Exploration and Memory Conference

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Essential information

Date and time: 
Thursday to Saturday, 13-15 September 2018 | All Day
Price: 
£100 | £75 concessions (RMG members, students and seniors)
Location: 
National Maritime Museum
Season: 
Talks & courses

A three-day conference on the themes of exploration and memory at the National Maritime Museum. 

To mark the opening of its four new galleries in September 2018, the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, will host a conference centred on the role and significance of memory in histories of exploration. Over the last few decades, maritime exploration in its broadest sense has become one of the most exciting fields of study, with researchers from many different disciplinary backgrounds enriching, questioning and reinterpreting the subject for contemporary audiences.

Increasingly, indigenous voices are challenging long-held assumptions and introducing a greater complexity to histories of encounter, exchange and the legacies of exploration, while contemporary artists and writers are re-imagining exploration for new audiences. 

To register your interest: e-mail ldejager@rmg.co.uk or call 020-8312 6716. 

What should I expect?

This three-day conference, from Thursday to Saturday, will consider exploration from the vibrant perspective of memory studies. Presentations will focus on the history, poetics, and material and visual culture of exploration, exploring how these have changed over the years and what their legacies have been, and continue to be. 

Thursday

  • Collections and memory

Unseen Art of Australia’s First Fleet; Naval collecting between Cook and Darwin; Sir Rex Nan Kivell: ‘Collecting the explorers’ and not recalling ones’ past

  • Remembering people

Mapping movement and memories of coastal South America, 1680–1750; Representations of James Cook in Australia during the 1920s and 1930s; Convicts and Cartography in the Australian Colonies

  • Memorialization

Remembering the shipwreck of the Querina, 1431–32; Lost and forgotten: the story of the first Cook memorial; 21st Century challenges to the memorialisation of explorers

Friday

  • Knowledge and Encounter

British perceptions of difference in voyage narratives to the South Seas in the 1740 and 1760s; Encountering a “Savage” Land in the Romantic Era; Indigenous knowledge in New South Wales and London in the early nineteenth century

  • Histories

The Afro-Brazilian architectural heritage in Nigeria and the Republic of Benin; Exploring inter-personal spaces in India-Bangladesh borderlands

  • Making memory

Pacific Encounters: museums and memory making; The Taonga have memories too; Rites of space at ‘the shrine of geography’: the Royal Geographical Society, memory and exploration

  • Film, science and exploration

Arctic expedition and encounter; Fragmented Landscapes: Memory, Photography and the Polar Expedition

Saturday

  • Memory and encounter

Cabeza de Vaca’s Naufragios: exploration, ethnography, and identity negotiation; The Battle of Goringhaiqua and the death of Viceroy D’Almeida: contested histories, popular memory and ancestral voices

  • Travel writing

Between poles of memory in Ed O’Loughlin’s Minds of Winter; The persistence of feeding sardines to camels: accounts from the journeys of the brig ‘Palinurus’ along the Dhofar Coast in the mid-1800s; Time and memory in Antarctic exploration literature for children

See the full programme:

PDF icon Exploration and Memory Programme