Monthly Archives: August 2011

Call for Papers: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Research Symposium

Call for Papers, full details PDF

Our inaugural Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Research Symposium will provide a forumnfor presentations on current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research by staff and graduate students of The University of Melbourne across all schools, centres and departments. Such research will include presentations by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholars in any field, as well as work by researchers of all backgrounds who are working on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander topics.

The Symposium will provide a unique opportunity for researchers, including graduate students, to present their research proposals or findings, and to establish networks with other researchers within The University of Melbourne. Leaders of research projects may wish to co-­‐present with their students. Submissions on interdisciplinary research across all faculties and disciplines are encouraged. The inaugural one-­‐day Symposium will highlight research that may bring (or is already bringing) benefits to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Continue reading


ABR Sidney Myer Fund Fellowship

For complete details, download the PDF for the ABR Sidney Myer Fund Fellowship Media Release 2011 here.

THE ABR SIDNEY MYER FUND FELLOWSHIP ~ for a substantial article with an Indigenous focus ~ Australian Book Review seeks applications for the ABR Sidney Myer Fund Fellowship. This Fellowship – the third to be offered by ABR – is proudly supported by the Sidney Myer Fund.

We are seeking a substantial article with an Indigenous focus – either a profile of a major Indigenous literary/cultural figure or a discursive essay with Indigenous literary/cultural themes. The Fellowship is worth $5000. Continue reading

Namatjra presented by Big hART

Namatjra is at the Malthouse Theatre until 28 August. Read more about the Namatjira Project and Big hART by clicking here and here.

Gareth Knapman lecture: “Conciliator or pacificator: the bust of George Augustus Robinson”

1-2pm, Thursday 25 August
Discovery Centre Lecture Theatre at Melbourne Museum, Nicholson Street, Carlton. Entrance is opposite the Royal Exhibition Building.

Free entry. For RSVP and information contact: Dr Heather Gaunt, Indigenous Cultures Department, Phone: 8341 7367, Email:

See below for more information (copied from circular email with lecture details):

Benjamin Law’s busts of Woureddy and Truganini are shrouded in controversy. In May 2010 the previously lost bust of George Augustus Robinson was found in the Collection of the State Library of Victoria. Robinson organised for the creation of all three busts and therefore they represent a collective story of conciliation and representation. As the Protector of Aborigines in Tasmania, during the 1830s, Robinson persuaded the Aboriginal community to surrender into government protection — an approach mythologised as “conciliation” but
resulted in the Aboriginal population being exiled to Flinders Island. Continue reading