A public event in association with UNSETTLING AUSTRALIA, the biennial conference of the International Australian Studies Association, 3-5 December 2018

Understanding the extent, nature, and ongoing impact of colonial violence in Australia is a crucial element of truth-telling about the shared Indigenous and non-Indigenous past. Waanyi artist Judy Watson and historian Lyndall Ryan are producing new and accessible ways to visualize and understand massacres and massacre sites, such as the Colonial Frontiers Massacre Map led by Lyndall Ryan and Judy Watson’s The Names of Places.

Drawing upon extensive archival, community, and oral sources, and using a range of mediums and technologies, they join a range of other artists and researchers who seek to re-interpret unsettled places and stories of local and national significance. This panel brings these leading practitioners and their teams together to discuss the different conceptual and visual approaches to their maps and the collaborative processes that lie behind the finished works. READ THE NEW YORKER ARTICLE >

2pm | Screening of Yerrabilela: Talking about Songs film (60 mins)

3pm | PANEL with Lyndall Ryan & Bill Pascoe, Judy Watson, Jonathan Richards & Greg Hooper. Chaired by Michael Aird (90 mins)

Followed by light refreshments.

Registration is free, but essential for catering purposes >

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Image used with permission of Judy Watson (artist), The Names of Places project.



UQ Anthropology Museum, Level 1, Michie Building (#9), St Lucia Campus