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Interdisciplinary Indigenous History: New Directions

Date and time

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 13:00 - 17:00

 Lecture Theatre 2, Hedley Bull Building, ANU

Interdisciplinary Indigenous History: New Directions

With its concern to reveal and understand the previously unacknowledged historical experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Indigenous Australian history was from the outset an interdisciplinary field of research, with its roots in ethnohistory, anthropology, linguistics, and archaeology as well as history.

This seminar, organised by the Australian Centre for Indigenous History, will build on those origins by presenting new interdisciplinary histories by both established and emerging scholars, drawing on literary studies, art history, visual culture, archaeology, and museology.


1-2.45pm: Session One

Reading the Nation: A critical study of Aboriginal/settler representations in the contemporary literary landscape

Jeanine Leane, Post-doctoral Fellow, Australian Centre for Indigenous History, School of History, ANU 

Reconstructing Colonial Visual Cultures: Photography and Indigenous Australians

Jane Lydon, ARC Future Fellow, Monash University

An Infamous Absence: Tasmanian Aborigines in the European Eye

Greg Lehman, Indigenous Visiting Research Fellow, AIATSIS and PhD Candidate, Tasmanian School of Art


2.45-3.15pm: Break - afternoon tea


3.15-4.15pm: Session 2

Documenting Presence: Archaeological and other records of Aboriginal people in 19th century Sydney

Paul Irish, PhD Candidate, Australian Centre for Indigenous History, School of History, ANU

Dancing with the past: relevance, renewal and 19th century Torres Strait dance masks

Leah Lui-Chivizhe, Lecturer, Koori Centre & PhD Candidate, University of Sydney


4.15pm-5pm: Session 3

Discussant and question time

Maria Nugent, ARC Future Fellow, Australian Centre for Indigenous History, School of History, ANU


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