Colonialism and Race Relations in Remote Inland Australia: Observations from the field of Australian Indigenous Studies


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Presenter:  Professor Barry Judd, Professor in Indigenous Social Research, Central Australian Research Group, Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University

Date: Oct 19, 2017

Time: 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Contact person:  Northern Institute
T: 08 8946 7468
E: thenortherninstitute@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Lecture Theatre 15.1.01, CDU Alice Springs Campus

Target audience:  Open To the Public - All Welcome – Please Share

Abstract: Despite the emergence of decolonizing methods for the conduct of research involving Indigenous peoples since the 1990s, the field of Australian Indigenous Studies remains characterized by the ‘spatial distance’ that exists between professional academic researchers and the Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders over whom they claim knowledge, understanding and ‘expertise’. This seminar is primarily observational and outlines what transpired when I decided to seek a deeper engagement with the Aboriginal community that is the focus of Judd’s research activity. Moving from south eastern Australia to the regional centre of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory this seminar discusses Judd’s efforts to close the spatial distance between researchers and researched through a series of vignettes. As the material outlined in this discussion will suggest; efforts to address the spatial distance proved only partially effective. Yet what emerged from this attempt has been an ongoing engagement with inland remote Australia and a greatly enhanced understanding the complex race relations between the Anangu (Aboriginal) peoples of the region and the non-Aboriginal population as well as the legacy of colonialism and the lingering impact the past continues to exert on the present. 

About Professor Barry Judd: Professor Barry Judd is a descendent of the Pitjantjatjara people of north-west South Australia, British immigrants and Afghan cameleers. He is a leading Australian scholar on the subject of Aboriginal participation in Australian sports. Barry's main research interest is in issues about identity – what kind of Australian identities have been formed out of the colonial contact between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Australia. His research focuses on Aboriginal people in sport as a way of engaging the broader population in difficult questions around the place of indigenous people in Australian society. Barry is a member of the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN). He is interested in the social impact of Australian Football on Indigenous Australia; explorations of Australian identity and the process of cultural interchange between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples; constructions of Australian citizenship and Australian nationalism; Aboriginal affairs policy and administration. Read his full profile HERE.

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