Event Details

Friday, 06 July 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Room 127
UQ Location:
Human Movement Studies Building (St Lucia)
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Ms Julia Finnane
3365 6912
Org. Unit:
Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences

Event Description

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A/Prof Gary Osmond: This paper seeks to extend understandings of Aboriginal sport history by arguing that sport constituted a site of resistance for many Queensland Aboriginal athletes in controlled settlements during the Protection Era. While examples of overt resistance in this context are rare, sport offered opportunities for acts of private resistance, defiance and opposition – what James C. Scott has called ‘everyday forms of resistance’ (1990: 196). This paper, which has emerged from an on-going collaborative research project with Aboriginal residents of settlements and missions across Queensland, explores resistance through oppositional acts such as clandestine drinking, pilfering and selective participation in sport. It aims for new insight into the socio-cultural practice and meanings of sport in Aboriginal communities historically and, more broadly, on decolonising sport history.

A/Prof Murray Phillips: Sport history as a discipline has rarely been subjected to a decolonising lens. There is a quantum of historical literature about the ways in which race relations have shaped Indigenous participation, opportunities and achievements but the discipline, as a distinct scholarly community, has not been assessed against the broader phenomenon of settler colonialism. Settler colonialism depicts a specific form of colonialism that seeks to erase Indigenous cultures and assert sovereignty over Indigenous lands. This presentation will provide some preliminary thoughts about how to interrogate the ways sport historians have contributed to, or confronted, settler colonialism through historical narratives. As a means to approach this investigation, the presentation will focus on the origins of three sports – Australian rules football, lacrosse and surfing – all of which have strong Indigenous identities.

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To St Lucia Campus, UQ Ipswich, and UQ Gatton.

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