Seminar: Dr Maria Elena Indelicato

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.

Bio

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.

Ruth Morgan Seminar

Dr Ruth Morgan: Senior Research Fellow, Monash University

When: Thursday 24 May, 3:00-4:30pm

Where: Building 24, Room G02

Making ‘a way in the wilderness’: the colonial hydrology of arid Western Australia, 1860s-1900s.

Abstract

In 1896, Western Australia’s water dreamer, the engineer C.Y. O’Connor, designed a system to transport water from the Darling Range via a pipeline to the thirsty mines of the arid goldfields, nearly six hundred kilometres away. Even the engineering schemes of ancient Rome had not been so bold as to pump water such a distance, let alone uphill. At its opening in 1903, Sir John Forrest, the state’s first premier, referred to Isaiah (43:19) when he suggested that future generations would remember this achievement: ‘They made a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.’ This so-called ‘Golden Pipeline’ followed a trail of waterholes that local Aboriginal guides had revealed to colonial explorers in the 1860s, who sought to develop a pastoral economy in a region where permanent water sources were scarce. With pastoralism and gold came more people and livestock, which combined to exert unprecedented pressures on these shallow groundwater reserves. Around the goldfields, for instance, Kalamaia Indigenous peoples found themselves competing with prospectors, cameleers, horses and camels for access to these precious reserves. By the turn of the twentieth century, the development of the goldfields had utterly transformed their lands and waterways. This paper examines the colonial hydrology of water scarcity in arid Western Australia in the late nineteenth century. Such an analysis of the social worlds of water (and its absence) sheds light on the prevailing ideologies of aridity and the broader dynamics of colonial rule in this dryland outpost of the British empire. 

The paper will be followed by the launch of Sukhmani Khorana’s book The Tastes and Politics of Intercultural Food in Australia (Rowman and Littlefield 2018). Maria Elena Indelicato (Zhejiang University) will launch the book and Fiona Probyn-Rapsey will MC (4:45pm-5:30pm).

Drinks and finger food will follow the seminar. Please click here to RSVP for Catering Purposes

Jane Haggis Seminar and Launch of ‘Shame and the Anti-Feminist Backlash’

CASS, FRN and CCHR invite you to the following:

SEMINAR and BOOK LAUNCH

Date: Monday 19 March 2018
Seminar: 3.00pm to 4.30pm, Book Launch: 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Location: Panizzi Room, UOW Library

Associate Professor Jane Haggis: College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University

What Was the Steward Up to? Indian Women Touring Europe in the 1930s: Vernaculars of Friendship, Cosmopolitanisms and Anti-Colonialisms at the End of Empire  

Jane Haggis is an historian who combines historical analysis with social and cultural theory. Her research interests are wide, but cluster around three themes: cross-cultural encounters, affect and power in imperial and post-imperial contexts. She has published widely internationally in feminist historiography and gender and empire, and is currently leading an Australian Research Council funded project [DP 170104310 2017-2019), ‘Beyond Empire transnational religious networks & liberal cosmopolitanisms’ with Professor Margaret Allen, Professor Fiona Paisley and Professor Clare Midgley. With these scholars she recently published, Cosmopolitan Lives on the Cusp of Empire: Interfaith, Cross-Cultural and Transnational Networks, 1860-1950, Palgrave Pivot, 2017. Her long engagement with critical race studies most recently saw the publication of “Situated Knowledge or Ego (His)toire?: Memory, History and the She-Migrant in an Imaginary of ‘Terra Nullius’” Ngapartji, Ngapartji. In turn, in turn: Ego-Histoire, Europe and Indigenous Australians (ANU Lives Series in Biography, 2014). It also led to an Australian Research Council funded project (with S Schech) From Stranger to Citizen: Migration, Modernisation and Racialisation in the Making of the New Australian” (DP 0665782) results from which she most recently published in “White Australia and Otherness: The Limits to Hospitality” in Cultures in Refuge: Seeking Sanctuary in Modern Australia (2012). She is currently working on a monograph from that project, provisionally titled: Storying the borderlands: imaginaries of modernity and the refugee in Australia. The book (with S Schech) Culture and Development, (2000), pioneered a postcolonial feminist analysis of International Development and remains a seminal text.

Associate Professor Haggis will then launch:

Shame and the Anti-Feminist Backlash, Britain, Ireland and Australia, 1890-1920 (Routledge 2018)

Dr Sharon Crozier-De Rosa

Shame and the Anti-Feminist Backlash examines how women opposed to the feminist campaign for the vote in early twentieth-century Britain, Ireland, and Australia used shame as a political tool. It demonstrates just how proficient women were in employing a diverse vocabulary of emotions – drawing on concepts like embarrassment, humiliation, honour, courage, and chivalry – in the attempt to achieve their political goals. It looks at how far nationalist contexts informed each gendered emotional community at a time when British imperial networks were under extreme duress. The book presents a unique history of gender and shame which demonstrates just how versatile and ever-present this social emotion was in the feminist politics of the British Empire in the early decades of the twentieth century. It employs a fascinating new thematic lens to histories of anti-feminist/feminist entanglements by tracing national and transnational uses of emotions by women to police their own political communities. It also challenges the common notion that shame had little place in a modernizing world by revealing how far groups of patriotic womanhood, globally, deployed shame to combat the effects of feminist activism.

Lynette Russell lecture, 20 October 2017

On Friday, 20 October 2017 CASS will host visiting speaker Professor Lynette Russell, ARC Professorial Fellow and Director of the Monash Indigenous Centre at Monash University. Professor Russell will present a lecture titled ‘Writing history and affect in the archive: trauma, grief, delight and texts, some personal reflections’.

All welcome!

Date: Friday, 20 October 2017
Time: 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm (refreshments to follow)
Location: LHA Research Hub, Building 19, Room 2072
RSVP: For catering purposes RSVP to ljs743@uowmail.edu.au by Monday, 16 October 2017

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Lionel Frost seminar, 28 July 2017

On Friday 28 July CASS will host visiting speaker Associate Professor Lionel Frost from Monash University. Professor Frost will present an HDR workshop on publishing strategies and a research seminar. This will be followed by a welcome lunch for Dr André Brett.

All welcome!

Date: Friday, 28 July 2017
Time: 9.30 am to 2.00 pm
Location: LHA Research Hub, Building 19, Room 2072
RSVP: For lunch catering purposes RSVP to fsteel@uow.edu.au by Monday, 24 July

Schedule:

9.30-10.30: HDR workshop by Lionel Frost, ‘Getting Published: Top Tips for HDRs’
10.30-11.00: Morning tea
11.00-12.30: Research seminar by Lionel Frost, ‘Railways and the Prosperity of the Victorian Mallee before 1930’
12.30-2.00: Lunch and formal welcome to Dr André Brett, Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow in History

Many thanks to Simon Ville for organising Lionel’s visit.

Ann Curthoys lecture and book launch, 16 June 2016

PUBLIC LECTURE BY PROFESSOR ANN CURTHOYS

‘Looking for gender? Writing Aboriginal-settler relations into Australian political history’ by Professor Ann Curthoys, University of Sydney

Thursday 16 June, 3:30pm,
Building 19, Room 1056
University of Wollongong

Following the lecture, Professor Curthoys will launch Claire Lowrie’s new book:

Masters and Servants: Cultures of Empire in the Tropics,
Manchester University Press, 2016

Thursday 16 June 2016, 5pm
LHA Research Hub, Building 19, Room 2072
University of Wollongong

Looking for gender? Writing Aboriginal-settler relations into Australian political history
When writing colonial political history, most of the time, the historical actors we consider are male. Whether they are Indigenous leaders or pastoral labourers, missionaries, pastoralists, convicts, free immigrants, British officials, or intellectuals debating questions of Aboriginal policy and colonial governance, they are usually men. Women are always there, as members of both Indigenous and settler societies, but very rarely as visible or individually named political actors.  My lecture will explore the challenges of putting both colonialism and gender into Australian political history, creating what the anthropologist W.E.H. Stanner called “a single field of life”.

Biography
Ann Curthoys is an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney and the University of Western Australia. She was formerly Manning Clark Professor of History at the Australian National University and an ARC Professorial Fellow at the University of Sydney. She works on Australian history in an international context, and on questions of history, theory, and historical writing. Her books include Freedom Ride: A Freedom Rider Remembers; (with John Docker) Is History Fiction?; (with Ann McGrath) How to Write History that People want to read.