Symposium : Enlightened Powers: American, French and British Interactions in Botany Bay, 1789-1800

Symposium : Enlightened Powers: American, French and British Interactions in Botany Bay, 1789-1800
27. September 2014

Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg and the German Society for Australian Studies (GASt)
in cooperation with the Interdisciplinary Centre for European Enlightenment Studies (IZEA) and the Muhlenberg Center for American Studies (MCAS)

Keynote Speaker : Prof. Dr. Cassandra Pybus, Sydney University

American whalers, French expeditions and Napoleonic spies, black convicts from Mauritius and the newly independent US, British veterans of the American Revolutionary War, Caribbean rum, Irish rebellions, and British naval law… The elements that contribute towards a larger picture of Australia’s first white settlement seem in place already and yet have never been considered in a global focus adequate to the international interests at stake in the late 18th century. This symposium brings together scholars from different disciplines to create a first, synchronic picture of the interactions (and their implications) of these multinational experiences, backgrounds, and interests relevant to the foundation of Australia’s convict colony.
Final Discussion Panel on the colonial and recently independent US influence in the South Pacific (open to the public):         
Prof. Dr. Jennifer L. Anderson (Stony Brook University New York)
Prof. Dr. Andrew O’Shaughnessy (Saunders Director of the Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello, VA), and
Prof. Dr. Cassandra Pybus (Sydney University)

We look forward to welcoming you in Halle!
As is regular with conferences of the German Association of Australian Studies, student participants are very welcome. If you wish to present a poster at the conference, please contact us!
Contact: Dr. Therese-M. Meyer
Institute for English and American Studies, MLU Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
Registration at

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