Matt Matsuda Pacific History conversation (27 November 2012)

The Department of Pacific and Asian History is sponsoring a largely informal “conversation” with Professor Matt Matsuda of Rutgers University on the morning of Tuesday 27 November (venue tba), prior to his participation in the RSAP Annual Symposium.

Prof Matsuda is a distinguished historian of Modern Europe, the French empire and Asia-Pacific and Pacific Island global and comparative histories. His principal publications include Pacific Worlds: A History of Seas, Peoples, and Cultures (Cambridge University Press, 2012); Empire of Love: Histories of France and the Pacific (Oxford University Press, 2005), and The Memory of the Modern (Oxford University Press, 1996).

Prof Matsuda has proposed a small selection of readings, including two chapters from Pacific Worlds, around which we might then build a conversation about Pacific history in the context of Asia-Pacific and World histories. If you are interested in attending this conversation (which will probably last for 2 hours before lunch together) please contact Dr Chris Ballard ( to register and receive the readings.

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