A "Central and Controlling Incident": Celebrating ‘The Malay Archipelago’ and the Intellectual Legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace

A video of the talks given at the conference at the Linnean society of London on November 7th 2019 has been posted on YouTube and is well worth watching: https://youtu.be/772mHQ4TeY8

Here is a brief description of the meeting taken from the Linnean's website (the video of the talks is also featured at the bottom of that page):

2019 is the 150th anniversary of Alfred Russel Wallace's landmark travel memoir The Malay Archipelago, chronicling his eight years of exploration in southeast Asia — the watershed experience that he later famously called "the central and controlling incident of my life". Marking this anniversary is An Alfred Russel Wallace Companion (Chicago), offering new insights into Wallace's life and thought. Wallace may be most famous as co-discoverer of the principle of natural selection and founder of the field of evolutionary biogeography — two great achievements connected with his epic journey — but the depth and breadth of his later contributions are equally impressive.

You can download the Wallace Programme here.

This day meeting celebrates the legacy of Wallace's "central and controlling incident" through the lens of the Wallace Companion, with talks by the book's contributors and other scholars, exploring Wallace's interests scientific and social and what they mean for us today.

Speakers include: Dr Andrew Berry FLSDr David CollardProf James T. Costa FLSMs Eleanor DrinkwaterProf Martin FichmanProf Dr Matthias Glaubrecht, Dr Richard Milner FLS, and Prof Robert Smith, with a keynote address by National Geographic photographer Clay Bolt co-sponsored by the Charles Darwin Trust.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith