George French Angas, North-West of Stuart’s Creek. From John McDouall Stuart, Explorations in Australia, 1865.

Call for Papers

Expeditions have shaped the world as we know it. So not surprisingly, there is an almost infinite literature dealing with exploration and its effect over time. But the expedition itself, a culturally and historically specific way of organising a journey and creating discourse about it, is surprisingly under-examined.

A workshop-style conference, to last two or three days in mid 2012, will put together a quorum of researchers who can offer in-depth case studies of explorations and other expeditionary journeys, and thereby address the question of ‘what is an expedition?’ This small conference will be a stepping-stone to a volume of essays, to be offered to an academic publisher.

Preliminary expressions of interest (maximum 800 words) should be lodged with the conference convenor by 31 August 2011.

Conference details

Conference date: Latter part of June 2012
Venue: Kioloa Coastal Campus of the Australian National University (located between the New South Wales towns of Ulladulla and Batemans Bay).
Conference convenor: Martin Thomas, ARC Future Fellow, School of History, Australian National University.

Further information about the conference