(Un)Belonging : In Search of New Representations, Negotiations, Entanglements, An Australian Studies Symposium, 19-20 November, 2021, Brno, Czech Republic

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Year of publication 2021
Type Conference
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Faculty of Arts

Description How is a sense of belonging on the personal, regional, national, and transnational level narrativized and dramatized by various groups in contemporary Australia? How have recent Indigenous-led political interventions, such as the Uluru Statement from the Heart, calls for constitutional recognition and treaty talk, altered debates about (un)belonging? What role(s) do global warming, Australia’s climate paradox and/or Anthropocene perspectives play in shaping ideas of (un)belonging? What about renewed concern for lands, rivers, seas, and fl ora and fauna in the face of mining destruction, deforestation, ferocious bushfires, cyclones, droughts, and floods? Do these environmental disasters prompt new considerations about belonging? Through posing and contemplating these questions, this symposium aims to intervene in the complex discussions of contested belongings in Australia by extending and updating these debates, drawing attention to the multiple and multi-layered ways in which claims and contestations to belong, or not, are represented, negotiated, and entangled in Australia today.
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