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Friday Seminar | Heart, Power, Treaty, Truth: Affective, political performances in (post) Reconciliation Australia


Friday Seminar presented by Associate Professor Penny Edmonds, History and Classics

Start Date

28 Jul 2017 1:00 pm

End Date

28 Jul 2017 2:00 pm


Room 333, Physics Building, Sandy Bay Campus

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This presentation explores the way state based reconciliation performances, however fraught, have sought transition to a new moral order and may be understood as critical rites of passage in settler societies. Award-winning University of Tasmania researcher Associate Professor Penny Edmonds considers Indigenous-led refutations or reworkings of the politics of reconciliation in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. She shows how these Indigenous-led performances are risky and often experimental border-crossings that offer us glimpses of new postcolonial futures.

Penny Edmonds is ARC Future Fellow and Associate Professor, History and Classics, School of Humanities, University of Tasmania. Penny's research and teaching interests include colonial/postcolonial histories, humanitarianism and human rights, Australian and Pacific-region transnational histories, performance, and museums. She is the co-editor of Australian Historical Studies journal. Her latest book Settler Colonialism and (Re)conciliation: Frontier Violence, Affective Performances, and Imaginative Refoundings (Palgrave, 2016) was recently shortlisted for the Ernest Scott Prize (2017).

This free seminar is presented by the Institute for the Study of Social Change and the School of Social Sciences. All welcome.


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