The Enlivenments and Killings of Transpacific Objects

Maggie Cao

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Maggie Cao is the David G. Frey Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the intersections of art with histories of technology, natural science, and economics in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her first book "The End of Landscape in Nineteenth-Century America" examines the dissolution of landscape painting as a major cultural project in the late nineteenth-century United States. Her current project "New Media in the Age of Sail" examines artistic innovation in the context of international commerce during the long eighteenth century.


My paper proposes that cross-cultural artifacts which circulated in the maritime Pacific can disrupt dominant narratives about Euro-American and indigenous encounters. To make my case, I will focus on one artifact type, the... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Maggie Cao (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Topic Area

Pacific Intersections


S9 » Seminar 9: Pacific Intersections (15:45 - Saturday, 24th March, Boardroom East)

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