pt. 1: Voyaging. Women of the east, women of the west: region and race, gender and sexuality on Cook's voyages / Margaret Jolly ; Convicts, slaves and prison inmates: the voyage to Australia in comparative perspective / Hamish Maxwell-Stewart ; Antipodean experiments: Charles Darwin's South Seas voyages, 1835-36 / Iain McCalman -- pt. 2: Investigating. In transit: European cosmologies in the Pacific / Simon Schaffer ; Strange climes: John MacGillivrary and natural history collecting / Sophie Jensen ; Geopolitics of the Pacific Ocean / Alison Bashford -- pt. 3: Befriending. Defending friends: Robert Codrington, George Sarawia and Edward Wogale / Helen Gardner ; On the trail of Nikolai Miklouho-Maclay: a Russian encounter in the Antipodes / Sheila Fitzpatrick ; Creating the anthropological field in the Pacific / Anita Herle -- pt. 4: Resisting. Facing empire: indigenous histories in comparative perspective / Michael A. McDonnell ; Taking liberty: towards a new political historiography of settler self-government and indigenous activism / Ann Curthoys ; Cultural development and cultural observations in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States / Katerina Martina Teaiwa -- Afterword: opposite footers / Damon Ieremia Salesa.