CFP: Encounters and Exchanges: Exploring the History of Science, Technology and Mātauranga (Indigenous Knowledge)

CFP: Encounters and Exchanges: Exploring the History of Science, Technology and Mātauranga (Indigenous Knowledge)

Commemorations (2019x)

The University of Otago and the Tōtaranui 250 Trust announce a conference to take place in Blenheim, New Zealand from 1-3 December 2019 that will explore the global history of science, technology, medicine, and mātauranga (indigenous knowledge). The conference will be part of a sequence of national events in New Zealand titled Tuia – Encounters 250 Commemoration. These mark the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s first Pacific voyage and the first onshore meetings between Europeans and the indigenous people of New Zealand, the Māori.

Mapping Australia and the Pacific

Mapping Australia and the Pacific

Commemorations (2019x)

The latest video from the National Library of Australia takes a look inside The Cook And The Pacific exhibition which brings together objects from Australia and around the world to explore what Captain James Cook’s voyages meant for the Pacific region through the eyes of the British voyagers and the Indigenous peoples they met. It also highlights the advances in mapping which occurred during this period, with his 3 Pacific voyages between 1768 and 1780 leading to large parts of the world being accurately charted for the first time.

Edmund Halley and Cook’s Voyage to the South Pacific

Edmund Halley and Cook’s Voyage to the South Pacific

Commemorations (2019x)

This year marks the 250th anniversary of the first visit to New Zealand by Captain James Cook. Unfortunately history has not covered Cook’s skills as an astronomer particularly well so the importance of his observations of the transit of Venus in 1769 have often been overlooked. Cook and the crew of the Endeavour contributed to the measuring of one of the most important constants in astronomy, one that gave 18th century astronomers an understanding of the scale of the known universe.

Tuia – Encounters 250 Commemoration Events

Tuia – Encounters 250 Commemoration Events

Commemorations (2019x)

Commemorations marking the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s 1769 voyage to New Zealand start will start in March and are being expressed through music, storytelling, kapa haka, arts, and other cultural activities on the Coromandel. The national Tuia – 250 Encounters celebrates and recognises the connections made by the maori communities from Ngati Hei and Ngati Whanaunga to Captain Cook and his crew’s arrival.