Date/Time: Fri 23 Mar / 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Monash Indigenous Centre
The German ethnographic expeditions to the Kimberley, Northwest Australia 1938/9, 1954/5
In this seminar I want to discuss a range of aspects of an ongoing project that is aimed at developing a systematic and collaborative assessment of the materials related to the German ethnographic expeditions to the Northwest Kimberley. These expeditions were conducted by the Institut für Kulturmorphologie (now Frobenius Institute, Frankfurt am Main) in 1938 and 1939 and the then Museum für Völkerkunde (Munich) in 1954 and 1955. The project draws on unpublished archival materials in Germany (photos, drawings, sketches, reproductions of rock art images, personal note books), published books and papers and the direct input from members of the relevant Australian Indigenous communities. As such, the project is a case study of critical research history and anthropological knowledge production. It is highly significant for the Aboriginal communities that are involved in and are supporting this endeavour. The project, however, also aims to productively contribute to current contentious issues for ethnographic or anthropological archives, museums and collections in Germany.
Martin Porr is Associate Professor in Archaeology and member for Rock Art Research and Management at the University of Western Australia.
Friday 23 March
11:00am – 12:00pm
(Menzies Building) 20 Chancellors Walk,
For further information, please contact Vanessa Fleming-Baille on 52929