Crossroads Research

Wrecked: Navigating Colonialism in the Graveyard of the Pacific, by Coll Thrush

March 29, 2024, 18:00 CET. Online via MS Teams.

Drawn from a forthcoming book, this talk examines the history of colonialism on the northwest coast of North America, a region known as the Graveyard of the Pacific, through the lens of shipwreck. There have been more than two thousand shipwrecks along the Oregon, Washington, and Vancouver Island coasts, and the story of these maritime misfortunes and their afterlives offers a porthole into relationships between Indigenous peoples and newcomers in a place where colonialism has turned out to be a failed project.

Coll THRUSH is professor of history, associate faculty in critical Indigenous studies, and Killam teaching laureate at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He is the author of Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place and Indigenous London: Native Travellers at the Heart of Empire.

To register for the talk, please send us an e-mail.

You May Also Like

Moananuiākea: Pacific Explorations Revisited, by Uluwehi Hopkins

June 21, 2024, XX:XX CET. Online via MS Teams. This presentation conveys evidence that Pacific seafarers traveled to the Americas,facilitating interaction between themselves and the…

Sea nomads or nautical societies? Correcting colonial myths and the illusions of state-centered historiography, by Jennifer Gaynor

April 26, 2024, 14:00 CET. Online via MS Teams. Southeast Asian sea nomads attracted the interest of colonial observers and continue to draw the attention…

‘Insolence and Pride’: Problems with the Representation of the South-East Asian Portuguese Communities in Alexander Hamilton’s ‘A New Account of the East Indies’ (1727), by Stefan Halikowski-Smith

February 23, 2024, 13:00 CET. Online via MS Teams. One of the most influential European printed sources on South-East Asia at the turn of the…