It is the first time that the Australian Studies Journal hosts a special, thematically focussed and guest-edited issue. We are delighted to present highly innovative research lying at the core of transnational and comparative studies between Europe, Australia, and America. The special issue shows intricacies and complexities of a fundamentally global world in the late eighteenth century. The contributions discuss the multiple facets of enlightened agencies, ranging from military and political history, over microhistory (Alltagsgeschichte) to the history of science, race, and culture. The special issue foregrounds the necessity for more transnational research in order to better understand the complex mechanisms of global, national, and regional histories.
From the Editors
Special Issue: Enlightened Powers – American, French, and British Interactions in Botany Bay, 1788-1800
Organized and edited by Therese-Marie Meyer
Revolution, Rum and Marronage: The Pernicious American Spirit at Port Jackson
The Baudin Expedition and the Aborigines of ‘Botany Bay’: Colonial Ethnography in the Era of Bonaparte
The Transported Flowers of Botany Bay: Herbarium, Greenhouse or Botanical Ark? Early Representations of the Australian Flora in the Work of British and French Naturalists, Botanical Artists and Gardeners
Henriette von Holleuffer
Revolutions, Religion and the Castle Hill Rebellion (1804)
Roundtable and Discussion: Americans in the South Pacific
Cassandra Pybus (University of Sydney)
Andrew O’Shaughnessy (University of Virginia)
Jennifer Anderson (State University of New York)
Transcript edited by Therese-Marie Meyer, Danielle Norberg, Henriette von Holleuffer & Oliver Haag
“If Land was a Head: A Critique of ‘Country'”
Indigenous History in Gould’s Book of Fish: Fiction ‘in memoriam’
Antonella Riem: A Gesture of Reconciliation: Partnership Studies in Australian Literature.
Martina Horáková. Inscribing Difference and Resistance: Indigenous Women’s personal Non-Fiction and Life Writing in Australia and North America.
Mandisi Majavu. Uncommodified Blackness: The African Male Experience in Australia and New Zealand.
Regina Ganter. The Contest for Aboriginal Souls: European Missionary Agendas in Australia.
In Memoriam of a Roving Scholar – Geoff Davis (1943-2018)