CASS invites you to a seminar with Dr Maria Elena Indelicato, Endeavour Research Fellow, University of Wollongong.
When: Thursday 26 April, 2018
Time: 4.15 – 5.00pm (informal drinks to follow)
Where: LHA Research Hub, 19.2072
Violence and the Archive: land, labour and violence in the sugar towns of North Queensland
Defined as ‘borderlands’ by Tracey Banivanua-Mar, sugar towns in North Queensland were significantly populated with a plethora of non-white ethnic minorities: Chinese, Indian, Japanese, ‘Malay’, Pacific Islanders and later southern Europeans. Instances of violence between these population groups have been recounted as if they were detached from the socio-historic conditions dictated by colonialism. Against this stance, in this paper I examine the case of three South Sea Islanders attacking a farmer in the city of Ingham in 1927. In unfolding the individual histories of those involved in the incident against the wider context of anti-Italian migration sentiment, this paper will demonstrate how the discursive rendition of the assault enabled the alleged victim to be aligned with the well-respected long-term migrants in town than the very much despised ‘new arrivals’. In so doing, this paper aims to determine how violence can be used by a racially ambiguous minority group such as Italians not much as technology of population management as a technology of belonging – that is, a means to claim the status of legitimate settlers in the country.
Dr Maria Elena Indelicato is a Lecturer in Media Studies at the Ningbo Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney with a thesis exploring the intersections of race and emotions in public discourses concerning ‘Asian’ international students, which was published by Routledge as Australia’s New Migrants. Indelicato is currently an Endeavour Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong and the editor of the ACRAWSA’s blog.