Symposium: (Post) Colonial Fictions... at Univ. Adelaide

Hugh W. Jarvis (hjarvis@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU)
Thu, 26 Oct 1995 10:55:08 -0400

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Date: Thu, 26 Oct 1995 16:30 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Conference announcement

Please announce the following conference or notify me of the proper address=
which to send it. Many thanks, KAY S

Symposium: (Post) Colonial Fictions: Re-reading Eliza Fraser and=20
The Wreck of the 'Stirling Castle'.=20
University of Adelaide,=20
Adelaide, South Australia 5005
25-26 Nov., 1995.
Contact: Kay Schaffer,=20
Department of Women's Studies,
+61 8 303 5267(ph), +61 8 303 3345 (FAX)

Post-colonial studies have attempted to re-evaluate and re-write colonial=
history to include those people either marginalised or subjugated by the=20
colonial process. This two day symposium will explore a different aspect o=
post-colonial discourse through the exploration of one of the best known ev=
in Australian colonial history. In 1836 the 'Stirling Castle' was wrecked =
the Queensland coast and many of the crew together with the Captain's wife=
Eliza, were marooned on Fraser Island. Events surrounding the rescue of th=
castaways, in particular Mrs. Fraser, received international media attentio=
n. =20
In the last 160 years the story of Eliza Fraser has become the subject of=
popular myth, fiction, drama, film, opera and art in national and internati=
contexts through the works of Patrick White, Sidney Nolan, Michael Ondaatje=
Andr=82 Brink and others. The legend has attracted scholarly research in t=
areas of cultural studies, literature, history, anthropology, archaeology,=
women's studies, and the visual arts. (Post) Colonial Fictions will examin=
critically the Eliza Fraser saga by bringing together, for the first time, =
interdisciplinary team of academics, authors, artists and Butchella elders=
descended from the Fraser Island Aboriginal community. Discussions will in=
feminist, deconstructive and anti-colonial analyses of the incident, critiq=
of textual and iconographic representations of Aboriginal people in 19th ce=
texts of Empire, and 'Eliza Fraser' as a creative inspiration for the arts.

In conjunction with the symposium there will be a special art exhibition of=
Badtjala artist Fiona Foley's works at the South Australian Museum and a=20
performance of the theatre opera: "Eliza Fraser Sings" (Arranged by Peter=
Sculthorpe/libretto by Barbara Blackman).