MATERIAL CULTURE IN TRANSIT
An International Conference
Prof. Dr. Nicholas Thomas
Prof. Dr. Nicholas Thomas is an anthropologist and historian. He visited the Pacific Islands first in 1984 to research his PhD thesis on the Marquesas Islands, later worked in Fiji and New Zealand, as well as in many archives and museum collections in Europe, North America, and the Pacific itself.
His books include Entangled Objects (1991), Discoveries: the voyages of Captain Cook (2003), and Islanders: the Pacific in the Age of Empire (2010), which was awarded the Wolfson History Prize and The Return of Curiosity: what museums are good for in the twenty-first century (2016). He has curated many exhibitions, often in collaboration with contemporary artists, most recently including Oceania for the Royal Academy of Arts in London and the Musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac in Paris.