Megan Kuster (UCD), "Returning Citation: The Journal of the Polynesian Society,
Natural Science and Indigenous Agents"
This is the first of a series of RSVP workshops on transimperialism and race. Over the course of the 30-minute workshop, Dr Kuster will talk through questions about Indigenous contributorship raised by some of the features of The Journal of the Polynesian Society in the late nineteenth century. She will also outline some of the ways that she has been drawing on critical Indigenous studies methodologies to explore recontextualisations of the absent presences of Indigenous knowledge brokers. Following Dr Kuster’s presentation, we will have 20-30 mins for discussion and suggestions for further reading.
Dr Megan Kuster is a European Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the SouthHem project, in the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin in Ireland (see https://www.ucd.ie/southhem/ ). Megan’s current project focuses on environment, capital and labour in colonial New Zealand. Her article on William Colenso’s botanical archive and Indigenous labour is forthcoming in the July 2021 issue of Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History. Her presentation for RSVP’s workshop series on race and trans-imperialism is part of a new article she is preparing on Moa bones, Indigenous labour and extinction discourse