Prominent historians to discuss settler colonialism

Prominent historians to discuss settler colonialism

20 Aug 2008

The central place settler colonialism has in Australian and American history will be examined by internationally renowned historians at La Trobe University on Tuesday, 26th of August.

'Settler Colonialism' is a special one-day seminar that is part of the University's 'Colonial and 'Post'-Colonial Histories' seminar series. It will be convened by historian Professor Marilyn Lake and Dr Patrick Wolfe. It is open to media, staff, post graduate and honours-level historians.

Guest speakers will discuss a range of issues and questions involved in settler colonialism, covering themes such as native resistance and survival, sovereignties, (titles, treaties and terra nullius) Indigenous perspectives and reparation.

Presenters include:

Professor Daniel K. Richter, Professor of History and Director of the McNeil Centre for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His book, Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America (2002), won the 2001—2002 Louis Gottschalk Prize in Eighteenth-Century History and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history.

Recently, he published Native Americans' Pennsylvania. Professor Richter is an ethno-historian whose main focus is Native American history before 1800. He is very well known for his reconstructions of Native American life behind the frontier.

Professor Henry Reynolds, one of Australia's most influential historians, who is responsible for some of the most comprehensive and original research documenting the violence on Australian land and Aboriginal people's responses to it.

Professor Reynolds holds a personal chair in History and Aboriginal Studies at the University of Tasmania. His previous publications include The Other Side of the Frontier (1981), Why Weren't We Told? (2000) and The Law of the Land (2003). With La Trobe's Professor Marilyn Lake, he co-authored Drawing the Global Colour Line, which was published in March 2008.

Dr Patrick Wolfe, a La Trobe University historian of race and colonialism. He has taught, written and lectured internationally on Australian Aboriginal history, Native American history, genocide and the history of anthropology.

Ben Silverstein, a PhD candidate in History at La Trobe University, who has a BA/LLB at the University of Melbourne. Ben's research concerns the colonisation of Australia and comparative studies of the rule of law in British colonies of settlement.

Venue
John Scott Meeting House, Bundoora Campus, La Trobe University.
Date & time
10.00am — 6.00pm, Tuesday August 26

Media Enquiries: Mikhaela Delahunty, 9479 5353

Program: Colonial and Post Colonial Histories Seminar Series: "Settler Colonialism."

10.15 am: Henry Reynolds (University of Tasmania)
'Sorcery as an Aboriginal Strategy of Resistance'
12.00pm: Patrick Wolfe (La Trobe University)
'Race and the Trace of History'
2.30pm: Ben Silverstein, (La Trobe University)
'"Native Authorities" and Settler Governments: locating Australia in the British Empire.'
4.00pm: Daniel K. Richer (University of Pennsylvania)
'The Strange Colonial North American Career of Terra Nullius.'

The seminar is convened by Marilyn Lake and Patrick Wolfe.

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