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Promises and lies: Wiradjuri experiences of Australian modernity

13 February 2018Register online

An "ultimate peer review" presented by Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre (SSSHARC).

The University of Sydney has brought brilliant and relevant international research authority Professor Sylvie Poirier to Sydney from Laval University in Canada to closely evaluate the manuscript of Promises and lies: Wiradjuri experiences of Australian modernity, with the aim of helping it realise its potential to become a landmark work.

Cutting through swathes of myth-making by nation-builders, anthropologists and historians, Promises and lies spans two centuries of Wiradjuri trauma, humour, hope and achievement as their country became the pastoral and agricultural heartland of NSW. Relegated to historical oblivion, social values and moral authority nevertheless sustained a Wiradjuri distinctive lifestyle over time. This remarkable history presents a fresh perspective on failed government policies, examining why current policy is more destructive for Wiradjuri people than even the violence of the frontier.

The presentation will include time for questions from the audience.

Event details

  • When: 5.30–7.30pm

  • Where: Lecture Theatre 26, New Law School Building F10, Eastern Avenue
    New Law School F10
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  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: Register online

  • Contact: Claire Stevens
    T: +61 9351 5359

  • More info: Drinks and nibbles will be provided from 5.30pm

  • Presenter: Gaynor MacDonald is a senior lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney

  • Interlocutor: Sylvie Poirier is professor in the Department of Anthropology, Université Laval, Canada. She has been conducting research with Aboriginal people in the Australian Western Desert since 1980 and with the Atikamekw, a First Nation in north-central Quebec, since 1990. She is the author of A world of relationships. Itineraries, Dreams and Events in the Australian Western Desert (2005); co-editor (with John Clammer and Eric Schwimmer) of Figured Worlds. Ontological Obstacles in Intercultural Relations (2004); and co-editor (with Françoise Dussart) of Entangled Territorialities. Negotiating Indigenous Lands in Australia and Canada (2017).

SSSHARC Ultimate Peer Review - Promises and Lies: Wiradjuri Experiences of Australian Modernity


Eastern Avenue
New Law School Lecture Theatre 026
The University of Sydney 


13 February 2018

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