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Writing in the Eye of the Storm: Engaged Knowledge

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 12th, 2011

19 May , 2011
5:30 pmto7:30 pm

In this lecture Diane Bell explores three case studies than span three decades: Aboriginal women and land rights (1970s); violence against women (1980s); the Hindmarsh Island Bridge controversy (1990s). Each case, she argues, entailed a form of ‘engaged knowledge’, each had her writing in the ‘eye of the storm’. The fourth in which she is now engaged, the fight for the River Murray, has echoes of the previous three. Why continue to be embroiled in matters that are tagged ‘controversial’? What constitutes ‘objectivity’ in such situation? What lessons might be learned from a career of speaking truth to power?

Professor Diane Bell: writer, anthropologist, activist. Look for her on line – www.hurrysavethemurray.com. Diane is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at the George Washington University, DC, USA, Writer and Editor in Residence at Flinders University, Visiting Professor at Adelaide University and campaigns with the River, Lakes and Coorong Action Group.

RSVP 15 May: jeharrison@slv.vic.gov.au

Thursday 19 May, The Queen’s Hall, State Library of Victoria
5.30 pm drinks for 6 pm start

Presented by the Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies (CAIS) at Monash University.

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