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'Seeing Skippy?': Visualising and materialising the kangaroo


Schlunke, K, 'Seeing Skippy?': Visualising and materialising the kangaroo, Visualising Australia: images, icons, imaginations, WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, R Brosch and K Crane (ed), Trier, pp. 171-180. ISBN 978-3-86821-551-9 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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Eaten, stuffed, branded, iconised and militarized, the kangaroo is both empty signifier and volatile assemblage. This paper will move between the photographic depictions of the roo as domesticated pet and those of the kangaroo as international televisual image to trace an historical imagining that simultaneously exposes and silences Indigenous knowledges and sovereignty. Representations of the kangaroo remain anchored in the colonial moment when an Indigenous home became an exoticised 'nature'. This paper questions the 'naturalness' of the kangaroo through its visual record spanning the transnational environments of national branding and its role as 'national' representative.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:kangaroo, representation, Indigenous, skippy
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
UTAS Author:Schlunke, K (Associate Professor Katrina Schlunke)
ID Code:121955
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-10-23
Last Modified:2018-08-09

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