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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.

Diana Young, Research Fellow, Centre for Cross-cultural Research, Australian National University

6 November: Keeping culture strong: oral traditions and archaeology working together

Bruno David, QEII Fellow, Programme for Australian Indigenous Archaeology, School of Geography and Environmental Science, Monash University, and Louise Manas, until recently Chair of the Mualgal (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation

13 November: Making art and making culture in far-western New South Wales

Lorraine Gibson, Department of Anthropology, Macquarie University

20 November: Profiling Indigenous cultural micro-enterprises

Megan Cardamone, doctoral research scholar (Australian Research Council), Deakin University

2006 special seminars

30 May: Ethnophysiography: formalizing landscape terminology and concepts for Yindjibarndi (Pilbara), Navajo (New Mexico) and other arid-lands languages and cultures

David M Mark, Professor of Geography, University at Buffalo

25 October: How Europeans see Aboriginal art--running an Aboriginal art museum in Utrecht

Jan Willem van Rijnberk, director of Europe's only existing Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht

2007 first semester seminars

First semester 2007 seminars will be jointly coordinated by Steve Kinnane of AIATSIS and Dr Natasha Stacey of the School of Environmental Research, Charles Darwin University. 'Enough Talking: Indigenous Practice in Caring for Country' will relate the value of Indigenous land and sea management in northern Australia, where traditional owners and land and sea managers are at the forefront of innovative programs and strategies aimed at sustainable Indigenous occupation of country. This series will focus on northern Australia through practitioners sharing their experiences of engaging in ecosystem services, cultural heritage protection and mediation of development for the benefit of peoples, country and economy. This series will use teleconferencing technology to involve audiences at Charles Darwin University and AIATSIS in real-time presentation and discussion across the continent. Half will take place at Charles Darwin University, and half at AIATSIS. Seminars will be recorded in digital visual and audio media for ease of future access. Further details will be posted at <www.>.
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