Sarah Maria Noske, M.A.
Otto-Behaghel-Str. 10, D-35394 Gießen, Haus C Raum 108
Betreuerin: Prof. Dr. Bettina Severin-Barboutie
"Women and their Agency in Cultural Encounters. (Post)-colonial Histories from the Antipodes" (Arbeitstitel)
This Ph.D.-project deals with European women travelling alone to the Antipodes in the 19th century such as higher class women, missionaries, teachers, convicts et cetera. It explores the agency of these women in intercultural contacts with indigenous people. Besides, I analyze the contexts in which these encounters took place and the processes of translation they generated. By studying various cases, the project will cover a set of different spaces and people: Australia with convict settlers, working middle-class women and higher class women; New Zealand as a former outpost of New South Wales with former convicts and working middle-class but also higher class women; New Caledonia as a French convict colony with female convicts and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny. Through the analysis of different places and people I provide different social strata, which allows me to give a broader picture of the intercultural exchange that took place. It also permits to draw indigenous populations out of the silence in the written records and thus write them into history.