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Göttingen Visit
25- 27 July 2011

Arawa visitors in Cambridge

June 2011

Cook collections: research breakthrough at the British Museum

Cook First Voyage collections: research visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum

Ngai Tamanuhiri in Cambridge

September 2010

Sainsbury Research Unit collaboration

Funding excellence

August 2010

Pacific Arts Association Xth International Symposium

DiSCO Workshop

July 2010

Research seminar: Digital Subjects, Cultural Objects

June 2010

Introductory talk for TATAU: Symmetry, Harmony and Beauty

MAA hosts Semisi Fetokai Potauaine

EXHIBITION – Tatau: Samoan Tattooing / Global Culture

January 2010

Visit to Uawa


Vancouver Workshop, 11-13 April 2013
Amiria Salmond

Workshop delegates at the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 13 April 2013.

Members of Toi Hauiti performing on stage during the workshop.
Photo: Carlos Fausto

Dr Wayne Ngata, Chair of Toi Hauiti, speaking at the workshop.
Photo: Carlos Fausto


Members of the Artefacts of Encounter team met in Vancouver in April for a workshop co-convened by Neil Safier and Amiria Salmond. The meeting was sponsored by the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies and hosted by one of our two project partners, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. It brought together historians, curators, archaeologists, geographers and social anthropologists to discuss objects and collections in relation to questions of ontological difference, along with many other themes. The workshop program can be downloaded here.

Toi Hauiti, our other main Project Partner, had a strong presence at the event, which emphasized the importance of early voyage collections to contemporary indigenous peoples. We were all warmly welcomed by representatives of the Musqueam people, on whose ancestral lands the Museum (and much of the UBC campus) is located.

The workshop was designed to allow scholars of South American expeditions to compare notes with those whose primary research interests lie in the Pacific. It was exciting to be able to discuss the implications of some of our findings with a distinguished group of international experts including Nélia Dias (ISCTE-IUL Lisbon), Benoît de l’Estoile (Director of Research, CNRS, Paris), Carlos Fausto (Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro), Professor Dame Anne Salmond (University of Auckland), and Juan Pimentel (Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, Madrid).

We are especially grateful to Neil Safier for his hospitality and for the enthusiasm, commitment and skill he brought to the organization of this stimulating event.