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Museum Anthropology And Imperial Networks As Cultural Status: The Colonial Ethnology Museum In Nineteenth Century Melbourne, Gareth Knapman May 2011

Museum Anthropology And Imperial Networks As Cultural Status: The Colonial Ethnology Museum In Nineteenth Century Melbourne, Gareth Knapman

Gareth Knapman

No abstract provided.


Mapping An Ancestral Past: Discovering The Charles Richards’ Maps Of Aboriginal South-Eastern Australia, Gareth Knapman Dec 2010

Mapping An Ancestral Past: Discovering The Charles Richards’ Maps Of Aboriginal South-Eastern Australia, Gareth Knapman

Gareth Knapman

Drawn in 1892, the Charles Richards’ maps locate 208 Aboriginal linguistic groups in south-eastern Australia. In 2009 the maps were rediscovered in the departmental archives of Museum Victoria. The maps are an important new nineteenth-century source for understanding the boundaries of language groups at that time. Richards interviewed Aboriginal people and recorded their languages and customs. As an ethnologist, Richards seems not to have been involved in many of the correspondence networks that were central to nineteenth-century ethnology and he was therefore little known in his own time and subsequently. Some of his word-list/dictionaries were published in 1902 in ...


Race, Empire And Liberalism: Interpreting John Crawfurd’S History Of The Indian Archipelago, Gareth Knapman Dec 2007

Race, Empire And Liberalism: Interpreting John Crawfurd’S History Of The Indian Archipelago, Gareth Knapman

Gareth Knapman

No abstract provided.


Orang-Utans, Tribes, And Nations: Degeneracy, Primordialism, And The Chain Of Being, Gareth Knapman Dec 2007

Orang-Utans, Tribes, And Nations: Degeneracy, Primordialism, And The Chain Of Being, Gareth Knapman

Gareth Knapman

This article explores how early anthropological writing (1830s and 1840s) on the nation faced the question: How natural was the nation? In exploring development of the nation from the tribe, colonial ethnological writers in Southeast Asia also explored the limits of primordialism. Debates on the humanity of the orang-utan represented the search for these limits. The theme of degeneracy underpinned these connections. Degeneracy was a complex belief that connected the civilized nation to the savage tribe. Two methodologies underpinned this discourse: scientific rationality and imagination. Many contemporary studies focus on how scientific rationality created distance between the colonized and the ...


Liberal Dreams: Materialism And Evolutionary Civil Society In The Projection Of The Nation In Southeast Asia, Gareth Knapman Dec 2005

Liberal Dreams: Materialism And Evolutionary Civil Society In The Projection Of The Nation In Southeast Asia, Gareth Knapman

Gareth Knapman

No abstract provided.