- Code HIST2142
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of History
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject History
- Areas of interest Australian Studies, Cultural Studies, History, Film, Heritage Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
This course examines the ways in which Indigenous people, in Australia and elsewhere, have assumed the right to tell their own histories of imperialism, colonialism and dispossession through diverse forms of memorialisation, performance, writing, art and other modes of meaning-making. The creative labour of Indigenous intellectuals, artists, filmmakers, writers, and historians shapes contemporary public culture in Australia and other settler-colonial nations, such as Canada, southern Africa, New Zealand and in the Pacific. This course explores such creative labour, both in the past and in the present. We will examine the ways in which Indigenous people have engaged with and challenged imposed cultural and historical forms and practices in ways that have redefined concepts such as sovereignty, self and other, nation and place, and history and time. Students will gain experience working with archives, images, objects, performance, television, lyrics, film and digital forms of storytelling.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand the key theoretical and political debates about history and memory within colonial, cross-cultural and post-colonial contexts;
- critically interpret a range of memorial and historical sources, and their uses within the telling of Indigenous history;
- apply new and expanded understandings of historical practice and the uses of the past to their own research projects; and
- construct an evidence-based historical argument in a form suitable to its purpose and target audience.
- Historiographical review, 1000 words (20%) Learning outcomes 1, 4 (20) [LO null]
- Source analysis, 1000 words (20%) Learning outcomes 1-4 (20) [LO null]
- Research essay, 2500 words (50%) Learning outcomes 1-4 (50) [LO null]
- Seminar participation (10%) Learning outcomes 1, 4 (10) [LO null]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks of seminar and seminar-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Preliminary ReadingSarah Carter and Maria Nugent (eds), Mistress of Everything: Queen Victoria in Indigenous Worlds (Manchester University Press, 2016)
Luise White, Speaking with Vampires: Rumor and History in Colonial Africa (California University Press, 2000)
Miranda Johnson, The Land is Our History: Indigeneity, Law, and the Settler State (Oxford University Press, 2016)
Dipesh Chakrabarty, Provincialising Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (Princeton University Press, 2000)
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