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Today's date is Thursday, October 18, 2018
Anthropology and Sociology Seminar : Monsters, dogs, blackfellas, and whitefellas: An ethnographic riddle about seeing and unseeing from central Australia Other events...
The main aims of this paper are to (1) familiarise you with some diverse strands of my research, and (2) start a discussion about how they interface. Since 1994, I have been undertaking research with Warlpiri people, in the town of Yuendumu in central Australia. Yuendumu is one of four Warlpiri settlements on the fringes of the Tanami Desert, the Warlpiri homeland, and was set up in 1946 as a government ration station to alleviate Warlpiri suffering due to the ravages of the colonial frontier. Today, between 400-800 highly mobile Warlpiri people reside at Yuendumu, as well as about 100 non-Indigenous (mainstream Australian) service providers. My primary research focus has been on the phenomenology of the everyday, and topics span from sleep, fear, boredom, and death to laughter, neo-colonial relations, the night and the monstrous. This paper is structured as follows: I first sketch the riddle, which arises out of the different ways in which Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, respectively see monsters in my fieldsite. This is followed by three different analytical paths, each introduced by a brief ethnographic vignette: the first considers meanings of death, the second Warlpiri-dog relations, and the third unseeing as a social practice. In the conclusion, I transpose my insights to the national level.
Speaker(s) Yasmine Musharbash
Location Social Sciences Building Room 2204
Contact Dr Alka Sabharwal <alka.sabharwal@uwa.edu.au>
Start Fri, 11 May 2018 14:30
End Fri, 11 May 2018 15:30
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <karen.eichorn@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Tue, 08 May 2018 09:30
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