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SEMINAR: Archaeology Seminar Series 2017

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Today's date is Thursday, June 29, 2017
Archaeology Seminar Series 2017 : The Trouble with Representation Australian Indigenous World(view)s and the ‘White Magic’ of Modernity Other events...
This talk presents original ethnographic material drawing on long-term fieldwork at the Indian Ocean coast of Northwest Australia. It highlights a particular aspect in a conflict situation over the construction of a $ 45 Billion AUD liquefied natural gas facility (LNG) on top of an Indigenous heritage site, Walmadany / James Price Point. The presentation discusses the troubles encountered by an anthropologist born and raised in Germany in his attempts to translate Indigenous knowledge and heritage into Western scientific terminology. Based on this I address the following questions: How can Western law and science be better equipped to recognize Indigenous knowledges as ontologically different but equal epistemic partners? How can collaborative works in archaeology and anthropology help to account for Indigenous world(view)s beyond the modernist rationale?

Bio: Dr. Carsten Wergin leads the Research Group “The Transcultural Heritage of Northwest Australia: Dynamics and Resistances” at Heidelberg University. His academic background is in sociocultural anthropology, media and transcultural studies with a wider thematic interest in Digital and Environmental Humanities research, and a regional focus on the Indian Ocean World, drawing on long-term fieldwork phases in the Mascarene Archipelago and Northwest Australia.
Speaker(s) Dr. Carsten Wergin, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg
Location Social Sciences Lecture Room 1 (G28)
Contact Sven Ouzman <sven.ouzman@uwa.edu.au>
Start Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:00
End Thu, 06 Apr 2017 17:00
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <karen.eichorn@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Tue, 04 Apr 2017 09:08
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