dame anne salmond
Award-winning cultural anthropologist at UBC April 8–11, 2013
Ontological Quarrels: Citizenship and Exclusion in a Relational World
Room 122, Allard Hall, Faculty of Law (1822 East Mall, UBC)
11:30am-12:45 pm, Monday, April 8, 2013
In early New Zealand, the relationships between Maori and Europeans were frequently confounded by different assumptions about how the world works, and such clashes are still common. In this presentation, Anne Salmond will explore fundamental divergences and resonances between Maori and modernist ways of being, and consider how over the past two hundred years these have influenced debates over the Treaty of Waitangi, signed between Maori rangatira (chiefs) and the British Crown in 1840, and over tapu (ancestral presence), land, citizenship and mana (ancestral power).
Pushing the Edges at Sea: Captain Cook and Captain Bligh
Coach House, Green College (6201 Cecil Green Park Road, UBC)
5-6:30 pm, Tuesday, April 9, 2013
This presentation examines the Pacific voyages of James Cook and William Bligh, reflecting on the “collapse of command” during Cook’s third and last Pacific expedition, and on board the Bounty, and the links between these two great voyaging stories of tragedy and triumph.
Tears of Rangi: Water, Power, and People in New Zealand
First Nations Longhouse (1985 West Mall, UBC)
5:30-7pm (reception at 5pm), Thursday April 11, 2013
This presentation will reflect upon the power of the Pacific to foster ontological innovation. In order to cross this vast, watery expanse, the ancestors of Polynesians had to innovate blue-water sailing and evolve portable sets of plants and animals, dynamic cosmo-models, and viral kinship systems, allowing them to settle in new and different places. Similarly, the European explorers who headed into Polynesia centuries later had to perfect the art of sailing for long periods over great distances, and technologies (including projectile weapons) that allowed them to survive vigorous challenges from island fighting sailors. In New Zealand, there has been a process of reciprocal exchange between Maori and European (and other) settlers, sometimes peaceful, sometimes not. Taking New Zealand as a case-study, this lecture will consider the ontological transformations that have occurred in these spaces, using fresh water as the central example, and raising the possibility that cosmo-diversity, like bio-diversity, is a force for adaptation and survival. See her talk (read by daughter Amiria Salmond) on our YouTube channel here.
Biography: Anne Salmond is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Maori Studies, and a former Pro Vice-Chancellor, at the University of Auckland. She is one of the preeminent anthropologists of her generation and a leading expert on cross-cultural encounters between the Maori of her native New Zealand and the European explorers who visited the Pacific Islands during the colonial period, including the fraught intercultural dynamics and postcolonial legal disputes that are the legacy of those early encounters. Traversing the boundaries between scientific research and the humanities, she has been elected to both the National Academy of Sciences in the US and the British Academy in the UK, and is a Founding Fellow of the New Zealand Academy of the Humanities. She has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and at Cambridge University, and held visiting fellowships at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, in the UK, and in Australia. Her many notable publications include Two Worlds: First Meetings between Maori and Europeans 1692-1772 (1991), which won the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement and other prizes, Between Worlds: Early Exchanges between Maori and Europeans 1773-1815 (1997), The Trial of Cannibal Dog: Captain Cook in the South Seas (2003), Aphrodite's Island: The European Discovery of Tahiti (2009), and Bligh: William Bligh in the South Seas (2011). She has been recognized for her important work in advocating on behalf of Maori marae (sacred places) and their preservation as historical sites. She was named Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to New Zealand history in 1995, and Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year in 2013.