Nicholas Thomas: The Voyages of James Cook

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Portrait of Captain James Cook  from A Collection of Drawings made in the Countries visited by Captain Cook in his First Voyage, 1768-1771

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A keynote lecture by Professor Nicholas Thomas

In this keynote lecture Nicholas Thomas, Director of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, reimagines Cook's journeys to describe what he and his associates, and the societies he encountered, each experienced when their divergent worlds came together.    

Nicholas Thomas, who has been Director of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology since 2006, is an anthropologist and historian. He visited the Pacific Islands first in 1984 to research his PhD thesis on the Marquesas Islands, later worked in Fiji and New Zealand, as well as in many archives and museum collections in Europe, north America, and the Pacific itself. His books include Entangled Objects (1991), Oceanic Art (1995), Discoveries: the Voyages of Captain Cook (2003), and Islanders: the Pacific in the Age of Empire (2010), which was awarded the Wolfson History Prize. He has collaborated with artists including painter John Pule and photographer Mark Adams on projects exploring cross-cultural art histories in the Pacific and curated exhibitions for many museums and art galleries in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He is currently a member of the Conseil d’orientation scientifique of the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris and the International Advisory Board of the Humboldt-Forum in Berlin.

Image: A drawing of Captain Cook from A Collection of Drawings made in the Countries visited by Captain Cook in his First Voyage, 1768-1771

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Name: Nicholas Thomas: The Voyages of James Cook
Where: Knowledge Centre
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