In this afterword, I begin by sharing a brief history of my early career as a non-Anglo-Celtic academic in an overwhelmingly Anglo-Celtic university environment in Australia. I examine how questions of non-Anglo-Celtic academic authority and accent play out in the process of teaching. I also explore the decolonizing impetus behind my early work White Nation (2000) both in terms of its conceptualization of Whiteness and Third-World-looking people and in terms of its reversal of the traditional research relations (a Lebanese analysing Anglo-Australians). I argue that despite this history there are many dimensions of the new politics of decolonization within anthropology that comes from outside my own tradition. I offer an examination of some of the features of this ‘new wave’ of decolonization and finish by looking into the decolonizing dimensions of my recent call to ‘respect anthropology’s elders’.
Tourists, Truth, and the Insouciance of Souvenirs
Gundagai’s statue of the Dog on the Tuckerbox, about half way between Melbourne and Sydney, was arguably Australia’s most popular purpose-built tourist attraction for half a century from its unveiling in 1932. This article uses the monument as a case study to consider the ways in which the past is visualized as it is turned into tourism. In what has been called the “circle of representation,” tourists’ understandings of the places they visit are shaped by the preconceptions created by pre-existing media representations through art, postcards, photography, posters, tourist brochures, souvenirs, and so on. In the case of the Dog on the Tuckerbox, the expurgated language of souvenirs, as they multiplied through the twentieth century, came to displace oral dissemination of earlier more vulgar meanings attached to the original story that was the inspiration for the monument.
Publications, Films and Conferences
Jean-Pierre Digard, Leili S. Mohammadi and Gay Breyley
Chatty, Dawn and Finlayson, Bill (eds.) (2009), Dispossession and Displacement: Forced Migration in the Middle East and North Africa (Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy, British Academy Occasional Paper No. 14), 298 pp.
Jalali, Babak (2009), Frontier Blues, Iran/U.K./Italy, 95 minutes.
‘Knowledge and Value in a Globalising World’, July 2011, IUAES/AAS/ASAANZ Joint Conference, University of Western Australia
Jaap Bos, Keebet von Benda-Beckmann, Ad Borsboom, Andrew Richards and Stephen Nugent
Anthony Elliott, Social theory since Freud: Traversing social imaginaries
James M. Donovan and H. Edwin Anderson, Anthropology and law by Keebet von Benda-Beckmann
Silvie Poirier, A world of relationships: Itineraries, dreams, and events in the Australian Western desert
Robert M. Fishman, Democracy’s voices: Social ties and the quality of public life in Spain
George Mentore, Of passionate curves and desirable cadences: Themes on Waiwai social being Suzanne Oakdale, I foresee my life: The ritual performance of autobiography in an Amazonian community
This article uses postcolonial scholarship to understand the knowledge and cultural politics that underpin Australian-provided transnational higher education (TNHE) programmes in Singapore and Malaysia. A case is made for TNHE practices to develop an 'engaged pedagogy' and 'ethics of care' as it relates to transnational students in postcolonial spaces. Through this, the article seeks to respond to broader criticisms directed at international education's limited engagement with equity and social justice.
Paul Gilroy observed in 2001 that there were “surprisingly few” discussions of automobiles in histories of African American vernacular cultures, in spite of their “epoch-making impact.” He argued that a “ distinctive history of propertylessness and material deprivation” had led to a disproportionate African American investment in automobiles. This article considers how car culture has also operated as a salve for the “indignities of white supremacy” for Indigenous Australians, though on very different terms.
Anna Edmundson, Margo Neale, Michèle Rivet, Brett Mason, Katie Kyung, Rebecca Gibson, Alison K. Brown, Tatiana Argounova-Low, Maria Lucia de Niemeyer Matheus Loureiro, Charlotte Hyltén-Cavallius and Fredrik Svanberg
Return of the Native: Contestation, Collaboration, and Co-authorship in Museum Spaces, Australian National University, 18–19 June 2015
Access Is a Human Right: The Federation of International Human Rights Museums Conference, Te Papa, Wellington, 23–25 September 2015
Narrative Objects: The Sakha Summer Festival and Cultural Revitalization
Object, Document, and Materiality: Outline of an Ongoing Research Project
Museums Beyond Homogeneity: Museums and Diversity in Sweden
Penny Welch and Susan Wright
In this issue of Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, academics from Sweden, the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom offer insights into a number of features of undergraduate study – independent study projects, the development of political attitudes, the graduate attributes agenda, general education courses in global studies and the attainment gap between students with different types of entry qualifications.
Tristan Josephson, Marcin B. Stanek, Tallie Ben Daniel, Jeremy Ash, Liz Millward, Caroline Luce, Regine Buschauer, Amanda K. Phillips and Javier Caletrío
Tracking the Mobility of Carceral Logics
Jennifer Turner and Kimberley Peters, eds., Carceral Mobilities: Interrogating Movement in Incarceration (New York: Routledge, 2017), 256 pp., 9 illustrations, $49.95 (paperback)
An Exciting Invitation to Rethink Knowledge Mobilities
Ludovic Tournès and Giles Scott-Smith, eds., Global Exchanges: Scholarships and Transnational Circulations in the Modern World (New York: Berghahn Books, 2018), 356 pp., 9 illustrations, $130 (hardback)
Theorizing Mobilities between Disability Studies and Palestine
Jasbir Puar, Th e Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017), 296 pp., $26.95 (paperback)
Beyond Borders: Mobility in Australia’s Northern Maritime Network
Julia Martínez and Adrian Vickers, Th e Pearl Frontier: Indonesian Labor and Indigenous Encounters in Australia’s Northern Trading Network (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2015), 227 pp., $28 (paperback)
Backpacking toward European Integration
Richard Ivan Jobs, Backpack Ambassadors: How Youth Travel Integrated Europe (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017), 352 pp., 32 illustrations, $35 (paperback)
Recovering Mobility in American Jewish History
Shari Rabin, Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America (New York: New York University Press, 2017), 208 pp., $40 (hardback)
Which Mobilities? Critical Perspectives on Mobility, Norms, and Knowledge
Marcel Endres, Katharina Manderscheid, and Christophe Mincke, eds., Th e Mobilities Paradigm: Discourses and Ideologies (London: Routledge, 2016), 235 pp., £36.99 (paperback)
What Makes a Trail?
Robert Moor, On Trails: An Exploration (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016), 340 pp., $16 (paperback)
Airports: Cathedrals of Unsustainable Dreams?
Alain de Botton, A Week at the Airport: A Heathrow Diary (London: Profi le Books, 2009), 112 pp., £8.99 (paperback)
Tracking the Circuits of Mobility, Visibility, and Sexuality in Settler Nation-Making
The late nineteenth century saw a wave of Indian migrants arrive in Victoria, many of whom took up the occupation of hawking. These often-described “turban-clad hawkers” regularly became visible to settlers as they moved through public space en route to the properties of their rural customers. This article explores how the turban became a symbol of the masculine threat Indians posed to the settler order of late nineteenth-century Victoria, Australia. This symbolism was tied up with the two-fold terrestrial and oceanic mobility of 'turban-clad' men; mobilities that took on particular meanings in a settler-colonial context where sedentarism was privileged over movement, and in a decade when legislators in Victoria and across the Australian colonies were working out ways to exclude Indian British subjects from the imagined Australian nation. I argue that European settlers' anxieties about the movements of Indian British subjects over sea and over land became metonymically conflated in ways that expressed and informed the late nineteenth-century project to create a settled and purely white nation. These findings have repercussions for understandings of the contemporaneous emergence of nationalisms in other British settler colonies.