) for their support for this special event.

Further information and detailed program with schedule now available

SESSION 1  – A World Divided

  • Granville Allen Mawer / East by South West: Navigating with Magellan
  • Ian Burnet / A World Divided
  • Robert J King/ Finding the Antipodeans
  • Margaret Sankey/ The French ‘discovery’ of the Pacific: New Worlds in the South

SESSION 2 – Pacific Places

  • Bronwen Douglas/ Place, Race, Genome: ‘Polynesia’ in Deep Historical Perspective
  • Paul Geraghty/ Maps and the European understanding of Fiji toponomy 1643-1840
  • Jan Tent/ Naming Places: Dutch Voyagers and Toponyms in the Fifth Part of the World, 1616–1722

SESSION 3 – Pacific Connections

  • National Library of Australia / Digital Pasifik
  • Katerina Teaiwa / Mapping Banaba – Ocean Island
  • Talei Mangioni / Mapping Creative Revolution of the Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific
The Hakluyt Society was founded in 1846 to promote the study of historical exploration, global travel and cultural encounter and exchange. Its main activity is the publication of scholarly editions of primary accounts of historical voyages and travels, which are distributed to members.