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Research Seminar with UBC Prof. Jessica Wang, "Animals, Governance, and American Globalism"

Start Date and Time:

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 12:00PM

End Date and Time:

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 2:00PM


Prof. Jessica Wang (U.S. History At The University Of British Columbia)

“Animals, Governance, and American Globalism: Biological Management and Territorial Rule in Early Twentieth-Century Hawai’i.”

Abstract: In the early decades of U.S. rule in the Territory of Hawaii, the territorial government’s Board of Commissioners of Agriculture and Forestry devoted close attention to species introductions and invasive species. Biological control of insect pests through the deliberate introduction of insect parasites, debates over bird admissions whether for insect control or beautification, and efforts to deal with problematic livestock populations, particularly goats and their threat to create denuded landscapes, all signaled the importance of animals as objects of colonial governance that had powerful implications for the territory’s economic viability, as well as the ecosystem itself. The worldwide flows of species, as well as the inter-imperial relationships of scientific experts who sought to contain them, were central to the trans-Pacific and other trans-oceanic networks that linked the American empire to a global imperial order during the early decades of the twentieth century.

For access to the pre-circulated paper, please contact: Mark Solovey.

For more information about Prof. Jessica Wang.


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Mark Solovey

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