The Australian Centre for Indigenous History, Australian National University and the Centre for Historical Research, National Museum of Australia present
BAZ LUHRMANN’S AUSTRALIA REVIEWED: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE ON HISTORY, FILM AND POPULAR CULTURE
7 & 8 December 2009, National Museum of Australia, Canberra
Keynote Address by Meaghan Morris, Chair Professor of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University (Hong Kong), and Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney
Baz Luhrmann’s film Australia received both praise and sharp criticism from film critics, politicians, and other public commentators. This conference presents an opportunity for scholars to investigate Luhrmann’s re-visioning of Australia’s past. We invite scholars from the disciplines of history, Indigenous studies, Australian studies, literary criticism, cultural studies, gender studies, film studies, tourism studies, and anthropology to explore the myriad ways in which this film engages with Australia’s national history, self-fashioning, and identity.
Themes and topics for 20 minute papers may include, but are not limited to:
• AUSTRALIA’S NATIONAL AND POPULAR IMAGININGS: notions of genealogy and inheritance in national imaginings; reconciliation narratives and shared histories; land, sovereignty and questions of possession; the idea of home and belonging; sexuality and national imaginings; images of race on the northern frontier; selling Australia through Australia.
• AUSTRALIA AND HISTORIES: histories of cattlemen and droving, including Aboriginal workers imperial connections and dynasties; Aboriginal and Chinese labour on the frontier; World War II, including the bombing of Darwin, the Japanese ‘threat’, and Aboriginal servicemen; frontier violence and racism; ‘mixed-relations’: inter-racial relationships and marriages; Stolen Generations; native title and dispossession.
• AUSTRALIA’S BORROWINGS AND THE LANGUAGE OF FILM: filmic references and histories, ie Wizard of Oz, Jedda etc; histories and representations of Indigenous people in film; melodrama and constructions of race; cinematic representations of country and landscape; material culture studies and film; Australia and Australian literary influences.
We welcome proposals from post-graduate students and Indigenous scholars, and will be looking to publish selected papers from this conference.
Please send a title, 200 word abstract and short biography to Shino Konishi by Friday 31 July 2009.
Dr Shino Konishi
Australian Centre for Indigenous History
Australian National University
ACT 0200 Australia
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