A Be Inspired talk by Dr Peter Martin on the abduction of Kallihirua, unpacking this significant moment of indigenous/non-indigenous encounter.
This lecture examines the circumstances surrounding the abduction of Kallihirua, a member of the Inughuit community of Northern Greenland who was visited by the crew of the Assistance during the 1850–51 Franklin Search Expedition.
Unpacking this significant moment of indigenous/non-indigenous encounter, the presentation will explore the ways in which this ‘indigenous intermediary’ co-produced various types of geographical knowledge during his time on board the Assistance and contributed new insights to lasting scholarly debates relating to the Arctic regions.
Dr Peter Martin is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) and Bye-Fellow in Geography at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge. His research is focussed on historical geographies of Arctic exploration and is influenced by a range of literatures including critical exploration studies, histories of science, postcolonial studies and intellectual history. Peter joined the ERC funded Arctic Cultures project based at SPRI in 2019 following the completion of his PhD research which was conducted as part of a collaborative doctoral award between the University of Oxford and the RGS-IBG. Read more about Peter's work in Geographical magazine.
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