Graphic encounters conference

The conference will be held on Wednesday 7 November to Friday 9 November 2018. It will be presented by La Trobe's Department of Archaeology and History and the Centre for the Studies of the Inland. Though the conference is still a little while away, you can still  register your interest, this will ensure that you are notified of  important dates regarding the conference, closer to the event date.

Call for papers

We welcome proposals for presentations in a variety of formats and media, including standard paper presentations (typically 20 minutes) and thematic papers comprising several presenters.

Proposals for presentations/ papers/ panels should be no more than 200 words and must include your name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), postal address, phone number and email address, the title for your presentation/ panel and the presentation format (standard paper or thematic panel).

About the conference

The  Graphic Encounters conference will be held on Wednesday 7 November to Friday 9 November 2018. It will be presented by La Trobe's Department of Archaeology and History and the Centre for the Studies of the Inland. The conference hopes to provide a welcoming,  inclusive forum in which conversations can be started, and in some cases continued, on prints depicting Aboriginal Australians. There are many, diverse people interested in this colonial visual archive within and beyond the academy - scholars, librarians, bibliophiles, art  historians, curators, artists, collectors, dealers, researchers,  descendants, community - and we very much want to open the conference to different approaches and formats in the presentations and panels.

We  particularly want to avoid another academic talkfest given these prints have Aboriginal content, they are therefore part of Aboriginal heritage and the way they are discussed needs to be of use and interest, first and  foremost, to Aboriginal people. The conference aims to prioritise Aboriginal perspectives on this colonial visual library and give scope to the many different kinds of people interested and involved in these prints. ​

Confirmed speakers

Keynote Speakers

Greg Lehman (keynote speaker)

Greg Lehman is an independent scholar and curator based in Hobart, Australia. Previously an Indigenous Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra, Greg was also a Visiting Fellow at the Research School of Humanities and the Arts, Australian National University, Canberra.

In 2012, Greg was awarded a Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Scholarship to complete a Masters in the History of Art and Visual Cultures at Balliol College, University of Oxford, where he researched the work of colonial artist Benjamin Duterrau. He received the 2016 AAANZ award for ‘Best Art Writing by an Indigenous Australian for his essay Benjamin Duterrau: the Art of Conciliation.

Greg recently completed a PhD at the University of Tasmania’s Academy of the Arts. His thesis is entitled ‘Regarding the Savage: visual representations of Tasmanian Aborigines in the nineteenth century’. He also has degrees in Life Sciences and Environmental Studies, and is a member of the Indigenous Advisory Committee of the National Museum of Australia.

Jane Lydon (keynote speaker)

Professor Jane Lydon is the Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History at The University of Western Australia. Her research centres upon Australia’s colonial past and its legacies in the present. Her books include ‘Eye Contact: Photographing Indigenous Australians’ (Duke, 2005) and ‘The Flash of Recognition: Photography and the emergence of Indigenous rights’ (NewSouth, 2012) which won the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards’ History Book Award. She edited Calling the Shots: Aboriginal Photographies (Aboriginal Studies Press, 2014) which brings together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal scholars to explore the Indigenous meanings of the photographic archive. Other major current research interests include anti-slavery in Australia, the role of magic lantern slides in shaping early visual culture, and the emotional narratives that created relationships across the British Empire. Photography, Humanitarianism, Empire was published by Bloomsbury in paperback in March 2017.


  • Dr Julie Gough, Artist, Curator and Writer
  • Gabrielle Baglione, Curator, Museum d'histoire naturelle
  • Mary McMahon, Postgraduate Research Student, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Georgia Rouette, Principal Consultant, Cultural Matters
  • Dr Nicole Starbuck, Lecturer, History, School of Humanities, University of Adelaide
  • Professor Margaret Sankey, University of Sydney
  • Zoe Rimmer, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
  • Dr Megan Evans, artist and curator, Wyndham City Council
  • Tina Baum, Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, National Gallery of Australia
  • Dr Vincent Alessi Senior Lecturer (Creative Arts), Visual Arts & Design, La Trobe University
  • Anne Virgo OAM, Director, Australian Print Workshop Inc.
  • Dr Susan Woodburn, Hon. Visiting Fellow, University of Adelaide
  • Associate Professor Catherine De Lorenzo UNSW & Monash
  • Professor Catherine Speck, University of Adelaide
  • Paige Gleeson, University of Tasmania
  • Micheal Kempson, Head of Printmaking and Director, Cicada Press


University of Melbourne, PAR-Arts West North Wing-153 (Forum Theatre - Level 1)