Anthropology Seminar | Why did the Aboriginal Peoples of South-Eastern Australia become ‘an academically unacceptable topic’? | Dr Gaynor Macdonald
Department of Anthropology Seminar Series 2021: The relevance of anthropology in the contemporary world.
As a way of reflecting on my own journey in anthropology, I use this question to examine the resistance I encountered in the 1980s to my interest in Wiradjuri peoples of central western NSW. This was also a resistance to my interest in continuities and change, and my conviction that the distinctiveness of their shared lives were informed by their Wiradjuri past and not simply by their colonial subjectivity. The question is both a critique of the way anthropology as a discipline developed in Australia, but also an affirmation of its ongoing importance and especially the importance of ethnographic field work.
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