Cairns and Cambridge: an Australian anthropologist's view of the Cambridge Expedition's centenary

Fuary, Maureen (2004) Cairns and Cambridge: an Australian anthropologist's view of the Cambridge Expedition's centenary. In: Davis, Richard, (ed.) Woven Histories, Dancing Lives: Torres Strait islander identity, culture, and history. Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, ACT, Australia, pp. 124-139.

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[Extract] The Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to the Torres Strait in 1898 was in many ways a watershed for anthropology, for psychology, for Cambridge and for Torres Strait. Its centennial commemoration between 1998 and 2000 was also a watershed, highlighting continuities and ruptures in anthropology from the late 19thto the dawn of the 21st century. In this paper, I focus on just three events in which the centenary was publicly marked. These are: the art exhibition, 'Ilan Pasin'; and two Cambridge University events: the 'Torres Strait Exhibition' and an academic conference, 'Anthropology & Psychology: The Legacy of the Torres Strait Expedition'. Speaking from my position as an Australian anthropologist living and working in Far North Queensland, where the Torres Strait is never far away; I highlight a certain tension between Cairns and Torres Strait, and Cambridge and Torres Strait, so beautifully articulated in distinctive ways in each of these commemorative events. I suggest this tension is productive and that it provides us with a window into understanding what the expedition has come to signify for a number of interested parties.

Item ID: 5213
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-85575-432-7
Keywords: Torres Strait; research models; anthropology
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Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2009 23:13
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 100%
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