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Australian Aboriginal Anthropology Today: Critical Perspectives from Europe

International Symposium on Australian Aboriginal Anthropology – January 22-24th, 2013
Avec la collaboration de Laurent Berger, Virginie Bernard, Jessica De Largy Healy, Laurent Dousset, Françoise Dussart, Élodie Fache, Lise Garond, Barbara Glowczewski, Andrée Grau, Michael Houseman, Ian Keen, Géraldine Le Roux, Marika Moisseeff, Bernard Moizo, Arnaud Morvan, Fred Myers, Philippe Peltier, Nicolas Peterson, Sylvie Poirier, Maïa Ponsonnet, Martin Préaud, Franca Tamisari, Céline Travesi et Eric Venbrux

The wide circulation of Australian Aboriginal ethnographies during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries can be said to have significantly shaped the anthropological study of myth, ritual, kinship, art, or hunting and gathering economies. Despite important political changes brought about since the 1960s by indigenous campaigns for the recognition of their land and other related rights, their increasing visibility on national and international stages, and their creative adjustments to State and other outside interventions, this intellectual legacy continues to inform much of the scholarship produced by non-Australianist anthropologists in Europe. By contrast in Australia, the practice of anthropology has been profoundly challenged by this highly charged context. Researchers are required to negotiate their positioning according to diverging and ever-shifting political, economic and social agendas while conforming at the same time to ethical standards set by their institutions that evaluate research in terms of its “benefits” for the studied groups. For many anthropologists working in Aboriginal Australia, whose data can be utilized by various corporate interests or potentially subpoenaed in court, the tension between applied and implicated anthropology ultimately raises the question of scientific responsibility.

Many European anthropologists have contributed to those debates in and out of Australia, through long fieldwork involvement with different Aboriginal peoples.

This symposium, which is the first event of its kind in France, brought together thirty scholars from Australia, Europe and northern America, to critically explore the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of Aboriginal anthropology today. The tensions linking Aboriginal cultural activism to anthropological reflexivity, past scientific knowledge to current research, Australian academic traditions to European scholarship, as well as the implications of research politics in the production of anthropological knowledge, were addressed through five thematic panels which reflect the diversity of current anthropological work in Aboriginal Australia.

  • Tuesday, January 22nd 2013‎

    • Research politics and the production of anthropological ‎knowledge

      Sous la direction de Laurent Dousset
      • Laurent Dousset
        Session introduction
      • Nicolas Peterson
        The present and the ethnographic present: change in the production of anthropological knowledge about Aboriginal Australia
      • Franca Tamisari
        “Sitting around the fire ashes”. An epistemology of personal acquaintance
      • Fred Myers
        Paintings, Publics, and Protocols: the early paintings from Papunya
      • Barbara Glowczewski
        From academic heritage to Aboriginal priorities : anthropological responsibilities
      • Round-table debate (1)
  • Wednesday, January 23rd 2013‎

    • The State and recognition of Aboriginal rights, land, and history‎

      Sous la direction de Barbara Glowczewski
      • Sylvie Poirier
        Places, performative kinship and networking in the Western Desert. A contemporary perspective
      • Lise Garond
        Recognising the significance of the ‘mainland’ presence on Palm Island, past and present
      • Virginie Bernard
        Intrumentalizations of history and the Single Noongar claim
      • Bernard Moizo
        We are not a Christian mob, we want that UAM land back
      • Barbara Glowczewski
        Introduction to the discussion
      • Round-table debate (2)
    • Sustainable environments and new economies in Aboriginal Australia

      Sous la direction de Laurent Berger
      • Laurent Berger
      • Ian Keen
        The language of ‘rights’ in the analysis of Aboriginal property relations
      • Géraldine Le Roux
        Australian Indigenous ‘artists’ critical agency and the values of the art market
      • Élodie Fache
        Conservation as development in Northern Australia: from policies to ethnography
      • Céline Travesi
        Speaking for the land. Looking at Aboriginal tourism today through the Bardi-Jawi example (Kimberleys, Western Australia)
      • Martin Préaud
        Foundation and continuity: Kimberley Aboriginal geopolitics
      • Round-table debate (3)
  • Thursday, January 24th 2013‎

    • Kinship, gender, and social relatedness

      Sous la direction de Michael Houseman
      • Michael Houseman
      • Andrée Grau
        A quality of being: embodied kinship among the Tiwi of Northern Australia
      • Laurent Dousset
        From structure to substance and back: materialities in Australian Aboriginal kinship
      • Maïa Ponsonnet
        The Body in Linguistic Representations of Emotions in Dalabon (Northern Australia)
      • Marika Moisseeff
        Payback and Forward: Relatives as a Source of Weakness or Strength
      • Round-table debate (4)
    • Ritual, art, and performance in Aboriginal Australia

      Sous la direction de Marika Moisseeff
      • Marika Moisseeff
      • Françoise Dussart
        Fora of Identity: From Public Ceremonies through Acrylic Painting to Evangelical Preaching
      • Jessica De Largy Healy
        Remediating sacred imagery on screens: Yolngu experiments with new media technology
      • Arnaud Morvan
        The East Kimberley painting movement: performing colonial history
      • Philippe Peltier
        ‘Under Western Eyes’: a short analysis of the reception of Aboriginal art in France through the press
      • Eric Venbrux
        A history of art from the Tiwi Islands: the source community in an evolving museumscape
      • Round-table debate (5)