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Today is Wednesday, the 26th of July 2017.

Symposium





2016 Symposium - Reorienting the Postcolonial



The symposium was concluded last Wednesday. There were some fantastic papers and the videos will be available for viewing shortly.

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Seminar series





Visualising Solidarity: Forging everyday humanitarianism through public representations of development



Since the 1980s there has been a vast proliferation of campaigns, charity adverts, musical movements, fair trade marketing, celebrity endorsements and media promotions to support humanitarian causes. More recently, we have witnessed a growth in the role of visual media in guiding diverse publics on how they might perceive and act upon calls for a shared responsibility. Foundational to the success of these visual representations is their capacity to invoke care and compassion for suffering others, to motivate people in some parts of the world to donate money and other forms of assistance to people elsewhere. Despite their increased profile, the visual strategies that such campaigns deploy have provoked critiques that they reproduce racialised stereotypes, reinforce colonial hierarchies and embed inequalities, notably through reproducing iconographies of, for example, conflict, famine and poverty. Nevertheless, might these popular representations of humanitarianism and development have the potential to instil ideas of global interconnectedness and forge new kinds of global solidarity? Alternatively, do visual images and the increasing involvement of public figures, celebrities and the media obscure the structural dimensions of race, racism and inequality thus limiting the possibilities for forging a common humanity? In this presentation, I will explore these issues through an analysis of colonial and contemporary uses of popular, visual campaigns. I subsequently examine forms of resistance and creative subversion that contest problematic depictions of other people and that aim to challenge the meanings that inhere in mediatised representations. The presentation concludes by considering what kinds of visual representations might lead to more critical thinking about prevalent concepts of self and other, and difference and commonality. How can such representations solicit more considered responses to charity campaigns and thereby promote and sustain new forms of transnational solidarity?
Uma Kothari is Professor of Migration and Postcolonial Studies and former Director of the Global Development Institute, at the University of Manchester, UK. Her research interests include international development and humanitarianism and migration, refugees and diasporas. Her research has involved a number of funded projects, most recently an Australian Research Council project on International Volunteering and Cosmopolitanism and a Norwegian Research Council project on Perceptions of Climate Change and Migration. Her current research is on Visual Solidarity and Everyday Humanitarianism. She has published numerous articles and her books include Participation: the new tyranny?, Development Theory and Practice: critical perspectives, and A Radical History of Development Studies. She was recently made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and conferred the Royal Geographical Society's Busk Medal for her contributions to research in support of global development.
7:30pm 3 May 2017
Institute of Postcolonial Studies, 78-80 Curzon Street, North Melbourne VIC 3051
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Sweating Saris: Indian Dance as Transnational Labour



Priya Srinivasan presents excerpts of her award winning book "Sweating Saris" through a performative lecture. The book examines dance as a form of gendered labour and Indian dancing women as transnational labourers negotiating key immigration laws. Srinivasan focuses on two key concepts in the book; the "unruly spectator" and the "kinesthetic archive" to explore postcolonial ambivalence, third world feminist methodologies, and subalternity through embodiment. She will be performing her interactive multimedia presentation with carnatic vocalist Uthra Vijay.
Priya Srinivasan is an independent scholar and artist based in Melbourne, Australia . She has presented excerpts of her award winning book "Sweating Saris: Indian Dance as Transnational Labor" in the hybrid form of "talking dances" at the University of Chicago, University of California, Berkeley, Harvard University, and Kings College in London. Priya Srinivasan has a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University; an MA in Dance from UCLA and a First Class Honors in Ethnomusicology from Monash University.
7:30pm 10 May 2017
Institute of Postcolonial Studies, 78-80 Curzon Street, North Melbourne VIC 3051
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Illiberal incarceration: An historical perspective on offshore processing



The policy of offshore processing, which requires the indefinite detention of all asylum seekers who travel to Australia by boat on Nauru and Papua New Guinea, is harmful, expensive, and breaches several international conventions. It is also a deeply illiberal policy, in that it is implemented in ways inconsistent with principles generally associated with liberal democratic system of government. Seen in this way, the policy is not unique in Australian history: indeed, similar forms of incarceration have been used in Australia for nearly 200 years. In this paper, I argue that situating offshore processing within a longer history of illiberal incarceration in Australia can help us better understand the policy. When examined alongside Aboriginal reserves, quarantine stations, and enemy alien internment camps, we can observe clear patterns of who, when, how people are detained, and for what purpose. Such an exercise, however, also reveals precisely how offshore processing departs from previous forms of incarceration, and breaks new ground for illiberal practice.
Amy Nethery is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and Policy at Deakin University. She researches migration and asylum policies in Australia and Asia, with a special interest in policy development and immigration detention. Recent publications include the edited volume Immigration Detention: The Migration of a Policy and its Human Impact (with SJ Silverman, Routledge 2015). On Australian asylum policy, her doctoral thesis entitled Immigration Detention in Australia won the Isi Leibler Prize in 2011. She is currently writing a book on the history of administrative detention in Australia.
7:30pm 24 May 2017
Institute of Postcolonial Studies, 78-80 Curzon Street, North Melbourne VIC 3051
Charges: Waged: $5, Unwaged: $3, Members Free


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