In June 2012 scholars from around the world gathered at the South Coast Campus of the Australian National University to address the question, ‘What is an Expedition?’ In asking this we acknowledge that there is an almost infinite literature dealing with exploration and its impact, particularly on the formation of empires. But the expedition itself, a culturally and historically specific way of organising a journey and creating discourse about it, is surprisingly under-examined. Our three-day investigation of the expedition as a cultural form examined voyages and journeys dating from the eighteenth century to the present. Our aim is to chart the historical transit of the expedition, beginning in the heyday of imperial expansion and ending with its unravelling in the era of decolonisation.
On this web site you can read about the speakers and their presentations and find links to other web sites dealing with expeditionary history.