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Book launch: Shino Konishi's 'The Aboriginal Male in the Enlightenment World'

Date and time

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 17:00 - 19:00

The Australian Centre for Indigenous History and the ANU School of History invite you to the launch of Shino Konishi's The Aboriginal Male in the Enlightenment World.

To be launched by Professor Iain McCalman, Professorial Research Fellow and ARC Federation Fellow Department of History, University of Sydney.

Wednesday 20 June at 5pm at the ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery.

RSVP to history@anu.edu.au by Monday 18 June.

About the book:
This is the first historical study of indigenous Australian masculinity. Using the reactions of eighteenth-century western explorers to Aboriginal men, Konishi argues that these encounters were not as negative as has been thought. Instead, a wide range of contemporary sources from colonial explorers is used to present a more nuanced view. Ideas about human difference, nature, ‘savagery’, sexuality, language and conflict are analysed and assessed. By examining the response to the Aboriginal body within these contexts, Konishi makes a significant contribution to the study of eighteenth-century European thought.

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