“Marine World of the long 18th Century” Conference

This new blog article reaches you form Germany. On the 21st of December, I arrived back from my over three-month research stay and took a second christmas break (after the one week summer break in Sydney). After spending almost three months in Aotearoa/New Zealand between 16th September and 2nd December, I flew to Melbourne to Australia in order to visit the “Marine World of the Long 18th century” Conference at the FitzRoy Campus of the Catholic University of Melbourne.

Three keynotes from Prof. Dr. Lynette Russell (Monash University), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kevin Dawson (University of California, Merced) as well as of Dr. Miranda Staynton (University of Melbourne) accompanied the various panels throughout the three days. You can read the full conference programm here:

On the following PDF, you can read a compilation of the other panels, presentation titles as well as their submitted abstracts:

Together in a panel with another PhD researcher Shameer T.A. from the University of Hyderabad in India, I also contributed a paper to the Conference in the Panel “Whaling and Fishing in the Global South”. I titled my presenation as “The whaling industry and the Tasman World” and provide you hereby with my abstract:


“When the Englishman James Cook and the Polynesian Tupaia left the Australian continent and the Aborigines in 1770, they, unintentionally, revealed the differential and diametric temporalities of the Tasman Sea (Alison Bashford 2021). While Cook and Tupaia only ‘perceived’ the door (1770), Lit-Gov. King and Tuki/Huru ‘opened’ the door (1793); this paper demonstrates that it was the whaling industry which eventually ‘passed’ through the door, and so enabled the alleged connecting factor of the Tasman World.

Between 1790 and 1840, Port Jackson, Norfolk Island, Hobart, and the Bay of Islands emerged as important stopover places for the transoceanic whaling industry. Rangatira of the Ngāpuhi Iwi actively fostered the interactions with whaling ships by providing supplies and young men’s labour. Many of these whaling ships were either captained or financed by Quakers in the Atlantic world. This industry enabled a new form of mobility, which crucially connected the Tasman World as an interaction space.

This paper builds on Alison Bashford’s thoughts (2021) and argues that it was the transoceanic scale of the whaling industry which contributed to the formation of the Tasman Sea. With its manifold maritime interaction spaces, the whaling industry played a crucial role in shaping the Tasman Sea.”


In my presentation, I adopted on a recent journal article of Prof. Dr. Alison Bashford (University of NSW Sydney).1 and highlight the connecting and disconnecting contributions of the whaling industry to the notions of a “Tasman World”. For this, I used a case study of one whaling family.

  1. Bashford, Alison (2021): World History and the Tasman Sea,
    in: The American Historical Review, vol. 123 (3), pp. 922-948. https://academic.oup.com/ahr/article-abstract/126/3/922/6424130?redirectedFrom=fulltext []

›Australian Seascapes‹ : 27th Sept. – 2nd Oct. 2021

Today, I would like to put the attention on the 17th Biennial Conference of the Gesellschaft für Australienstudien | German Association for Australian Studies, which will take place within the week of 27th September 2021 and 2nd October 2021.

The conference will take place online via Zoom and include  “online lectures (»webinars«) with panel presentations and discussions.” “All conference events”, as the organizer PD Dr. Eva Bischoff concludes, “will take place between 8:00-13:00 CEST/ 16:00-21:00 AEST, giving Australian and German participants the opportunity to attend at their convenience.”

In order to take part, it is necessary to register here at Eventbrite.

The conference is supported by the DFG, hosted by Trier University and organized by PD Dr. Eva Bischoff, Department of International History.

Conference programm can be also found as a .pdf document.



08:00–09:00 CEST / 16:00–17:00 AEST: Webinar
Lynette Russell (Monash University): Planning for the Unknown and Unexpected
Chair: Eva Bischoff (Trier University)

09:00–09:30 CEST / 17:00–17:30 AEST: Tea and Coffee

09:30–10:30 CEST / 17:30–18:30 AEST: Webinar
Paul Giles (University of Sydney): Negative Antipodes: Australian Literature and Planetary Seascapes
Chair: Katrin Althans (University of Duisburg-Essen / German Association for Australian Studies)


08:00–09:00 CEST / 16:00–17:00 AEST: Webinar
Killian Quigley (Australian Catholic University / University of Sydney): „A Fellow-Denizen of the Deep“: Diving in the Colonial Undersea
Chair: Katrin Kleemann (German Maritime Museum – Leibniz Institute for Maritime History / RCC LMU Munich)

09:00–09:30 CEST / 17:00–17:30 AEST: Tea and Coffee

09:30–10:30 CEST / 17:30–18:30 AEST: Webinar
Ian Hoskins (Sydney): A Tentative Embrace: Depictions of the New South Wales Coast in Literature and Art, 1823–1932
Chair: Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp (Bonn University)

10.30–11:00 CEST / 18:30–19:00 AEST: Tea and Coffee

11:00–12:00 CEST / 19:00–20:00 AEST: Webinar
Leah Barclay (University of the Sunshine Coast): Listening to Australian Aquatic Ecosystems: Ecoacoustics in Marine Environments
Chair: Anja Schwarz (Potsdam University)


08:00–09:00 CEST / 16:00–17:00 AEST: Webinar
Ian Conrich (University of Vienna): Seascapes from an Island Continent: Coastal Australia on Film
Chair: Victoria Herche (University of Cologne)

09:00–09:30 CEST / 17:00–17:30 AEST: Tea and Coffee

09:30–10:30 CEST / 17:30–18:30 AEST: Webinar
Rough Seas: From Mabo to Uluru
Geoff Rodoreda (University of Stuttgart) in conversation with Thomas Mayor, author of Finding the Heart of the Nation, and David Saylor, native title lawyer, Saylor Legal, Townsville


07:30–09:00 CEST / 15:30–17:00 AEST: Parallel Panels
1. „So it is captured from the sea“: Documenting the Pearling Industry of Broome
Stefanie Affeldt (University of Heidelberg) / Sarah Yu (Nyamba Buru Yawuru)

2. Between Indian and Pacific Oceans: Reframing Australian Literature
Meg Samuelson (University of Adelaide) / Madeleine Seys (University of Adelaide) / Mandy Treagus (University of Adelaide)

3. Indigenous Seascapes: Representations in Prose and Poetry
Jo Jones (Curtin University): Water Elegy: Mourning and the Mouth of the Swan River (Marragee and Wallyalup)
Geoff Rodoreda (University of Stuttgart): Seascapes of Alexis Wright

09:00–09:30 CEST / 17:00–17:30 AEST: Tea and Coffee

09:30–11:00 CEST / 17:30–19:00 AEST: Parallel Panels
4. Temporalities and Geographies I
Daniel Rothenburg (University of Tübingen): The Bequest of an Ancient Sea: A Modern Australian Story about Environmental Consciousness in Deep Time
Kate Tehan (University of Melbourne): Surfing in the Australian Imaginary

5. Temporalities and Geographies II
Katrin Kleemann (German Maritime Museum – Leibniz Institute for Maritime History / RCC LMU Munich): Understanding the Sea: A History of the Flagstaff Observatory for Geophysics, Magnetism and Nautical Science in Melbourne, 1858–1864
Jean Page (University of Lisbon): „Vast Crystal Globe“ – Awash in the Sublime: James McAuley’s Twentieth Century Sea Voyage (Captain Quiros, 1964)

6. Indigenous Knowledges and Practices
Christina Ringel (Univ. of Cologne / TU Dortmund): Revitalising Linguistics and Cultural Knowledge
Anja Schwarz (Potsdam University): Looking across the Beach with Tupaia


07:30–09:00 CEST / 15:30–17:00 AEST: Parallel Panels
7. Politics, Policies, and Economy I
Alessandro Antonello (Flinders University): Australia’s Expanding Ocean Territories and the Law of the Sea, 1950s-1980s
Ina Voshage (University of Passau): No Worries? No Way! Australia’s Handling of Boat People

8. Coastal Encounters and the Agency of the Sea – three Oceans, three Temporalities, three Encounters
Leigh Penman (Monash University): From the „Flying Dutchman“ to „Sailormen’s Ghosts“: Haunted Narratives of Dutch Encounters with the Southland, 1600–1700
Leonie Stevens (Monash University): „A Great Deal of Smook“: The Watchers and the Watched across the Hazardous Coastline, from Bass to Torres Strait, 1770
Lily Yulianti Farid (Monash University): Creating a Site of Memories through „Nur Al Marege“ Replica Project

9. Politics, Policies, and Economy II
Noah Riseman (Australian Catholic University): Royal Australian Navy Court Martialled for Homosexuality in the 1950s–60s
Matthew Zagor (Australian National University): Liquid Legalities, Liquid Mobilities: Perspectives on Australia’s Water Borders for „Irregular“ Arrivals

09:00–09:30 CEST / 17:00–17:30 AEST: Tea and Coffee

09:30–11:00 CEST / 17:30–19:00 AEST: Parallel Panels
10. Representations and Imaginations I
Leonie John (University of Cologne): „This Beautiful Ocean Was Once a Nightmare to Me“: Hani Abdile’s Ambiguous Relationship with The Sea
Imke Lichterfeld (University of Bonn): Paradise Post-Colonialised? A Perpetual Idealist Gaze at the Australian Seaside
Parin Somani (Independent Scholar): Australian Seascapes: Exploring Identity and Culture through Beaches

11. Representations and Imaginations II
Stephen Alomes (RMIT Melbourne): Confessions of an Australian Littoralist
Heinz Antor (University of Cologne): Growing Up by the Sea in Western Australia: Surfing and Identity-Constitution in Tim Winton’s Breath (2008)
Linda Daley (RMIT Melbourne): Horizons of Land and Sea in Alexis Wright’s Literature

12. Politics, Policies, and Economy III
Jatinder Mann (National Cheng Kung University): Transnational Identities of the Global South Asian Diaspora in Australia, Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand, and South Africa, 1900s–1940s
Chris Wallace (University of Canberra): Unmoored from History: Chris Watson and the Political Storm that Swept the World’s First Social Democratic Prime Minister from View

11:00–11:30 CEST / 19:00–19:30 AEST: Tea and Coffee

11:30–13:00 CEST / 19:30–21:00 AEST: Parallel Panels
13. Representations and Imaginations III
Donna Lee Brien (Australian Catholic University / Central Queensland University): Representations of Violent Death in Australian Writing about Bondi Beach
Stephen Enciso (Charles Darwin University): The Beach as a Site of Racialized Violence: Whiteness and the Australian National Imagination

14. Human and Non-human Actors
Ellen Arnold (University of Stavanger): The Phillip Island Penguin Parade in Global Context: Penguins, Tourism, and Conservation
Brooke Grasberger (Brown University): Tasmanian Shore Whaling and Maritime Seasons
Haureh Hussein (University of Trier): Global Entanglements between Māori and Quaker Whaling Families (1790–1840)


08:00–09:00 CEST / 16:00–17:00 AEST: Keynote Webinar
Suvendrini Perera (Curtin University): Remaking the Borderscape: Australian Insularity two Decades after the Tampa
Chair: Carsten Wergin (University of Heidelberg / German Association for Australian Studies)

09:30–10:30 CEST / 17:30–18:30 AEST: Keynote Webinar
Helen Gilbert (Royal Holloway, University of London): Turning Tides: Indigeneity, Belonging and Oceanic Dramaturgies in Australian Theatre
Chair: Leonie Stevens (Monash University)

11:00–12:00 CEST / 19:00–20:00 AEST: Concluding Roundtable Discussion: Australian Seascapes: Past, Present, and Future
Salhia Ben-Messahel (University of Toulon / European Association for Studies of Australia)
Beate Neumeier (University of Cologne / German Association for Australian Studies)
Noah Riseman (Australian Catholic University, International Australian Studies Association)
Chair: Eva Bischoff (Trier University)

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