Friday, April 24, 2009

Indigenous Participation in Australian Economies: Call for Papers


“Indigenous Participation in Australian Economies: Perspectives from Anthropology, History and Material Culture Studies.”

A Conference to be held at the National Museum of Australia, in association with the School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Faculty of Arts, Australian National University.

Monday 9 November – Tuesday 10 November 2009

Proposals for panels and papers are invited on the theme of Indigenous participation in Australian economies, from the perspectives of anthropology, history or material culture studies, or some combination of these perspectives. A linking theme will be the development of local ‘hybrid economies’ involving the articulation of Indigenous and settler social and economic forms, and the emergence of new complexes of transactions and relations. We hope to cover a broad variety of economies from whaling to CDEP, across the span of more than two centuries. Papers which consider the characteristics of the material culture of local economies, from saddles to art, and material evidence of Indigenous participation, such as photographs, will be welcome.

Panels so far proposed include:

The transformation of relations and transactions within and around missions and stations.

The role of sexuality in the intercultural economy in Australia.

Transactions between fringe camps and towns.

The period of transition from low wage/ no wage to CDEP.

Stolen wages and the contemporary efforts to secure recompense

Please send abstracts of papers addressing one or more of the conference themes (these need not be attached to a panel at this stage, but will be assigned to panels later), and/or proposals for panels by email to
or by mail to:
IPAE Conference
School of Archaeology and Anthropology
Faculty of Arts
Australian National University
ACT 0200

Ian Keen
on behalf of the organising committee: Ian Keen, Christopher Lloyd, Michael Pickering, Anthony Redmond, Fiona Skyring, John White.

Conference secretary: Natasha Fijn

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