Conference: Indigenous Histories of Encounters in Asia-Pacific


19–20 June 2023
Lee Hall, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge | Online

The organisers are pleased to announce the conference programme for this international conference on Indigenous Histories of Encounters in Asia-Pacific:

You can now register to join us online at the following links:

Day 1 – June 19:

Day 2 – June 20: 

Keynote speakers: Lynette Russell (Monash University)and Michael T. Carson (University of Guam)

The field of global history has embraced a call for new histories that cross borders and emphasise migrations and connections across large scales. Yet, in doing so, the field has at times overemphasised the history of European empires. This conference will explore new decolonial approaches which emphasise the agency of Indigenous and other non-European actors within the bustling, cross-cultural worlds of Asia-Pacific. Taking inspiration from the field of Pacific history, we will explore entanglements across oceanic spaces, shifting the focus from the dominance of European traditions towards analyses of cross-cultural exchanges. 

We seek to broaden the geographical focus to incorporate the worlds of both the Pacific and Maritime Southeast Asia and beyond, including Latin America. This wider scope will allow for an exciting, boundary-shifting dialogue between Pacific, Asian, and Latin American historians working within the fields of Indigenous history and non-European histories of globalisation and cross-cultural exchange.

Proudly supported by the Leverhulme Trust and Past & Present. For more information, please get in touch: