This article discusses Peter Carey's 30 Days in Sydney and Wrong about Japan, focusing particularly on the latter's reflections on reading and misreading cultures, images, and environment. Despite the fact that Australia is apparently “self“ and Japan “other,“ Carey's engagements with the two cultures, in the metonymic form of Sydney and Tokyo, are structured in comparable ways. Focusing on traces of the past in Japan's present, Wrong about Japan also reveals intergenerational tensions within the traveling culture. Similarly, Carey's reading of Australia brings out the ways that avoidance of the past risks undermining the contemporary culture's global and hybrid vitality. The engagement with the past in Sydney and Tokyo is concerned with recasting culture for the future, in order to break with repeated forms based on cultural amnesia. The difference between the books is in the identification with the culture under consideration, with Japan apparently functioning as a backdrop to questions of identity. However, Carey addresses questions of historical memory in Japan as in Australia, and his distance from both enables this parallel engagement.
Peter Carey's Sydney and Tokyo
Catherine Byron, Adrian Caesar, Philip Callow, Barry Cole, George Dandoulakis, Angela Leighton, Clare MacDonald Shaw, John Mole, Tom Paulin, Peter Porter, Philip Ramp, Arnold Rattenbury, Maurice Rutherford, William Scammell, Matt Simpson, Mahendra Solanki, Anne Stevenson, Tim Thorne, John Tranter, Dimitris Tsaloumas, Gael Turnbull and Hugh Underhill
St Thomas Aquinas in MacNeice’s House, September 23rd, 1957
In an Australian Garden
Red Wine and Yellow Sun
For a Cornet Player, Retired
The Altar of the Motherland (trans.: Andreas Kalvos)
Looking at Pictures
The Puppy of Heaven
The Island Market
More Friggers for John: 22: Convict Tokens 1815-1840; 23: Trench Art 1914-1918
Taking the Hexameter a Walk – a letter to John Lucas
From ‘The Riverside’
A Ballad for Apothecaries, Being a Poem to Honour the Memory of Nicholas Culpeper, Gent …
Style and Peter Porter
'The activity of reading, for Peter, is the battleground of virtue and vice.' Such a view of things may seem archaic indeed in times both as poetically sportive and as programmatically sceptical as our own; but I take it that the notion that reading may be an act of engagement still retains some currency. And although it is a long way from twelfth-century France to twenty-first-century England or Australia, it is not hard to see an investment in such engagement in Peter Porter's poetry – as indeed in his prose, and in his conversation; after all, the twinning of urbanity with militancy is not without precedent.
Investigating the Impact of a Father and Son
William John Jennings
This article reports on the impact of a school based father and son, “rites of passage” program on its participants in two Australian Catholic boys’ schools. The author conducted a mixed methodology study investigating quantitative differences between 15- to 17-year-old adolescent participants and non-participants in how they rated their “father relationships” and the impact that specific program elements (the “rite of passage,” planned conversations, and public acknowledgements) had on both program participants. The research found evidence to support the program’s positive impact on father-son relationships. As a result of planned conversations with their fathers in the program, participants reported feeling “older” and more mature.
Marnina Gonick and Susanne Gannon
In June 2011, seven feminist academics gathered to spend a week working together on a collective biography workshop in a small resort town, called Hawk’s Nest, in New South Wales, Australia. Some of us were senior faculty with prior experience with the methodology of collective biography, others were freshly minted or about to be minted PhDs who were totally new to the research methodology. Some of us knew each other from other contexts, and others were meeting for the first time. We were from five different university institutions, working in a range of fields in schools of Education.
Aparna Kumar, Mary Bouquet, Alexandra Woodall, Paulette Wallace, Arjmand Aziz, Elizabeth Edwards and Petra Mosmann
EXHIBITION REVIEW ESSAYS
Unsettling the National in South Asia: My East is Your West, Venice Biennale, and After Midnight, Queens Museum, New York
Nonstop Modernity: Renovating the Rijksmuseum
A Storehouse of Unimagined Treasures: York Art Gallery and the Centre of Ceramic Art, York St Mary’s
The Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart
Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation, British Museum, London
Photography: A Victorian Sensation, National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh, and Framed: People and Place in Irish Photography, Ulster Museum, Belfast
Girls at the Tin Sheds: Sydney Feminist Posters 1975–1990, University Art Museum, Sydney, and Girls at the Tin Sheds (Duplicated), Verge Gallery, Sydney
Julie Gough, Jonathan Jones, Kelli Cole, Shari Lett, Glenn Iseger-Pilkington, Billie Lythberg, Jennifer Walklate, Jeanine Nault, Jake Homiak, Joshua A. Bell and Natasha Barrett
Reflections from a Panel of Indigenous Speakers at the New Encounters Conference (National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 16–18 March 2016)
The Twelfth Pacific Arts Association (International Symposium, Auckland, New Zealand, 14–17 March 2016)
The Museum in the Global Contemporary: Debating the Museum of Now (University of Leicester School of Museum Studies 50th Anniversary Conference, 18–22 April 2016)
Digitizing Endangered Language Materials at the National Anthropological Archives at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History
Honoring and Interpreting the Past: Project Review of the Collaboration between Māori artist George Nuku and National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh
Mobilities and Mobilizations in the Pacific
The Pacific is a constantly shifting domain of cultures, encounters, and natural phenomena. As such, histories of the Pacifi c are marked by transits, circuits, and displacements, both intentional and unintentional. By sketching out examples from the sailing voyages of the open-ocean canoe Hokule‘a, to the enslavement of a South Asian woman transported on the Spanish galleons, to the Australian government’s contested policy for dealing with seaborne refugees, to the challenges posed to low-lying islands by rising sea levels, we see how peoples in motion underscore so much of global history.
Mark Twain's Following the Equator and Pandita Ramabai's The Peoples of the United States
Mark Twain's Following the Equator (1897), a narrative of a journey to the South Pacific, Australia, South Asia, and South Africa, has occupied a small but significant space in the consideration of Twain's wider career as both a travel writer and social critic. Twain's work has not, however, been considered in conjunction with the works of later nineteenth-century South Asian travelers in North America. The present article puts Twain's discussion of India and Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka) in dialogue with Indian scholar and women's rights activist Pandita Ramabai's 1889 travelogue The Peoples of the United States.
Restrictive conditions of temporary protection have required refugees to be resourceful and tactful in managing their own ‘resettlement’ in Australia. Ethnographic research among Hazara refugees from Central Afghanistan living on temporary protection visas, reveals the mobile phone to be fundamental to restoring their lives after detention. Hazara have made use of their mobile phones to establish a point of contact, get their bearings, and reposition themselves at the locus of their own new social networks. This article explores the affect of mobile phone use in a situation of temporary protection, in terms of a rubric of resilience.