10-11 December 2018
Australian Centre, Faculty of Arts,
The University of Melbourne

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 topics including environment, species and the natural sciences.

Abstracts of no more than 200 words are due by Friday 6 July, 2018.

For more information see the conference website here: https://arts.unimelb.edu.au/e/colonialism-and-its-narratives

Image: Black Thursday, February 6th, 1851. William Strutt 1864. State Library of Victoria