Symposium: Counter Networks of Empire: Reading Unexpected Peoples in Unexpected Places
On the 6 November, 2015, an exciting group of historians got together to discuss the existence, nature and significance of subaltern, subversive and hidden networks. Stay tuned for the book!
'Counter Networks of Empire: Reading Unexpected Peoples in Unexpected Places' was convened by Tracey Banivanua Mar and Nadia Rhook. The keynote speaker was Professor Alan Lester who started the day, and panel speakers included (in order), Penny Edmonds, Liz Conor, Nadia Rhook, Sophie Loy-Wilson, Damon Salesa, Tracey Banivanua Mar, Keith Camacho and Tony Birch.
 
In the last decade, scholars have illuminated the ways Empires, particularly of the nineteenth century were founded on and maintained by networks of people, goods, and ideas. This symposium stretches, perhaps challenges, the ‘imperial networks’ framework. Participants are invited to shine a spotlight on networks that ran counter to the well-documented imperial ones established by settlers, planters, missionaries and government officials that spread across, within and around the Pacific world. These might include networks, for instance, between Indigenous peoples and people of colour, who may have been suppressed, ignored, or reviled by those who penned nineteenth century archives. Speakers will explore transoceanic, transborder or transcolonial alliances, lateral connections, solidarities, and resistance movements, variously formed out of sight, in the peripheral vision, or at times, in full-frontal view of imperial and colonial powers. How have counter networks formed, mobilized, and mattered in the imperial past and the ‘post’colonial present? What were the connections made by people in transit, and can we read into this any kind of lasting, fleeting or contingent impacts?
 
If you interested in seeing more, download the program and bios here .