Friday, November 17, 2006


A Conference on Indigenous Biography and Indigenous Autobiography
Humanities Research Centre,
Australian National University,
9-12 July 2007

Sponsored by

Humanities Research Centre,
National Centre for Indigenous Studies,
Institute of Advanced Studies,
University of Western AustraliaAustralian Centre for Indigenous History,
ANUCentre for Public Culture and Ideas,
Griffith University


Ms Frances Peters-Little
Professor Peter Read
Professor Anna Haebich


We invite contributions from people interested in the topics listed below, especially from biographers of Indigenous people, and from Indigenous autobiographers. As well as writers, we welcome interest from those concerned with portraying Indigenous lives in the artistic, visual and performing arts. We take ?Indigenous? to include Indigenous people from all parts of the world. Interested persons are invited to forward to the convenors a presentation abstract addressing one of the themes outlined below. The convenors will prefer presentations that address difficulties and issues raised by these themes

Please send proposals and abstracts to Peter Read by 28 February

Conference themes.

1. Mixed Identities

How do you position yourself?
The role of family genealogies
Multiple identities
BiographyWriting about an identity
Negotiating the subject?s self-definition

2 . Controversial lives?

Upsetting the stereotype
Tensions: interpreting a life in the light of changing values
Upsetting conventional wisdom
What are the useful models?

3. Who Owns the Story?

Who are my audiences?
Working with or revealing other people?s secrets
Values and knowledges
How honest do I want to be/can I be?
Conflict with the living subject
Other people?s secrets
Conflicting values and knowledges
Who are my audiences?

4. Issues in presentation as autobiography for

Electronic media
Art galleries

5. Alternative Narratives and Technologies

The chronological narrative
Multiple voices
New media

6. That Elusive Relationship

Maintaining good relations with intimate friends and family - before, during and after publication
What is the desirable relationship between biographer and subject before, during and after publication?
Negotiating issues of private knowledge

7. The Performing Arts

Issues in autobiographical or biographical presentations
Music and song

8. Who Owns the Work?

The author
The family
The Indigenous community

Reviews: in what contexts do we want our work placed?

Australian Indigenous
World Indigenous
FeministNational literature
Biography or autobiography?
Art and Politics
How have Indigenous autobiographies and biographies changed in the past half-century?
Political contexts
Changing audiencePublic interest - has it remained/will it remain the same?

Friday, November 03, 2006

Trata bien a la tierra

Una concepción diferente del planeta que definitivamente da lugar a otra epistemología menos destructiva.

"Trata a la tierra bien, no te fue dada por tus padres, te fue prestada por tus hijos. Nosotros no heredamos la tierra de nuestros antepasados, la pedimos prestada de nuestros niños" [Mi traducción].

Proverbio indígena antiquísimo.

"Treat the Earth well; it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

-Ancient Indian Proverb