Issue 31-32, April 2004

Editor: Elizabeth McMahon

This double-issue of Australian Humanities Review focuses on the politics and aesthetics of space, place and property. We also introduce a new segment deeply engaged with these matters, called The Ecological Humanities. We welcome your input and feedback to this innovative and crucial alliance of science and the humanities.

Target Essay

Gay Hawkins ponders the borders of our responses to personal and community waste in her analysis of “Shit in Public“.


In “Renovating Reality TV” Ian Buchanan focuses on The Block , the hit television program of 2003, to inquire into Australians’ faith in the capacity of television to intervene into and renovate their lives.

Emily Potter and Kay Schaffer’s essay “Rabbit-Proof Fence and the Commodification of Indigenous Experience” examines the interplay between global and local contexts in the screening and reception of the Phillip Noyce film.

Themed Reviews

Alison Holland reviews Bain Attwood & S.G. Foster (eds), Frontier Conflict. The Australian Experience and Bain Attwood, Rights for Aborigines.

Ian Maclean reviews Nikos Papastergiadis (ed.), Complex Entanglements Art, Globalisation and Cultural Diifference.

In “Making ‘Australia’ through Words” Suzanne Eggins reviews The Default Country: a lexical cartography of twentieth-century Australia by JM Arthur.

Marguerite Nolan reviews Looking For Blackfellas’ Point: An Australian History of Place by Mark McKenna.

In “Regarding Islands” Daniel Bedggood reviews Rod Edmond and Vanessa Smith (eds) Islands in History and Representation.

Non-themed reviews

Tony Harris reviews Jenny Hocking and Colleen Lewis (eds), It’s Time Again: Whitlam and Modern Labor.

In “Criticism Without Myth?” ¬† Richard Smith reviews the first three titles in the Australian Screen Classics series from Currency Press.

The Ecological Humanities

The Ecological Humanities in Action: An Invitation by Deborah Bird Rose.

Libby Robin reviews Andreas Roepstorff, Nils Bubandt and Kalevi Kull (eds) Imagining Nature: Practices of Cosmology and Identity.

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