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Looking for gender? Writing Aboriginal-settler relations into Australian political history
16 June 2016 @ 3.30 pm - 5.00 pm
Presented by Professor Ann Curthoys, University of Sydney
When writing colonial political history, most of the time, the historical actors we consider are male. Whether they are Indigenous leaders or pastoral labourers, missionaries, pastoralists, convicts, free immigrants, British officials, or intellectuals debating questions of Aboriginal policy and colonial governance, they are usually men. Women are always there, as members of both Indigenous and settler societies, but very rarely as visible or individually named political actors. This lecture will explore the challenges of putting both colonialism and gender into Australian political history, creating what the anthropologist W.E.H. Stanner called ‘a single field of life’.
The lecture will be followed by the launch of Claire Lowrie’s Masters and Servants: Cultures of Empire in the Tropics (Studies in Imperialism Series, Manchester University Press).
RSVP Alice Knaggs by 10 June 2016.