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SEMINAR: Archaeology Seminar Series

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Today's date is Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Archaeology Seminar Series : Vessel of Globalization: The Many Worlds of the Edwin Fox, 1853-1905 Other events...
The merchant vessel Edwin Fox was exceptional for being unexceptional. It was old fashioned even before its keel was laid down in Thomas Reeves’s shipyards near Calcutta in 1853. It was neither large nor fast, and had none of the prestige of the great tea and opium clippers that captured the public imagination in the mid-nineteenth century. The Edwin Fox was a small, ugly slowpoke in the heyday of the age of sail and a lonesome survivor in the age of steam, and from a mariner’s perspective it sat at the bottom of the hierarchy of opportunities. Yet the life and career of this undistinguished ship coincide with a pivotal era in globalization: the years between 1860 and 1890 that Jurgen Osterhammel calls the “inner focal point” of the 19th century. And the Edwin Fox participated in many of the developments that made these years so crucial: the rapid expansion and intensification of trade around the globe; the spread of industrialization to many regions; the great thrust of Western imperialism; the unprecedentedly large migrations of people, both free and forced; the large-scale and systematic dispossession of indigenous peoples and their replacement with settler populations; the integration of settler colonies into imperial markets; and environmental change on a massive scale. Beginning with the November 20, 1858 arrival of the vessel at Fremantle, Western Australia carrying 82 passengers and 280 convicts, this talk will combine archival research and Arc GIS mapping to reconstruct the many worlds of the Edwin Fox. Emphasizing stories of integration, interactions, and entanglements, this paper describes the ways in which the unique perspective of this single ship can provide to a more intimate understanding of the human agencies and the human costs involved in the most important period of globalization to occur prior to the one we have been experiencing since the 1990s.

Speaker(s) Boyd Cothran and Adrian Shubert, York University, Toronto
Location Law Lecture Room 1, Room G.31
Contact Ana Paula Motta <[email protected]>
Start Thu, 23 May 2019 16:00
End Thu, 23 May 2019 17:00
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Last Updated Fri, 17 May 2019 10:39
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