How important was Indigenous labour to the fortunes of settler colonialism in the Australian colonies? Are settler colonies in fact premised on a desire for land and the elimination of Indigenous people as much settler colonial theory suggests? These questions have recurred in many areas of Ann Curthoys’ work, and in relation to a range of historical debates, historiographical approaches, comparative perspectives and research collaboration. In this seminar Ann will reflect on the continuing importance of these questions, as they centre on issues such as the relationship between dispossession and exploitation. Professor Angela Woollacott and Dr Ben Silverstein will then lead discussion, drawing on their own work and reflecting on Ann’s contribution to the vital intersections of labour and settler colonial history.
Date & time
Wed 23 May 2018, 4.15–5.30pm
2.02, Sir Roland Wilson Building
Professor Ann Curthoys, Department of History, University of Sydney