Associate Professor Heather Burke, Dr Alice Gorman, Dr Ian Moffat, Dr Mick Morrison, Dr Martin Polkinghorne, Associate Professor Amy Roberts, Professor Claire Smith
Dr Martin Polkinghorne
Colonialism, capitalism, cosmopolitanism, agency, world-systems theory
Colonialism, capitalism and cosmopolitanism played crucial roles in shaping the complex societies of the modern world. As pre-modern economies began to fracture from the 15th century, new ideas of wealth, labour, status and race transformed the physical and social environments of many groups involved in colonial, capitalist and cosmopolitan encounters. Expansion and contraction of contact and international trade changed landscapes, production systems, and relationships between central and peripheral communities. Indigenous and non-Indigenous identities were retained or remade and, in turn, material culture shaped the social terrains within which people negotiated new environments and lived their daily lives. Correspondingly, the processes of these engagements—and the memories of them—have influenced the formation of modern identities today.