Philosophy and PSIR Department Seminar: "Indigenous Australia: Language, Art, and the Struggle for a Place in Contemporary Australia"

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As a joint event of the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Ryan Manhire from Åbo Academy and from Flinders University will give a seminar titled “Indigenous Australia: Language, Art, and the Struggle for a Place in Contemporary Australia” in A Blok Class 303 on 15th April at 15:30.

Seminar language is English. You can find information about the talk and the speaker below.

Title:

Indigenous Australia: Language, Art, and the Struggle for a Place in Contemporary Australia

Abstract:

I will begin by providing a brief outline of the all-encompassing worldviews of Indigenous Australian ways of being in the world, which include the importance of place, language, and what have come to be referred to, in a very simplified way in English, as “Dreaming narratives”. I will then provide an historical and contemporary account of some of the consequences of British colonisation in Australia, before turning to a discussion of the way in which Indigenous Australian art, and Indigenous Australian language maintenance, are seen as two important ways of retaining a complex series of cultures and ways of being in the world that struggle to survive – due to hostile external forces – to this day.

Bio:

 Ryan Manhire is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at Åbo Akademi, Finland, and Flinders University, Australia. His Doctoral thesis focuses on the notion of moral certainty, as influenced by the philosophical writings of Ludwig Wittgenstein. Other areas of interest include the subjects of racism and dehumanisation, as well as the complex worldviews and languages of Indigenous Australians, and the consequences of colonisation.

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