Research Seminars

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2006 second semester seminar series: 'Aboriginal Art and Identity'

A significant number of AIATSIS Research grantees, staff and visitors are working on projects which explore different aspects of Indigenous art production and how this production relates to personal and group identity. These projects range from histories of major art movements in the Western Desert (such as Ernabella Arts), the increasing family involvement in bark productions from Arnhem Land, the management and rejuvenation of Wandjina images from the south-western Kimberley by native title holders, and the depiction of Indigenous society by Indigenous photographers through to an analysis of different graphic vocabularies used in pre- and post-contact Aboriginal rock-art. One of the common themes to emerge from these different studies is how individual artists and groups create and maintain their identity.

4 September: Framing Indigenous Australian photography in the twenty-first century: the creation of photographic meanings by contemporary Indigenous artists

Marianne Riphagen, doctoral research scholar, Radboud University, Nijmegen, in affiliation with Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australian National University

18 September: Negotiating form among Kuninjku bark painters

Luke Taylor, Deputy Principal, Research and Information, AIATSIS

25 September: Wax and sex: gender identity, Wik material culture, and Ursula McConnel

Professor Peter Sutton, Australian Research Council Fellow, University of Adelaide and the South Australian Museum, and Honorary Research Fellow, Institute of Archaeology, University College London

9 October: Shimmering screens: the sensuous production of identity in Yolngu video-making

Jennifer Deger, Research Fellow and Director of the Ethnographic Media Lab, Division of Society, Culture, Media and Philosophy, Macquarie University

16 October: Re-painting rock-art in the south-west Kimberley

Sue O'Connor, Associate Professor of Archaeology, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University

23 October: "Telling about the country': life stories from the Waralungku art movement

Alan Mayne, Professor and Director of the Hawke Research Institute for Sustainable Societies, University of South Australia

30 October: Cloth and skins: the creation of identity and Ernabella Arts Inc. …

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