“Captain Cook after 250 years: Re-exploring The Voyages of James Cook” – 7-8 February 2020

Posted on January 20, 2020

An International Conference on Captain James Cook’s voyages (1768-1779)

Amphithéâtre Georges Molinié,
Maison de la Recherche de Sorbonne Université,
28 rue Serpente,
75006 Paris (M° Odéon)

Organised by HDEA and VALE, under the aegis of the SELVA and the Hakluyt Society, with the support of LARCA, CTEL, and the IUF

Organising committee and advisory board: Jim Bennett (Hakluyt Society), Pierre Lurbe (Sorbonne Université), Ladan Niayesh (Université de Paris), Emmanuelle Peraldo (Université Côte d’Azur, SELVA), Anne-Florence Quaireau (Sorbonne Université), Will Slauter (Université de Paris, IUF)

Contact and registration (free of charge, before January 27):

Programme (download):

Friday 7 February 2020:

8.45-9.00: Welcome addresses

9.00-10.35: Session 1: “Visions of Paradise”
Chair: Pierre Lurbe (Sorbonne Université)
9.00-9.25: Anja Winters (University of Vienna), “Paradise Lost – An essay on Terra Australis Incognita and Captain James Cook”
9.25-9.50: Vanessa Alayrac-Fielding (Université de Lille), “From William Hodges’s View of Matavai Bay (1776) to Simon Gende’s Captn
Cook in Australia (2018): the aesthetic of Pacific exploration and encounter in the 18th century and beyond”
9.50-10.15: Ben Pollitt (University College London), “Weaponized Aesthetics – Fireworks and the Burkean Sublime in Cook’s Last Voyage”
10.15-10.35: Discussion

10.35.-11.00: coffee break

11.00-12.35: Session 2: “Explorers and Conquerors”
Chair: Jim Bennett (Hakluyt Society)
11.00-11.25: Anna Agnarsdóttir (University of Iceland), “James Cook
and Joseph Banks: From exploration to imperialism”
11.25-11.50: Pierre-François Peirano (Université de Toulon), “James Cook and the search for the ‘Northwest Passage’: the stakes and the
scope of the third voyage”
11.50-12.15: Dane A. Morrison (Salem State University), “Performing Cook: American Explorers’ Appropriation of James Cook’s Voyages”
12.15-12.35: Discussion

12.35-2.00: lunch break

2.00-3.35: Session 3: “Transmissions and Translations”
Chair: Anne-Florence Quaireau (Sorbonne Université)
2.00-2.25: Odile Gannier (Université Côte d’Azur), “Cook’s Journals as
2.25-2.50: Erik Stout (University of Montreal), “The voyages of Cook and Bougainville, through the eyes of their fellow travelers”
2.50-3.15: Antoine Eche (Mount Royal University, Calgary), “Démeunier’s Translation of A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean”
3.15-3.35: Discussion

3.35-4.00: coffee break

4.00-5.00: 1st plenary
Chair: Emmanuelle Peraldo (Université Côte d’Azur)
4.00-4.45: Jean-Stéphane Massiani (Aix-Marseille Université), “What Cook saw and What Hawkesworth wrote. Alterations and Authorship in the publication of Cook’s Endeavour journal”
4.45-5.00: Question time

Saturday 8 February 2020:

9-10.35: Session 4: “James Cook Revisited”
Chair: Will Slauter (Université de Paris)
9.00-9.25: Sandhya Patel (Université Clermont Auvergne), “The Afterlives of James Cook”
9.25-9.50: Ben Ferguson (Université de Versailles Saint Quentin),
“Kaleidoscopic Cook: shifting legacies explored in Barry Lopez’ Horizon”
9.50-10.15: John Mullen (Université de Rouen), “Content Concerning Indigenous Peoples in Authorized Heritage Discourses about Captain
Cook’s Voyages”
10.15-10.35: Discussion

10.35-11.00: coffee break

11.00-12.00: 2nd plenary
Chair: Ladan Niayesh (Université de Paris)
11.00-11.45: John McAleer (University of Southampton), “Exhibiting exploration: James Cook, voyages of exploration, and the culture of display”
11.45-12.00: question time

12.00-12.30: Concluding remarks and wrap-up