Not Racist, But …: Indigenous Australia and Racism
What role does racism play in the entrenched disadvantage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia today? How does racism impact on the health of Indigenous Australians? How has racial oppression become institutionalised over the decades and how has this been rationalised since European settlement?
In this panel – the final in a series of four talks curated by Santilla Chingaipe – Crystal McKinnon, Mark McMillan and Maryrose Casey discuss the impact of racism in Australia today.
Crystal McKinnon is a Yamatji woman and is currently working at RMIT as a Vice Chancellor's Indigenous Research Fellow, where she sits within the Social Change Enabling Capability Platform (ECP) and an Australian Research Council Discovery Indigenous Project, Indigenous Leaders: Lawful Relations from Encounter to Treaty. The Discovery Indigenous project looks at lawful encounters between the State and Aboriginal communities of Victoria as historic sovereign practices that may inform current Treaty practices.
Dr Mark McMillan is a Wiradjuri man from Trangie, NSW. He is a Professor and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Education and Engagement) at RMIT University. In 2013 Mark was awarded the National NAIDOC Scholar of the Year award.
Maryrose Casey is an Associate Professor with the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre. She has published widely on Indigenous Australian theatre and performance. Her research focuses on the ways in which racism is embedded in the responses to the embodied presence of Indigenous Australians, both in the moment of performance and in the documentation of those performances from colonisation to the present.
Her major publications include the multi-award winning books Creating Frames; Contemporary Indigenous Theatre (2004), Telling Stories Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Performance (2012) and Transnational Whiteness Matters (2008), which she co-edited with Aileen Moreton-Robinson and Fiona Nicoll. She also edited the collection Embodying Transformation: Studies in Transnational Performance (2015).