Colonialism and its Narratives: rethinking the colonial archive in Australia conference
10-11 December 2018
Australian Centre, Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne
Call for papers
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 welcomes papers on 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'
Bush, desert and coastal narratives
The convict archive
Gold rush 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
Please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words by Friday 6 July, 2018.
Papers should be no more than 20 mins. Suggestions for panel discussions are welcome.