Having a Voice Series: Writing Women – Historical Non-Fiction

Portrait of Liz Conor

Liz Conor
30 April 2017 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Liz Conor and Julie Andrews
Early, Emerging
Colonialism is inescapable in Australian historical non-fiction. Rather than a ‘shared’ history, which implies a two-way exchange of actors, colonial history is enmeshed, where settler-actors imposed mostly negative impacts on Indigenous Australians.

How can we write about these relations without reinscribing those positions, of privilege and disadvantage? Is it ethical, healing or productive for white women to write about racism when they’ve never experienced it themselves?

Presented in association with the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) for the Australian Heritage Festival.

You will learn

  • the recourse of persistence – or the comfort of length immersion and chipping away
  • the pleasures of archival entombing
  • how structure reveals itself
  • standpoint, consultation, collaboration and ethics of colonial historicising
  • visual sources and the revelations of context

About Liz Conor

Dr Liz Conor is an ARC Future Fellow at La Trobe University. She is the author of ‘Skin Deep: Settler Impressions of Aboriginal Women’ and ‘The Spectacular Modern Woman: Feminine Visibility in the 1920s’. She is the editor of ‘Aboriginal History’, a columnist at ‘New Matilda’, has published widely in academic and mainstream press, as well as campaigned as a community advocate and commentator, on gender, race and representation.

About Julie Andrews

Dr Julie Andrews, a member of the Dhulunyagan family clan of the Yorta Yorta tribe, is a lecturer in Anthropology at La Trobe University. Her research has focused on Aboriginal narratives, identity, cultural resistance and community development and maintenance.

Having a Voice

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