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‘Postcolonial Dilemmas of Indigenous Australia’

July 11, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Join in conversation with Gary Foley, Djon Mundine, Jon Altman, Phillip Batty, Melinda Hinkson and Libby Porter

At the Institute for Postcolonial Studies and Arena Publications special session at the IPCS’s ‘Reorienting the Postcolonial’ conference

Monday July 11th, 2 pm

Venue: IPCS, 78-80 Curzon Street, North Melbourne VIC 3051

Cost: $20 (Students $15)

2:00 pm Gary Foley (Victoria University), Djon Mundine (Independent curator), Phillip Batty (Melbourne Museum) and Melinda Hinkson (Deakin University) will discuss Self-determination and beyond.

3:15 pm Afternoon tea

3:30 pm Jon Altman (Deakin University) and Libby Porter (RMIT) will discuss  ‘Aboriginal rights to land, social justice, and postcolonial possibility’.

(Stay for Fregmonto Stokes’ channelling of alter ego, mining magnate Twiggy Palmcock, a personal friend of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott at 4.15.)

Come along on the day or book by email (postcol@netspace.net.au).Pay on the day or by direct deposit: BSB: 083-355 Account: 66-810-2402

.The first panel will focus on the questions: What was self-determination? How do Indigenous and non-indigenous participants in the implementation of self-determination policies recall the hopes, challenges and disappointments of this period? What are the implications of the recent turn to mainstreaming of government programs? How do differently located Aboriginal people experience and interpret this shift and how should wider Australia understand the present moment in the recent history of postcolonial politics?

The second panel will look at land and native title rights in so-called remote and non-remote Australia. It will ask, if the settler colonial logic as argued by the late Patrick Wolfe is the elimination of native societies and expropriation of the land and its wealth, why has so much land in the past four decades been vested under Indigenous title? Has the logic of elimination become illogical by opening up postcolonial possibility? Is the settler state willing to tolerate Indigenous ways of life on the frontier if they articulate productively with new industries like carbon farming and biodiversity conservation and if citizenship entitlements can be delivered cheaply?


July 11, 2016
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Alison Caddick
0418 304 500


Institute of Postcolonial Studies
78-80 Curzon St
North Melbourne, 3051 Australia
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