jeudi 27 octobre 2011
Public Lecture: 'In the aftermath of Empire: performances of indigenous re-empowerment in Aotearoa New Zealand'
6.00-7.00pm, 17 November 2011
Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre
University of Melbourne
Empires rise, empires fall. In their aftermath, all over the world, indigenous survivors of European imperialism – if there are survivors – are left to count the cost, to regroup in order to recover the integrity and ensure the continuity of their societies and cultures, following periods of intense subjugation. In the Treaty of Waitangi (1840) the British Crown guaranteed New Zealand’s indigenous people ownership of their properties and accorded them ‘all the rights and privileges of British subjects.’ What followed, however, was a long and sordid history of sequestration and disempowerment until the Treaty of Waitangi Act of 1975 provided the legal instrument by which the dispossessed could seek redress, politicised Māori and ignited a resurgence of Māori nationalism and culture. Progressive re-empowerment has been expressed in epic socio-political cultural performances such as the Hikoi or Land March of 1975, the Foreshore and Seabed Hikoi of 2004, fierce Ngāi Tuhoe resistance, and the ‘repatriation’ of the impressive carved ancestral meeting house, Mataatua, to its people by way of Sydney, Melbourne, London and Dunedin, and acquiring a carved representation of Phar Lap on the way. There are lessons to be drawn from such post-imperial events for colonised indigenous people around the world.
Symposium: 'Conflict and Conciliation Across Empires: Objects and Performances in Historical Perspective'
Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre
University of Melbourne
This symposium seeks to explore how the legacies of colonial negotiations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples have contributed to nation building and the popular historical imagination in Australia and other locations in the Asia-Pacific, from the era of European colonization to the present.
This conference features contributions from academics, curators and artists in the examination of imperial histories of contact and conciliation, and of diplomacy ‘on the ground’ in these varied locations. Speakers will consider how objects, images and political performances – both non-Indigenous and Indigenous – frequently work together to both inscribe and consolidate and resist or subvert dominant narratives of colonial settlement. Comparative and transnational perspectives across and within European empires in the region are included.
This symposium has been convened by Penny Edmonds, Kate Darian-Smith and Julie Evans, as part of the ARC funded Linkage project ‘Conciliation Narratives and the Historical Imagination in British Pacific Rim Settler Societies’. The Industry partners for this project are the National Museum of Australia, Museum Victoria, and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. For further information see: http://australian-centre.unimelb.edu.au/conciliation-narratives.
This symposium is free, however RSVPs are requested for catering purposes. Please contact Sharon Harrison: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA) administers an award for the most outstanding doctoral thesis completed at an Australian university that clearly and extensively engages with feminist paradigms.
The nominations for next year's award close on 16 January 2012, for a graduate whose dissertation was passed between November 2009 and November 2011.
Nomination forms are on the AWGSA website at http://www.awgsa.org.au.
mercredi 26 octobre 2011
REMISE DES TRAVAUX/ SUBMISSION OF THESES :
Potential participants wishing to take part in the 2012 Excellence Award competition can already get in touch with Philippe Palombo, General Manager of the Albert Bousquet Psychiatric Hospital (Nouville, New-Caledonia), for further particulars.
The Australalsia-South Pacific Prize will be of interest particularly to Australianists, may they be French or English-speaking.
Les candidats putatifs souhaitant remettre leurs travaux pour 2012 peuvent d’ores et déjà prendre contact avec Philippe Palombo (bureau 24.36.31/ P.PALOMBO@chs.nc), Directeur Général du centre hospitalier Albert Bousquet (Nouville) afin de se renseigner sur les modalités du concours. Le Prix Australalsie-Pacifique Sud s’adresse notamment aux australianistes, qu’ils soient francophones ou anglophones.
Toute information complémentaire peut être demandée à M. Alain Funel, téléphone : 79 55 83.
L’objet de Thèse-Pac est de favoriser leur diffusion, grâce au service territorial des archives, à la bibliothèque Bernheim, CDP, à l’université de la Nouvelle-Calédonie et aux organismes qui en souhaitent des copies.
Thèse-Pac remercie ici les différents partenaires qui rendent possible ce concours.
- Le parrainage des deux premiers prix est assuré par la division VI du Kiwani’s club de Nouvelle-Calédonie qui est à l’origine du financement de ce concours pour le premier prix « Nouvelle-Calédonie » et le Lions club de Nouméa doyen pour le premier prix « Australasie-Pacifique-Sud » (prix Jean-Pierre Piérard).
- Une subvention de la Mairie de Nouméa nous permet de doter tous les deuxièmes et troisièmes prix.
- L’institut Pasteur de Nouméa, le CHT « Gaston Bourret » et l’association « AIRAIN » soutiennent les travaux concernant le secteur de la santé par quatre prix spécifiques.
- Koniambo Nickel SAS pour un prix relatif à la promotion de l’environnement.
Tout cela dénote de la part de nos partenaires institutionnels la ferme volonté d’aider à une meilleure connaissance du Pacifique et à une reconnaissance des travaux réalisés sur la Nouvelle-Calédonie malgré leurs difficultés budgétaires.
Thèse-Pac n’oublie pas pour autant l’aide financière ponctuelle que nous accorde la province Sud pour notamment, la réalisation du bulletin Thèse-Pac ou l’achat de thèses anciennes. Il serait trop long de citer toutes les personnes et tous les services qui veulent bien nous aider dans nos recherches.
Il est à noter que quelque 1000 travaux universitaires ont été recueillis par Thèse-Pac et entreposés au service des archives territoriales, qui par convention, gère notre fonds afin de mieux le faire connaître des chercheurs.
Enfin, il est rappelé qu’à l’issue dudit concours le 24e concours annuel Thèse-Pac est ouvert. Tous les intéressés peuvent y participer jusqu’au 30 juillet 2012. Il suffit pour cela d’envoyer une copie de son travail accompagné d’une lettre.
Parmi les travaux proposés par les universités australiennes, il y avait celui de Monsieur Léuli Eshraghi: Nous sommes possibles, très possibles. Vers des espaces de possibilité dans l’écriture océanienne de langue française, mémoire de maîtrise (Honours), School of Languages and Linguistics, University of Melbourne, décembre 2009, 56pp.
Cet opuscule de 56 pages comprend 51 pages de texte, une bibliographie flanquée d’appendices et d’une table des matières. Même si ce travail témoigne des maladresses d’un jeune chercheur, il se remarque par la clarté – sinon l’élégance – du style, la simplicité du propos, la correction de la langue (car les coquilles sont plutôt rares), la très bonne maîtrise du français comme de l’anglais et l’érudition de la culture océanienne postcoloniale. L’auteur, Léuli Eshraghi, propose une analyse spatiale de la littérature océanienne francophone et anglophone qu’il cantonne malheureusement à l’analyse de trois auteurs du Pacifique : Epeli Hau’ofa pour l’anthologie : We are the Ocean : Selected Works (2008), Nicolas Kurthovitch pour son roman français intitulé Good Night Friend (2006) et Marcel Melthéororong pour son récit Tôghàn (2007), trois œuvres résolument contemporaines.
Malgré les origines diverses des 3 auteurs (un Fidjien, un Caldoche et un Ni-Vanuatais), Monsieur Eshraghi parvient à trouver des correspondances entre chaque récit qui permettent de faire la lumière sur leur dimension socioculturelle. Le traitement de l’espace (urbain, rural incarné par la brousse et la vallée, insulaire et celui des institutions totalitaires) fait figure de fil d’Ariane même si l’ambition de Monsieur Eshraghi se voulait plus grande en recouvrant la dimension spatiotemporelle. Malgré le fait que cet adjectif revient comme un leitmotiv dans ses écrits, il n’en demeure pas moins que le temps n’est jamais traité de manière évidente, et ne fait l’objet d’aucune partie à part entière.
Tout bien pesé, le présent opuscule fait œuvre utile puisqu’il a le mérite de promouvoir des littératures d’émergence qui ne demandent qu’à trouver leur place au sein de la communauté que constituent les ardents défenseurs des lettres du Pacifique.
Ce travail n'est pas passé loin d'être primé par le jury THESE-PAC.
La date de la remise des prix aura lieu le 20 décembre 2011 aux Archives territoriales
I – JURY SANTE-SOCIAL –
-Prix Gaston Bourret
25 000 F : Foret, Janie, L’accompagnement d’un patient agité. Contention : abus ou nécessité ?, travail de fin d’études, diplôme d’Etat d’infirmier, institut de formation des professions sanitaire et sociale Valentine-Buaillon, promotion 2008-2011, 20 p. et annexes.
25 000 F : Souenon, Sandra, Rester professionnelle face à sa famille, travail de fin d’études, diplôme d’Etat d’infirmier, institut de formation des professions sanitaire et sociale Valentine-Buaillon, promotion 2008-2011, 22 p.
-Prix AIRAIN (25 000 F)
Boutin, ép. Cassez, Béatrix, La main de Sophie, entendre le cri pour qu’il devienne parole, travail de fin d’études, diplôme d’Etat d’infirmier, institut de formation des professions sanitaire et sociale Valentine-Buaillon, promotion 2008-2011, 23 p. et annexes.
-Prix Institut Pasteur Nouvelle-Calédonie (25 000 F)
Pivert, Cécile, Intoxications aux cardénolides par apocynacée (Cerbera Manghas) via la consommation de crabe de cocotier (Birgus Latro) en Nouvelle-Calédonie, thèse de doctorat en médecine, université de Rennes 1, faculté de médecine, 2010, 115 p.
II – GRAND JURY –
- Prix Nouvelle-Calédonie
- Division VI du Kiwani’s club Nouvelle-Calédonie (100 000 F)
Mokaddem, Hamid, Anthropologie politique de la Nouvelle-Calédonie contemporaine, constitution et médiation des espaces publics insulaires, thèse de doctorat d’anthropologie sociale et d’ethnologie, école des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, 2010, 693 p.
- Mairie de Nouméa (25 000 F)
Bencivengo, Yann, La société le Nickel. Une entreprise au cœur de la naissance de l’industrie du nickel (1880-1914), thèse de doctorat, université Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2010, trois volumes, 2016 p.
- Mairie de Nouméa (15 000 F)
Fizin, Magulue, Paul, Lifou 1793-1923 : histoire des contacts entre kanak et Européens, mémoire de master d’histoire contemporaine, université de Bordeaux III « Michel de Montaigne », 2007-2008, 212 p.
- Prix Pacifique Sud
1. Prix Jean-Pierre Piérard (Lions club doyen de Nouméa, 100 000 F)
Pommès-Tissandier, Marianne, Une approche de la conservation-restauration du patrimoine kanak, mémoire de master d’art en conservation des matériaux culturels, université de Melbourne, faculté des arts, 2005, 132 p.
2. Mairie de Nouméa (25 000 F)
Dotte-Sarout, Emilie, « Le bois ancêtre ». Arbres, forêts et occupation kanak précoloniale sur la grande terre de Nouvelle-Calédonie : étude de cas et approche anthracologique dans la vallée de la Tiwaka (Nord-Est), thèse en anthropologie, ethnologie et préhistoire, université de Paris I-Sorbonne (UFR histoire de l’art)-Australian National University, 2010, 3 volumes, 447 p et annexes.
3. Mairie de Nouméa (15 000 F)
Goarant, Cyrille, Bactéries pathogènes, hôtes et environnement : une approche multifactorielle pour l’étude de la leptospirose en Nouvelle-Calédonie, mémoire pour l’obtention du diplôme d’HDR, laboratoire de recherche en bactériologie, institut Pasteur de Nouvelle-Calédonie, 2010, 81 p.
- Prix Koniambo Nickel SAS (30 000 F)
Lepauvre, Nicolas, Choix des sites pour les quais d’apports volontaires à Nouméa : une réflexion d’aménagement, mémoire de Master I aménagement et développement territorial, université de la Nouvelle-Calédonie, 2010, 62 p.
dimanche 23 octobre 2011
TROUBLE MAGAZINE is an independent monthly magazine edited by Steve Proposch (a.ka. Troublemaker) and devoted to the promotion of arts and culture. They distribute 20,000 (circulation audited) FREE copies nationally each month. TROUBLE MAGAZINE is a very popular and extremely gorgeous A6 format which is usually around 72pp.
Their latest issue can be seen in pageflip version (good for iPhones and iPads, etc.) here:
Their front page is: http://www.introuble.com.au/www2/index.php
For articles check this link: http://www.introuble.com.au/www2/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=21&Itemid=65
mercredi 19 octobre 2011
Papers are sought for an anticipated special issue of Antipodes devoted to Australian writing from 1960 to 1973. The collection will focus on the tension between continuity and change during that period. Some possible topics include: reception of Alan Seymour’s play The One Day of the Year; the emergence of published Indigenous writing, such as Oodgeroo Noonuccal’s We Are Going; the early work of Mudrooroo; novels leading up to Patrick White’s 1973 Nobel Prize, including Riders in the Chariot, The Solid Mandala and The Vivisector; Xavier Hebert; Hal Porter; Miles Franklin Prize-winners of the 1960s such as Elizabeth O’Connor, Randolph Stow, Thea Astley, George Turner, Sumner Locke Elliott, Peter Mathers, George Johnston and Dal Stivens; the poetry of Rosemary Dobson, David Campbell, Judith Wright, Gwen Harwood, James McAuley, A. D. Hope, Peter Porter and others; early Thomas Keneally works; migrant writers such as Dimitris Tsaloumas and Manfred Jurgensen; Barry Humphries; children’s writing from Ruth Park and Colin Thiele; the impact and influence of Williamson’s Don’s Party; Michael Dransfield; and the early work of Wilding and Moorhouse. Memoirs of the 1960s, such as Richard Neville’s Hippie Hippie Shake and Sally Morgan’s My Place are also appropriate topics for discussion. The growth of Australian literature as an academic discipline during the 1960s may also be explored, as well as the rise of literary periodicals such as Quadrant and Australian Literary Studies. All Antipodes articles are refereed by multiple readers and the final submission of the article should be in MLA style. Please submit abstracts to Mark Klemens at email@example.com by April 15.
Ilura Press and Lentil as Anything are proud to invite you to the launch of
Lentil as Anything: Food, Culture, Community
Lentil as Anything has helped shape our cultural identity for over a decade. Now, with support from the National Australia Bank and the Australia Council for the Arts, a culturally significant publication has been created. Lentil as Anything: Food, Culture, Community provides a snapshot of the lives, struggles, and triumphs of many wonderful people, capturing the essence of community in a fascinating cultural and culinary work. It was two years in the making, and we hope you will agree that it is an exquisite production and an important social document. All profit from sales of the book will assist Lentil as Anything and its many community projects.
When: Saturday, 12 November 2011, 2-4pm
Hosted by Andrew Gill (MC Extraordinaire)
To print your official invitation, please click here.
RSVP by 31 October to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you can't make it to the launch, you can still support Lentil as Anything by purchasing a copy of the book at our online bookshop.
jeudi 13 octobre 2011
If you intend to write your presentation up as a paper for publication, please submit it via the JASAL website and we will consider it for the JASAL conference issue. JASAL is a fully refereed journal. The JASAL homepage is: http://www.nla.gov.au/openpublish/index.php/jasal. Author guidelines are available at at: http://www.nla.gov.au/openpublish/index.php/jasal/about.
Postgraduate students – please consider submitting your work for consideration for the AD Hope prize.
The deadline for submissions is 30 November 2011.
Sue Martin, Ken Gelder and Larissa McLean Davies
RSVPs are requested by 2 December 2011. For more information or to RSVP please email email@example.com.
3-6 July 2012
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Before there was Australia and New Zealand there were the colonies – NSW, Victoria, Van Diemen’s Land, Queensland, South Australia, New Zealand. Now there are competing nationalisms (including internal ones), but countless filiations continue to span the Tasman – people, language, politics, sentiment, ecology, history, art, sport and literature. Can we revisit the literary history of our two nations and uncover the ways in which the ‘Tasman World’, as James Belich terms it, continues into the twenty-first century?
The theme for the 2012 ASAL conference is inspired by Grace Karsken’s history of early Sydney, The Colony, praised for its outstanding sense of place. Is it possible to disaggregate contemporary national binaries in ways that allow us to see the many continuities as well as the divergences with which we generate our sense of place? As critical writing shifts focus and gear – to eco-criticism, transnationalism, ‘field’, curriculum and emotion – do the old postcolonial verities and paradigms become less important?
Papers are invited on any aspect of the broad theme above, including:
- Colonial literature
- Spatial theory
- Indigenous theory and methodology
- The indigenous nation
- Literary history
- City literatures
- Print cultures
- Pasifika and Asian connections
- Cultural cringe
- Literary nationalisms
- Regions and their voices
- Literary economies
Proposals may focus on, but need not be limited to:
- Institutionalisation, interdisciplinarity and collaboration
- Measuring and valuing digital research
- Publication and dissemination
- Research applications and interfaces for digital collections
- Designing and curating online resources
- Digital textuality and literacy
- Curriculum and pedagogy
- Culture, creativity, arts, music, performance
- Electronic critical editions
- Digitisation, text encoding and analysis
- Communities and crowdsourcing
- Infrastructure, virtual research environments, workflows
- Information mining, modelling, GIS and visualisation
- Critical reflections on digital humanities futures
Proposals are requested by 11 November 2011. Please see the conference website for more details: http://aa-dh.org/conference.
Anthem Press in London have initiated a new books series, the Australian Humanities Research Series, which we hope will become an important new outlet for book publications in the field of Australian literature. The URL for the series is:
Please visit the site and see advice on manuscript submissions.
jeudi 6 octobre 2011
Simon Leys writes in French and English; one of his French novels The Death of Napoleon was translated by ISFAR committee member Patricia Clancy. Black Inc has just published his book ‘The Hall of Uselessness: Collected Essays’.
The Hall of Uselessness: Collected Essays
AUTHOR: SIMON LEYS
THE ESSENTIAL WORK OF AN EMINENT CRITIC. Simon Leys' cultural and political commentary has long been legendary for its profundity and acerbic wit. In *The Hall of Uselessness* his most significant essays are finally gathered together, on subjects ranging from China to Orwell, from Quixotism to the sea. Leys feuds with Christopher Hitchens, ponders the popularity of Victor Hugo and analyses whether Nabokov's unfinished novel should ever have been published. He dissects Mao's Cultural Revolution and the Khmer Rouge, and discusses Waugh, Simenon and Confucius. He considers Chinese art, culture and politics, the joys and difficulties of literary translation and the fate of the university. *The Hall of Uselessness* is an illuminating compendium from a brilliant and highly acclaimed writer – a long-time resident of Australia who is truly a global citizen.
The Melbourne Salon is brought to you by RMIT University, ISFAR (Institute for the Study of French-Australian Relations) and the Alliance Française de Melbourne.
The Melbourne Salon is a place where curious and open-minded people can engage in French-Australian cross-cultural dialogues. Talks are in English; subsequent discussions in French or English.
The Melbourne Salon meets 3 times a year at the Alliance Française de Melbourne, 51 Grey St., St Kilda.
School of English, Media Studies and Art History
The University of Queensland
The Alfred Midgley Postgraduate Scholarship - Established in 2010
The purpose of this scholarship is to support a research higher degree student (MPhil or PhD) engaged in research in the field of Australian literature working in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History. It was established by a bequest from the estate of Zoe Ann Burnett, in memory of her grandfather the late Dr Alfred Midgley. Dr Midgley contributed to many aspects of early Queensland life. He was a member of the ninth Queensland parliament, an early published Queensland poet, and a minister in the Methodist Church. Zoe Ann Burnett graduated in Arts from The University of Queensland in 1948 and was awarded a Master of Literary Studies in 1989.The deadline for applications for 2012 is Friday 16 December 2011. Download the application form here (http://www.emsah.uq.edu.au/index.html?page=149430&pid=0).
The minimum amount of the scholarship will be $6000 and the maximum amount will not exceed the annual distributable income of the estate of Zoe Ann Burnett. One or more scholarships may be awarded each year, on the recommendation of the Head of School.
For further information contact Professor David Carter: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. The Blue Mountains and Australian Writing, 11-13 October
Day registrations ($60 for Wednesday including lunch, $25 for Thursday) are welcome for this conference next week at the Carrington Hotel in Katoomba. The full program is on the ASAL website, and includes papers by John McLaren, Judith Brett, Ken Stewart and Michael Sharkey, as well as visits to Varuna and Mount Wilson. Please let Susan Lever know for catering: email@example.com.
3. Such is Life: In Search of Tom Collins
South-West NSW, 11 days from 25 March 2012
In late March 2012, the ASALvets group will be following the trail of Tom Collins through outback NSW looking at the works of Joseph Furphy. There is no better place to discuss Such is Life than in the midst of the landscapes portrayed in it; we will see the ‘Bend in the Lachlan’, stay at stations like ‘Runnymede’, and explore the Willandra Billabong.
Departing from Canberra, the tour will follow the route of the early white settlers as they made their way down the Murrumbidgee River to Narrandera and Hay before heading north to the Lachlan River, attempting to trace some of the routes Tom Collins would have taken driving his bullock wagon to Runnymede and beyond. We will then spend some time at Willandra Homestead, close to Furphy’s fictitious ‘Runnymede’. From Willandra we will return to the Murrumbidgee River at Balranald before heading north-west to the lake systems of Willandra Creek and the World Heritage listed site of Lake Mungo. Mildura is our next stop, to see the ‘Mighty Murray’ and discuss its importance in the history of settlement and rural economy. After catering for ourselves at Willandra and Mungo, we will spoil ourselves with dinner at Stefano’s Restaurant, located in the cellars of the Grand Hotel.
We will then move on to Broken Hill via Wentworth and then Menindee, where Burke and Wills rested on their ill-fated expedition. We will also visit Silverton and Mutawintji National Park while in the area. For a full brochure about the trip, please contact Susan Lever at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The peer-reviewed quarterly Journal of Postcolonial Cultures and Societies is published online from Wright State University's Lake Campus and is published in limited print runs from the United States.The journal will include articles of 4,000 to 7,000 words on all aspects of postcolonial cultures and societies, including the diasporic communities of Europe and North America.
We invite submissions from a broad range of disciplines, including but not limited to business, communication, comparative studies, economics, education, fine arts, geography, history, language studies, literature, political science, regional studies, sociology, and rural and urban studies.
Each issue of the journal will also include a section devoted to creative writing'sfiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction. There are no restrictions on style or subject, except that the author should be a native of a postcolonial region or a member of a diasporic community or the subject should be related directly to the journal's focus. We also invite photos and artwork, which should be submitted initially as low-resolution bitmaps.
The aim of the journal is to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the academic discussion and creative representation of postcolonial cultures and societies; to provide another venue for emerging and established scholars from around the world to engage in amulticultural exchange of ideas about postcolonial social, political realities and artistic and literary expression; and to promote the possibilities of constructive communication and change based on a fuller understanding of cultural differences and a greater appreciation of cross-cultural interests and aspirations.
Responses to the calls for papers for individual issues should be directed to the editors of those issues.
mardi 4 octobre 2011
DR RUBY LANGFORD GINIBI, Bundjalung woman, born 26th January (ironically) 1934 at Box Ridge Mission Coraki, died on 1st october 2011 at 10pm. Her youngest son Jeff was present with her as she went to her Dreaming.
Ruby Langford Ginibi (born 26 January 1934) is a Bundjalung woman, an acclaimed author and historian.
At 15, she moved to Sydney where she qualified as a clothing machinist. She married young and had nine children, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Like many women writers, she didn't start her writing career until later in life.
Her best known book is her autobiographical work, Don't Take Your Love to Town, published in 1988, which won the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Human Rights Award for Literature.
She received an inaugural History Fellowship from the NSW Ministry for the Arts in 1994, an inaugural honorary fellowship from the National Museum of Australia, Canberra, in 1995, and an inaugural doctorate of letters (Honors Causia) from La Trobe University, Victoria in 1998, and a Doctorate of Letters (Honors Causia) from Southern Cross University, Northern Rivers.
In 2005 she was awarded the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Special Award. She is a historian and lecturer on Aboriginal history, culture and politics. Her works are studied in Australian high schools and universities.
She recently won the 2006 Australia Council for the Arts Writers' Emeritus Award.
Dr Ginibi received the award, and prize of up to $50,000, at a ceremony during the Sydney Writers' Festival. The award recognises the achievements of writers over the age of 65.
In 2008, Dr Ginibi was a Don't DIS my ABILITY ambassador.
Dr Ginibi has written non-fiction books, essays, poems and short stories.
- Don't Take Your Love to Town, (Penguin, 1988)ISBN 9780702235955
- Real Deadly, (Angus & Robertson, 1992)
- My Bundjalung People, (UQP, 1994)
- Haunted by the Past, (Allen & Unwin, 1999)
- All My Mob, (UQP, 2007) ISBN 9780702235962
- A Journey into Bundjalung Country, with Pam Johnston
- Ruby Langford Ginibi, co-authored with John Barnes and Blanca Fullana
Ruby, although enjoying the awards, always said that she never did anything for the accolades and was always nervous of them as her experience of life told her that there was always a 'backhand', a fall, if one got too above oneself. Her delight in achievement was always measured by her humbleness in the face of what others did not have, not what she had. Her joy and generosity was notorious and she was loved for her ability to communicate, laugh, and simply give a hug. Her humanity was all encompassing and amazing considering the pain and loss that walked side by side with her throughout her life. The loss of three of her children, was an ongoing source of both heartbreak and compassion in her life.
Ruby says that a great source of her pride and happiness comes from having her children around her. She raised nine children as a single mother without support from the children's fathers and in poor and insubstantial living conditions. She speaks candidly of her experiences with men and the prejudice she felt was directed to her as a single mother.
As a child, she had a fairly disconnected family life. Her mother left when she was just six-years-old and her father had to work in other towns and the country to provide for his children. She grew up with family friends in different towns on the north coast of New South Wales.
Sometimes you don't know what you've lost until it's gone. What will we all do without Ruby?
A great source of anger and activity for Ruby was the rate of incarcerated Indigenous people in Australia. "We're not quite two per cent of the total population of Australia, yet we're the most incarcerated people in Her Majesty's gaols in this country." Within her own family incarceration was an ongoing and traumatic experience and she recognised that incarceration itself would define the future of Indigenous people unless the rates and causes were confronted in an honest way. Her anger and despair and any inequality was tempered by her humanity and ability to laugh. "Laugh", she always said, "because if you don't laugh you'll cry". Ruby's infectious laugh, her honesty, her generosity, compassion and love, are not only a great loss to her immediate family, which is extensive, but to the Australian nation as a whole.
ASAL responds in these words:
It is with great sadness that ASAL acknowledges the death of Bundjalung elder and acclaimed writer and historian Dr Ruby Langford Ginibi. Ruby died on October 1. Her loss will be keenly felt by many. We are grateful for the stories and memories she has left us.
CALL FOR GENEROSITY:
Funeral costs of Ruby Langford Ginibi
I returned late last night from the funeral of our beautiful friend who inspired us all so much. As you may have heard, her condition became serious during a period of 8-9 hours last Sunday night. She had been quite her usual self a couple of days before when I spoke to her before leaving for a conference in KL. In fact, she was looking forward to my bringing her back a dictaphone on my return so she could keep writing. She told me that she had written 10 stories by hand while at the nursing home.
The conditions following her death were very distressing as there was considerable conflict among her family members. Auntie Ruby had $7,800 in her funeral fund and the family were seeking an additional $13,200 so that she could be buried in her own plot. It was imperative that the funeral take place on Wednesday because Thursday and Friday were the birthdays of two of her children and they didn't want her to be buried on their birthdays.
I wanted Auntie Ruby to be buried with dignity and the only way I could achieve this was to guarantee the cost of her funeral myself. I feel I had no other choice. My partner, Mahinda, and I have taken out a redraw on our mortgage in order to fund the funeral.
Joseph Pugliese, Linda Westphalen and I have been lobbying federal and state government authorities to help with the expenses as Auntie Ruby was a national figure and in our view deserved a state funeral. The response so far hasn't been encouraging, but we will keep trying.
I call on academics and students of Auntie Ruby's writing to contribute financially to the cost of her funeral. Considering how much she gave us all, this is a chance to give something back.
Please feel free to forward this message to colleagues and institutions who may be willing to help.
School of Media, Culture & Creative Arts
GPO Box U1987,
Perth, WA 6845.
One of the panels is : Australasian and Commonwealth Bildungsromans
The panel welcomes proposals that examine Australian, New Zealand and other Commonweath Bildungsromans What are the differences between bildungsromans published at the beginning of the 20th century and bildungsromans published later? How do aboriginal authors employ the genre? What is the role of post-colonial and postmodern studies on Commonwealth bildungsromans? Though preference is given to Australasian literatures, Canadian and South African are also welcome. E-mail 250-400 word abstracts in body of email to Elizabeth Abele <email@example.com>. Deadline extended to Oct. 10.
dimanche 2 octobre 2011
A couple of weeks ago, Sofia Essen approached me to reply to a series of quick questions over the weekend. Here's the result of this wonderful and original initiative:
The rest of the interview is to be found here:
It was a pleasure to participate in Sofia Essen's project. I thought it might be courteous to reciprocate this initiative by asking Sofia to answer her own questions for my blog. And she readily accepted, so here are her questions and answers:
Link to Sofia Essen: http://sofia-essen.blogspot.com/