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Reese Lecture 2017: Professor Penelope Edmonds

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Reese Lecture 2017

Heart, Power, Treaty, Truth: Affective, political performances in (post) Reconciliation Australia

by Penelope Edmonds, History and Classics, University of Tasmania

The ‘Uluru Statement from the Heart’, delivered by the First Nations National Constitutional Convention to the Australian nation in May, 2017, placed matters of history and truth telling, Aboriginal sovereignty, and treaty (Makarrata) at the forefront of agreement making and constitutional change. The Uluru statement from the heart of the country invoked the potent politics of heart, and can be understood as part of a long lineage or repertoire of political and affective Indigenous/settler invocations for peace building and agreement-making in settler colonies that have been shaped by violence and dispossession, and can be located within a global a paradigm of reconciliation and redress. This paper explores the way that such reconciliation performances, however fraught, have sought transition to a new moral order and may be understood as critical rites of passage in settler societies, working towards an imagined refounding of nation. Importantly, in search of a new emancipatory politics, the paper considers Indigenous-led refutations or reworkings of the consensus politics of reconciliation in Australia’s public culture, where state based rituals may falter. Taking account of the cultural politics of emotion, truth telling, and embodied performance in pressing matters of history, the paper shows how these Indigenous led performances are risky and often experimental border-crossings that offer us glimpses of new postcolonial futures.

Annual Reese Lecture

The prestigious Reese Lecture at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies is given annually in honour of Dr Trevor Reese, a distinguished historian of the British Commonwealth and Australia and Reader at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. This lecture is always given by a younger scholar in the disciplines of history or political science.

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