Oral and Written: Understanding the past

Date/Time: Wed 04 Oct / 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: Monash University, Room E561, (Menzies Building) 20 Chancellors Walk, Clayton Campus

Monash Indigenous Studies Centre (MISC)

Seminar Series

Oral and Written: Understanding the past

The south west Gulf of Carpentaria is a place where Indigenous and colonial settler cultures persist with a particular vigour and contestation side-by-side. It is also a place where human knowledge is severely tested on a day-by-day basis. In this seminar I will explore oral and written traditions in such a place and in doing so touch upon the nature and meaning of knowledge in this part of Australia and the nature of knowledge and history itself. This paper is research in progress and begins an exploration of advocating for simultaneously respecting the validity of oral and written traditions and hopefully the ability of each to inform the other in a space devoid of contestation.

Associate Professor John Bradley has undertaken research for the last 38 years in the south west Gulf of Carpentaria. His research has been directed towards land claims over Yanyuwa country, language and cultural management with Yanyuwa elders and the li-Anthawirriyarra Sea Ranger Unit. His research is directed towards issues of decoloniality and with Indigenous epistemologies. He is also the Coordinator of the Monash Country Lines Archive, that uses animation as a way to assist in the preservation of critically endangered Indigenous languages. He is the author of the prize winning Singing Saltwater Country, winner of the 2014 Future Justice Prize and has just completed an  encyclopaedia of the Yanyuwa language which represents 38 years of research.

For further information, please contact Vanessa Fleming-Baillie on 990 52929

Wednesday  4 October 2017

12:30pm – 2:00pm

E561 (Elizabeth Burchill Room)
Level 5, East Wing, Menzies Building
20 Chancellors Walk
Clayton Campus

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