Australian Literature in the Shadow of Colonial Patriarchy

Presenter/s: ANU Gender Institute

Event type: Symposium

Event date: Monday, 24 October 2022 - 9:00am to Tuesday, 25 October 2022 - 4:00pm

Event venue: RSSS, ANU and Online

Further information: Key Note Registration


Further information: In Conversation Registration


Further information: Program

Long histories of racism and misogyny continue to manifest and reproduce themselves in contemporary cultures in both obvious and surreptitious ways.


Work within both Australian critical scholarship and creative productions has attended to the ongoing effects of the disaster of invasion, and the regimes of injustice and inequalities that white settler society brought to Australia, with colonisation forming the bedrock of the past and present of the nation’s literary culture. Old biases and traditional power structures— including those that are built into the very design of both research methodologies and teaching curricula—nevertheless continue to condition how we write, read, think and investigate literature.


Australian Literature in the Shadow of Patriarchy offers a fresh approach to these vital questions. Foregrounding both new and established Indigenous voices, as well as the productions of both creative and critical writers who teach us new ways to understand Australian literature, it investigates the ways in which race-, gender- and sex-based privilege continue to haunt and shape critical and creative production and reception of the colonial past and present.


Monday 24th October, 9am – 5pm: In-person (hybrid)

Tuesday 25th October, 9am-11am: In person (hybrid), 1pm – 4pm (online)




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