Articles by: Melinda Hinkson

Author Biography:

Melinda Hinkson is an anthropologist based at Deakin University. She is director of the Institute of Postcolonial Studies, and an Arena Publications editor. Melinda has published widely on Aboriginal visual production and the politics of representation, the history of Australian anthropology, the punitive transformation of Indigenous governance since the 2007 Northern Territory Intervention, and processes of displacement and practices of place-making.

Three Shots

The death of Kumanjayi Walker—the Northern Territory as police state

Informit: Three shots

The death of Kumanjayi Walker - the Northern Territory as police state 'Three shots were fired.' The acting deputy police commissioner of the Northern Territory thrust three fingers into the air as he addressed the crowd of grieving and angry residents who gathered on the Yuendumu basketball courts two days after Kumanjayi Walker had been shot and killed by police.

Informit: The trouble with hyper-mobility [Book Review]

Review(s) of: This land is our land: An immigrant's Manifesto, by Suketu Mehta, (Jonathan Cape, 2019).

Editorial – issue 51/52: In Humanity’s Wake

This special issue of Arena Journal addresses the accelerating structural displacement of human participation in contemporary society.

Informit: In humanity’s wake

Informit: Dislocation, dreams and storytelling [Book Review]

Review(s) of: Position doubtful: Mapping landscapes and memories, by Kim Mahood (Scribe, 2016), Tracker, by Alexis Wright (Giramondo, 2017).

Informit: Outrage

Aftermath, by Melinda Hinkson

In the aftermath of the Intervention there has been a profound shift in the terms of national attention to Indigenous affairs.

Informit: Aftermath

Informit: Mediations are us: Navigating the information superhighway

When I first sat down to draft this essay, the latest copy of The New York Review of Books carried an essay by Sue Halpern on 'the Internet of Things'.

Informit: Red professor [Book Review]

Review(s) of: Red professor: The cold war life of Fred Rose, by Peter Monteath and Valerie Munt, (Wakefield Press, 2015).

Informit: Tarring the tanami

Bitumen is one of industrial capitalism's great foundational inventions. A well-rolled-out piece of road carries so many transformative effects - on the comfort of the ride, on the rate of accidents, on the longevity of vehicles and, perhaps most crucially for capitalism, on the precious time taken to get from A to B. Rolling out bitumen continues to be the cornerstone of so many nation-making projects, in blind disregard of the environ mental havoc wrought…