About the conference
This conference aims to bring together new approaches to colonial Australia across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Colonialism puts a range of practices and discourses into play: violent encounters, dispossession, trauma, 'development', 'civilisation', governance, trade, and so on. It produces endless narratives about what it is, what it does and the lives it radically changes. It is both immensely destructive and energetically productive: recording its various practices and discourses through a rapidly growing range of media and visual technologies.
The narratives of colonialism worked to reinvent Australia in colonialism's image, leaving us with legacies and frameworks that continue to shape who we are and how we identify to the world around us. Sometimes we try to 'forget' colonialism, but it constantly claims us and returns to us; we continue to live in its aftermath.
This conference will address some of the following topics:
- Militant colonialism and frontier violence
- Indigenous dispossession and resistance
- Colonial racism, its histories and legacies
- Colonialism and the anthropological turn
- Language and the exchange of knowledge
- Money, capitalism and trade
- Settler and Indigenous governance
- Colonial modernity and the 'global south'
- Metropolitan identities
- Bush, desert and coastal narratives
- The convict archive
- Gold rush narratives
- Colonial transnationalisms
- Immigrant narratives
- Print culture and colonial literature: prose fiction, poetry, theatre
- Gender and sexuality
- Colonialism and the law
- Institutions and their networks
- Collectors, archivists and the colonial GLAM sector
- Colonialism and the visual arts
- Environment, species and the natural sciences
- Colonialism and everyday life
- The colonies and the nation: north, south, east and west
- Colonialism today
Banner image: Black Thursday, February 6th, 1851. William Strutt 1864. State Library of Victoria.
Confirmed keynote speakers
Tim Bonyhady, Australian National University
Professor Tim Bonyhady is one of Australia's foremost environmental lawyers and cultural historians, a Professor of Law at the ANU where he is also Director of the Centre for Law, Arts & the Humanities (CLAH). His many books include The Colonial Earth (Miegunyah Press 2000), which examined the origins of environment concerns and colonial art practice in Australia. Tim was co-curator of the National Gallery of Australia's recent exhibition, The National Picture: The Art of Tasmania's Black War, which connects colonial Tasmanian art to themes of representation, the rule of law, rights and injustice. His book on this material, with Greg Lehman, was published by the National Gallery of Australia in June 2018.
Penny Edmonds, University of Tasmania
Penny Edmonds is Associate Professor and a recent ARC Future Fellow (2012-2017) in the School of Humanities at the University of Tasmania. Penny's research interests include colonial/ postcolonial histories, humanitarianism and human rights, Australian and Pacific-region transnational histories, performance, and museums and visual culture. She is a recent co-editor of Australian Historical Studies (2015-2018). Her books include Urbanising Frontiers: Indigenous Peoples and Settlers in 19th-Century Pacific Rim Cities (UBC Press 2010) and Settler Colonialism and (Re)conciliation: Frontier Violence, Affective Performances, and Imaginative Refoundings (Palgrave 2016), which was shortlisted for the Ernest Scott Prize in 2017. Penny presented the 2017 Trevor Reese Memorial Lecture in Australian History, at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King College, London, titled 'Heart, Power, Treaty, Truth: Affective, Political Performances in (post) Reconciliation Australia'.
Bruce Pascoe, Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative
Bruce Pascoe is a Bunurong, Yuin and Tasmanian man born in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond. He is a member of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative of southern Victoria and has worked on the retrieval and teaching of Wathaurong language. With Lyn Harwood, Bruce edited and published Australian Short Stories for sixteen years. His many novels include Night Animals (1986), Shark (1999), Earth (2001) and Ocean (2002). His book Fog a Dox won the Young Adult category of the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Awards. His non-fiction publications include Convincing Ground: Learning to Fall in Love with Your Country (AIATSIS 2000) and Dark Emu: Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident (Magabala Books 2014), which won the NSW Premier's Literary Awards Book of the Year in 2016. This book was also the inspiration for the Bangarra Dance Theatre's recent production Dark Emu, directed by Stephen Page.
Lynette Russell, Monash University
Professor Lynette Russell is Director of the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre (MISC) at Monash University, Melbourne. She has published widely in the areas of Indigenous and contact history, post-colonialism and representations of race, ethnographic knowledge and archaeology. Her many books include Roving Mariners: Aboriginal Whaler and Sealers, in the Southern Oceans (SUNY Press 2012) and, with Kate Auty, Hunt Them, Hang Them: 'The Tasmanians' in Port Phillip, 1841-42 (Justice Press 2016). Lynette was a contributor to the NGV's Colony: Australia 1770-1861/Frontier Wars(2018), where she was also one of the exhibition's opening speakers. She is the current President of the Australian Historical Association.
Registration for Colonialism and its Narratives: rethinking the colonial archive in Australia is open. Please complete the secure online registration form.
Full conference registration
Full conference registration includes ttendance at the conference on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 December 2018 including keynotes. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea on both days.
One day registration
One day registration includes attendance at all conference sessions and activities on the day selected. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea on the day selected.
The conference dinner will be held on Tuesday, 11 December at 6pm, at Naughtons Parkville Hotel. Dinner is an additional cost of $80 a head for conference attendees. Please note numbers are strictly limited.
Registration prices are listed below. Concession rates apply to students and those with Australian Government concession cards. For any question about conference registration please email email@example.com.
- Concession (daily rate): $60
- Concession (2 days): $100
- Full (daily rate): $120
- Full (2 days): $200