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Language Under Occupation

David Ryding

Event Date: 3 August 2024 10:00 AM to 3 August 2024 11:00 AM
Author / Presenters: Evelyn Araluen, Hasib Hourani and Mykaela Saunders
Event Venue: The Wheeler Centre

I have all the theory in the world to explain the logics of our erasure, the violence of our replacements and our more palatable Others. […] But no one’s ever asked how we are both colonised by and inheritors of these words. – Evelyn Araluen, ‘To the Poets’, Dropbear (2021) Trace the contours of language, seek out its limits and push. Can we rewrite a city by changing its name? Histories are cut up, struck through, misplaced, misremembered. How do we work with what we’ve been given – when it was pressed upon us, against our will? Carrying the coloniser’s language, we are weary, stubborn, gentle, furious. Join these three brilliant Indigenous writers as they discuss how language is co-opted to serve colonisation, and how we might, in turn, make it our own.

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