Queen Victoria in the colonies: ideas, interpretations and interactions
On 9 and 10 December 2013, the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at the Australian National University in Canberra will host a symposium on Indigenous people’s ideas about and interpretations of the figure of Queen Victoria during her reign and since.
The symposium aims to examine a range of meanings and uses of the figure of Queen Victoria within colonial contexts. Her name was (and is) evoked in discourses and debates about colonial loyalty, British justice, Indigenous rights, sovereignty, protection, benevolence and the responsibility of the British government and crown to colonized peoples. We are interested in the "production" of Queen Victoria and the "performance" of relationships to her as well as through her to the British crown and government - as a means by which to interpret Indigenous and colonized people's political and intellectual engagements with the colonial conditions of their lives and situations. The symposium is designed to provide an opportunity for a rich comparative and trans-national conversation around perspectives drawn from Australia and the Pacific, Canada, New Zealand and Africa.
Confirmed speakers include Professor Sarah Carter (University of Alberta, Canada) and Professor Michael Belgrave (Massey University, NZ).
We are inviting expressions of interest from scholars who are interested in participating in the symposium to email Dr Maria Nugent (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 15 June 2013.
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