Graphic Encounters Conference

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Graphic Encounters An interdisciplinary and welcoming forum for conversations and scholarship on colonial prints depicting Indigenous peoples.

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Wednesday 07 November 2018 09:30 pm until Friday 09 November 2018 04:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Graphic Encounters
Presented by:
La Trobe University Centre for the Study of the Inland
Type of Event:
Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Alumni; Conference; Forum/symposium; Public Lecture; Public

This conference on colonial-era prints of Indigenous people – from engravings to lithographs to etchings, etc – will bring to light new understandings about racial difference and dispossession as visualised through the print medium and the often-confronting circumstances of these images' production, dissemination and publication.

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Speaker bios

Jane Lydon headshotProfessor 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 work in partnership with European museums and Aboriginal communities has produced a website portal [external link] that provides access to historical photograph collections. Most recently she has co-edited (with Lyndall Ryan) Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre (NewSouth, 2018), and edited Visualising Human Rights [external link] (UWA Publishing, 2018) which examines the cultural impact of the framework of human rights through visual culture.

Greg Lehman Greg Lehman is a descendant of the Trawulwuy people of north east Tasmania. His research and writing focuses on historical and contemporary Indigenous heritage and identity. Currently a McKenzie Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Culture and Communications, University of Melbourne, Greg has held previous research posts at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, and the National Centre for Indigenous Studies, 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. 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’.

Greg received the 2016 AAANZ award for ‘Best Art Writing by an Indigenous Australian for his essay Benjamin Duterrau: the Art of Conciliation, and is currently curating the National Gallery of Australia’s touring exhibition The National Picture: the art of Tasmania’s Black War with Prof. Tim Bonyhady. He also has degrees in Life Sciences and Environmental Studies, and was a founding member of the Indigenous Advisory Committee of the National Museum of Australia.

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Image credit: Meeting with Malgana people at Cape Peron by Jacques Arago, de Freycinet's artist, who wrote “they watched us as dangerous enemies, and were continually pointing to the ship, exclaiming, ayerkade, ayerkade (go away, go away)”.


PAR-Arts West North Wing-153 (Forum Theatre - Level 1)

Arts West, The University of Melbourne

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