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Discursive Journeys: visual identities from 19th century Tasmania


Lehman, G, Discursive Journeys: visual identities from 19th century Tasmania, Third International Conference on The Future of Emotions: Conversations Without Borders, 14-15 June 2018, The University Club of Western Australia (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Much has been written about the formation of contemporary Indigenous identity in Australia. Discourse analysis drawing on the work of Stuart Hall has pointed to the power of historical narratives in influencing not only structural relations of power impacting on minority peoples and perceptions of their culture in the twentieth century, but also on individual conceptions of self-identity. Hall established the importance of visual representations, strongly influencing approaches to critical examination of popular media. My recent research on the visual representation of Tasmanian Aboriginal people in colonial art points to the need to extend this examination to include early nineteenth-century images of Indigenous people and culture in Australia. This paper will discuss several examples of how depictions of Tasmanian Aboriginal people across multiple genres during this period have influenced an emotional landscape of discursive identities in Aboriginal Tasmania.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:Aboriginal, Tasmania
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sociology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Lehman, G (Dr Greg Lehman)
ID Code:145894
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Aboriginal Engagement
Deposited On:2021-08-10
Last Modified:2021-08-10

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