Maps and Dreams is organized around the different forms of encounter and interaction that have marked relations between Indigenous people and colonisers in Australian history, and around the different forms of mapping that has passed them into history. Along the way, it asks questions about identity, conflict, and coexistence, and the haunting presence of the past in the present. It introduces significant historical themes and debates and scaffolds students while they work (independently and in small groups, with and without artworks) on some of the ideas and arguments from multiple perspectives. Alongside weekly lectures, six of the ten seminars in this topic are taught in the Flinders University Art Museum (FUAM). The FUAM has a wonderful collection of Indigenous artworks, which will be utilized as teaching tools. You do not need any background in fine art or art history to enrol in this topic, just a willingness to explore the possibilities of Indigenous art for enhancing our cross-cultural and historical understanding.
This topic aims to: