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Feeling the Past: Indigenous Emotions and History

Dates: Thursday 9‒Friday 10 November 2017
Venue: Fox Lecture Hall, Ground Floor G.59, Arts Building (106), The University of Western Australia
Registration: Registration is essential and places are limited.  Email Pam Bond (emotions@uwa.edu.au). Morning and afternoon tea will be provided. 
Enquiries: email Pam Bond (emotions@uwa.edu.au)
Convenor: Dr Shino Konishi (shino.konishi@uwa.edu.au)

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This symposium will examine how and why Indigenous historians, writers, curators, artists and filmmakers use emotions as a means of investigating and narrating the past. Participants will explore how such emotional histories may be motivated by the desire to heal and reconcile with the past, or to restore a sense of community pride and dignity to our ancestors, or express anger and rage over past injustices and their legacies. We will also investigate the techniques used to convey emotions, and to deepen connections, recognition, or acceptance of Indigenous histories, and explore whether such techniques reflect Indigenous cultural practices and protocols.


  • Michael Aird (The University of Queensland)
  • Tony Birch (Victoria University)
  • Clint Bracknell (Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney)
  • Natalie Harkin (Flinders University)
  • Barry Judd (Charles Darwin University)
  • Shino Konishi (The University of Western Australia)
  • Greg Lehman (University of Tasmania)
  • Leah Lui-Chivizhe (The University of Sydney)
  • Frances Peters-Little (University of Technology Sydney)
  • Elfie Shiosaki (Curtin University)
  • Michael Jalaru Torres (Independent Artist)
  • Jakelin Troy (The University of Sydney)

Richard Walley will provide the Welcome to Country.

Image: Baptism, Michael Jalaru Torres, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.