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Additional Indigenous Studies units now being offered

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ATS2019/3019 – Perspectives on Indigenous Art: Production, meaning and symbolism

Co-ordinator: Dr Liam Brady

Synopsis

Indigenous ‘art’ is a highly visible and recognizable symbol of peoples’ engagement with their cultural identity, history and traditions. In this unit, students examine early and recent forms of Indigenous visual traditions (e.g. rock-art, bark paintings, sculpture) to learn about their role and significance in Indigenous societies. Topics to be discussed include art’s relationship to landscapes and seascapes, issues of interpretation, and how art reflects interaction with the ‘other’. The unit combines anthropological, archaeological, and Indigenous approaches to understanding the production, meaning and symbolism associated with various images and objects created through time.

ATS2357/3357 – Australian Aboriginal women

Co-ordinator: Dr Rachel Standfield

Synopsis

This unit focuses on theoretical and cultural issues involved in ‘studying’ Australian Aboriginal Women; ‘traditional’ roles of Aboriginal women and their place in colonial and contemporary Australian society. It will also focus on European constructions of Aboriginal women’s identity, the place of Aboriginal women in the state and the nation; Aboriginal women and feminism; media constructions and stereotypes of Aboriginal women; Aboriginal women’s cultural autonomy; gender issues in land rights; and Aboriginal women’s present needs and future aspirations. It will also look at the lives of Indigenous women in a global perspective.