Alter/Native Spaces , Journal de l’Association Européenne d’Etudes sur l’Australie (EASA), numéro spécial, volume 10, n°2. 2019

Alter/Native Spaces , Journal de l’Association Européenne d’Etudes sur l’Australie (EASA), numéro spécial, volume 10, n°2. 2019

édité par Vanessa Castejon et Salhia Ben Messahel

Cette publication qui réunit comme éditrices un membre titulaire du laboratoire et un membre associé (prof Salhia Ben Messahel), fait suite au congrès co-organisé à l’université de Toulon (congrès de l’association Européenne d’Etudes sur l’Australie) sur le même thème. Y figurent des contributions d’éminents collègues européens et australiens sur la question des “espaces Alter/Natifs” et également une recension d’un ouvrage de Matteo Dutto par Steven Muecke qui a été professeur invité à Pléiade en 2019.

The guest editors of Alter/Native Spaces seek to go beyond the postcolonial to examine how the prefix “alter” is linked both to the notion of an alternative and to the notion of multiplicity, and to explore how Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledges might interact and reframe the relationship between the settler nation and the Indigenous peoples. Through interdisciplinarity (history, anthropology, art, cultural sociology, political and cultural studies), Alter/Native Spaces focuses on the flexibility of boundaries, “in-betweenness,” and “transbelongings.” It examines the construction of alter/native spaces, imaginaries, or modes of inhabitance that can encourage new modes of rethinking difference and belonging.

This issue, which is the first of two, was brought together after the conference titled Alter/Native Spaces which Salhia Ben Messahel and Vanessa Castejon organized in 2019 at the University of Toulon for the European Association for Studies of Australia. Their interest in both decentring and Indigenous studies converged in Alter/Native Spaces.

Written just before the anti-racism protests and the Black Lives Matter movement, the articles presented in this issue can now be read under a different perspective. The discourses on nation, belonging and identity are even more present and the failures to produce new alternatives have been highlighted in Australia as they were in the United States and many “postcolonial” countries. In Australia, as in the US, everyday racism, institutional racism, and deaths in custody were condemned; intergenerational trauma surfaced, statues were torn down, mass demonstrations ignited, and memory was called to denounce the ongoing racism as it has been the case for years, decades, or even centuries. While answers to the race questions (including a treaty) are still expected, there has been a change in public discourse. Demonstrations have raised interest, and the media has given Aboriginal affairs heightened visibility. This new chapter in the struggle for racial equality was met by an unprecedented wave of solidarity and a heightened urge to commit to racial equality. Such acknowledgement is also part of this issue.

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Stephen Muecke (Université d’Adélaïde, Australie), professeur invité du laboratoire PLEIADE

Stephen Muecke est professeur à l’université d’Adélaide et professeur émérite d’ethnographie à l’université de New South Wales. Son travail actuel porte sur la mémoire autochtone en Australie à travers le projet  «Interpreting Australia’s Indigenous Heritage Trails », cartographie des chemins culturels, de mémoire, aborigènes.

Stephen Muecke a écrit 19 livres et reçus de nombreux prix, dans les domaines des études autochtones, des Etudes de l’Océan Indien, des Humanités expérimentales et sur le capitaine Cook. Il a été conférencier invité à New York, Chicago, Berlin, London, Paris, Halle, Kuala Lumpur, Kolkata, et à Kingston, Jamaïque. Il a enseigné dans les domaines suivants : Cultural Studies, Creative Writing, Ethnography et Environmental Humanities en Australie et à la Freie Universität, Berlin.

M. Stephen Muecke participera à une table-ronde le 25 septembre avec M. Pierre Nora (dont il a traduit en anglais l’introduction aux Essais d’Ego-histoire), M. Ivan Jablonka, M. Quentin Deluermoz et Mme Vanessa Castejon.

M. Muecke sera invité d’honneur au colloque de l’EASA (European Association for Studies on Australia) co-organisé par l’université Paris 13 et l’université de Toulon du 18 au 20 septembre 2019, à Toulon.

About Professor Stephen Muecke

Stephen Muecke is Jury Professor of English Language and Literature, School of Humanities, University of Adelaide, a research leadership position.

He has been a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities since 1998, and is Head of the Communication and Culture Section.

Qualifications: Ph.D, University of Western Australia, admitted 1982. Mès.L, Paris VIII, admitted 1976. BA(Hons), Monash University, admitted 1974.

Professor Muecke has taught Cultural Studies, Creative Writing, Ethnography and Environmental Humanities at several Australian universities, as well as the Freie Universität, Berlin.

He has carried out research funded by the Australian Research Council worth over a million dollars in the areas of Indigenous Studies, Indian Ocean studies, Experimental Humanities, and Captain Cook.

He has written pioneering and sometimes prize-winning books, including Reading the Country, No Road (bitumen all the way)] and Ancient & Modern: Time, Culture and Indigenous Philosophy. He has written or edited 19 books (not including several translations from French intellectuals) and numerousarticles and chapters.

He has spoken as a keynote at conferences around the world, including New York, Chicago, Berlin, London, Paris, Halle, Kuala Lumpur, Kolkata, and Kingston, Jamaica.