Autonomedia inspired. We had some incredible content at last month's Practitioners Forum which we will disseminate in an Autonomedia style publication titled Same but Different; and what a privilege to share the podium with so many gifted, intact, Aboriginal men and women. Same but Different will be on the streets in July 2014.
The Festival of Indigenous Studies. For the AIS team, and our constituency, 2014 will be a year long celebration of Indigenous Studies. in the first part of the year we'll be presenting symposiums on Whiteness, and the fiction of B. Wongar, as well as launching two more film productions. On 2&3 October we'll be convening a major symposium Reading the Country: After 30 years to mark the 30th anniversary of Reading the Country's publication. Stephen Muecke and some of the leading scholars of that generation will be in attendance. As well as giving papers they'll interact with emerging, young, and unincorporated scholars addressing the multi-facted themes of Reading the Country: Introduction to Nomadology. We'll conclude the year with a major film launch in early December.
Baraka, spiritual radiance, whatever - Nile Rogers was in town last week emphasising the importance of affirming, seeking, and doing - now, before what is written comes to pass. And what is written? Nobody knows.*
A happy Christmas from Australian Indigenous Studies.
*Conrad, The Rescue