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Environmental history beyond the ivory tower

Dr Libby Robin, National Museum of Australia

Historical Interpretation series, 29 October 2008

Environmental historian Libby Robin talks about the uses of environmental history in museums in Australia and New Zealand as a bridge between the traditions of natural and social history.

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environment, museums, science

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The making of Australian Journeys

Dr Martha Sear, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 8 October 2008

Curator Martha Sear examines the evolution of the National Museum’s Australian Journeys gallery. She provides a comprehensive overview of the stories and the objects in this gallery, which looks at Australia’s connections to the world over time.

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exhibition, journeys, migration

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The Port of Aran

Michael Gibbons

Historical Interpretation series, 8 October 2008

Irish archaeologist Michael Gibbons talks about the history and archaeology of Killeany Harbour, Inis Mor on Aran Island off the coast of Ireland, as part of a broader survey of Irish antiquities.

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archaeology, migration

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Emily: the impossible modernist

John McDonald and Dr Margo Neale with Virginia Trioli

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 28 September 2008

ABC journalist Virginia Trioli discusses the work of artist Emily Kngwarreye with Sydney Morning Herald art critic John McDonald and National Museum curator Margo Neale. Does Emily’s work compare with modernism? Is it considered abstract expressionist?

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art, emily, exhibition, indigenous

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Ninety years ago on a French hillside: a story of Mont St Quentin

Dr Peter Stanley, National Museum of Australia

Historical Interpretation series, 31 August 2008

The story of one Australian platoon involved in the 1918 battle of Mont St Quentin, as told by historian Peter Stanley, who follows the 12 men throughout their lives.

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biography, conflict

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Into the west: Torres Strait Islander railway workers, migration and belonging

Dr Shino Konishi, Australian National University

Historical Interpretation series, 28 August 2008

Historian Shino Konishi explores the experiences in the 1960s of young Torres Strait Islander men who moved from the Torres Strait to the Australian mainland to work on railway construction.

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indigenous, industry, migration, work

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Janet on the spot

Janet Holmes à Court and Dr Margo Neale

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 23 August 2008

Renowned art collector Janet Holmes à Court discusses the deeply moving work of Aboriginal artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye with National Museum curator Margo Neale.

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art, collection, emily, indigenous

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Emily Kngwarreye’s practice of painting: an international perspective

Professor Terry Smith, University of Pittsburgh, United States

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 22 August 2008

Art historian Terry Smith explores how Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s work operates between the evolution of Indigenous and non-Indigenous art in Australia. He draws comparisons with the achievements of contemporary European artists.

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art, emily, indigenous

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The possible modernist: an ‘insider’ view

Dr Ian McLean, University of Western Australia

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 22 August 2008

Art historian Ian McLean offers a view based on the Australian post-colonial experience, arguing that Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s form of modernism is different from international modernism in both source and history.

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art, emily, indigenous

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A new ritual in contemporary Aboriginal art

Dr Sally Butler, University of Queensland

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 22 August 2008

The art of Emily Kame Kngwarreye and the use of cultural rituals to demonstrate Aboriginal modernity is explored by curator Sally Butler. She also compares Emily’s art practices to 1970s and 1980s modernist design techniques.

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art, emily, indigenous

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