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The F Word Address: Alison Whittaker

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Alison Whittaker delivers the address — Photo: Scott Limbrick

The F Word Address is our annual talk from an outstanding Australian woman on a pressing feminist issue. This year, our speaker is the phenomenal Alison Whittaker: poet, essayist, legal scholar and Gomeroi woman.

Whittaker’s address focusses on the complexities of using storytelling as a tool for justice for Blak women – in law, and in literature. How have traditions of sharing story among Indigenous people influenced how they articulate their histories, and assert their rights, in Western civil or criminal jurisdictions? Who are the audiences for Blak social justice narratives? And do Aboriginal women rely on a listening conscience that isn’t there?

In a 30-minute talk, followed by a short interview with host Claire G. Coleman, Whittaker draws on her legal research and writing work to consider the limits of storytelling – and to propose new ways to strengthen and centre storytellers themselves.

Photo of Claire G. Coleman and Alison Whittaker in conversation

Claire G. Coleman and Alison Whittaker in conversation — Photo: Scott Limbrick

The video of this event, which will be published soon, includes Auslan interpretation.


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