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Legal History Seminar: Outlasting: communities who have survived extinction


This is one of a series of Legal History Seminars hosted by the Faculty of Law.

Start Date

May 16, 2019 1:00 pm

End Date

May 16, 2019 2:00 pm


Faculty of Law Staff Room (Level 3, Room 3.10)

RSVP / Contact

Please RSVP for catering purposes by 5pm Monday, 13 May to

Dr Rebe Taylor

Senior Research Fellow - College of Arts, Law and Education

Bio: Rebe Taylor joined the University of Tasmania as a Senior Research Fellow in the College of Arts, Law and Education in April 2017. She was previously the Coral Thomas Fellow at the State Library of New South Wales and has held fellowships and scholarships at the University of Melbourne, Kings College London and the University of Oxford. Rebe Taylor is author of Unearthed: The Aboriginal Tasmanians of Kangaroo Island (Wakefield Press, 2002, 2008) and Into the Heart of Tasmania: A Search for Human Antiquity (MUP 2017)

Abstract: The ‘extinction’ of Indigenous cultures has a long and contested history. It has been defined and rationalised by Europeans since the beginnings of imperial expansion in the 16th century, and it has been resisted and disproved by Indigenous communities for just as long. Rebe Taylor’s book Into the Heart of Tasmania explored the idea of Tasmanian Aboriginal 'extinction' and the reality of their survival. In this work-in-progress presentation, Taylor outlines the next ambitious step in her research: a comparative international history of communities who have survived extinction.

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