AUST 2612 introduces students to the close study of Reconciliation both in Australia and Internationally. The topic proposes that any process of reconciliation should be underpinned by an understanding of the history of imperialism, colonisation and more recently globalisation. This topic is designed to allow students to read, view and experience a range of texts which deal with encounters between and within Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian communities. This subject offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of representation of Australian Indigenous Knowledges and cultural practices using an ‘education for reconciliation’ approach. It analyses contested definitions of culture and paradigms of cultural value, meaning and priority. It will introduce students to theories of representation and to their application to Indigenous materials that deal with, knowledges, social and cultural practices in: literature, drama, film, music, autobiography, visual art, artifacts and material culture, song, dance, storytelling, oral history, local law, ceremony, sport etc.
This topic recognises that reconciliation is a contested and problematised concept. It will consider how reconciliation can be a site or space for healing/ transformation within communities and within national and international contexts. It will employ cross-cultural and inter-textual approaches to subject matter. It will examine issues of power, control, change, transformation, resistance, ignorance, visibility, self-realisation, protocol, ownership of knowledge and the way that such matters have been both appropriated, applied and reclaimed in and through arts and other so-called high, popular or traditional cultural practices in Australia since invasion/ settlement.