Emergent Banal Nationalism: Experiencing Everyday Australianess in Melbourne

Date/Time: Wed 03 May / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: N402, 20 Chancellors Walk


A School of Social Sciences Seminar

Presented by Dr. Tim Edensor

I argue that national identity is not only manifest at iconic sites, showpiece occasions and
cultural canons but is embedded in the mundane, routine, local spaces of everyday life.
Here, citizens carry out unreflexive habits, share popular competencies in getting things
done and continuously experience familiar sensations. In this presentation, I will outline a
geography through which a banal, but multiple sense of national belonging emerges. This
is subsequently developed by detailing recent research that required Melburnians to take
photographs that for them exemplified their encounters with the national during one daily
journey. Participants were interviewed to reflect upon their selection, and discuss how
Australianness was entangled in their everyday experiences. I will consider whether this
empirical material highlights emergent ways of articulating and experiencing the nation in
more inclusive and ecocentric ways.

Tim Edensor is currently a visiting scholar at Melbourne University. He is the author of Tourists at the Taj (Routledge, 1998), National Identity, Popular Culture and Everyday Life (Berg, 2002) and Industrial Ruins: Space, Aesthetics and Materiality (Berg, 2005), From Light to Dark: Daylight, Illumination and Gloom (Minnesota, 2017) as well
as the editor of Geographies of Rhythm (2010). Tim has written extensively on national identity, tourism, ruins and urban materiality, mobilities and landscapes of illumination and darkness.

For further information, please contact
Susan van de Meene
990 20394

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