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Issue Details: First known date: 2014... 2014 'Our Body Is the First Sovereignty' Anne Brewster Interviews Romaine Moreton
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'Anne: Recently you did a performance at the Sydney Biennale, and one of the things that you read there was a poem about feeling and Indigenous cosmology which you followed with a reading from Bill Neidji's work. I was thinking about an earlier conversation we had about your poem "Mud crab" (post me to the prime minister, 5)4 when you said that as an Indigenous person you enter into a social contract by being in a place... can you say something more about that? 

'Romaine: Indigenous cosmology is something that Australians don't hear a lot about, and Indigenous people themselves don't hear a lot about. As far as my work is concerned, understanding Indigenous cosmology is absolutely imperative to understanding the true conflict between Western and Indigenous cosmologies or philosophies. Aboriginal phenomenology is my point of focus in my work. An analysis of the subjective experience of Aboriginality as a constructed identity is very intellectual...' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Aboriginal Australians and Other 'Others' Joëlle Bonnevin (editor), Sue Ryan-Fazilleau (editor), David Waterman (editor), France : Les Indes savantes , 2014 11334456 2014 anthology criticism

    'The contributors to this volume have repeatedly commented on the results of the study. To heal from traumatizing experiences. They denounce the process of "Othering" and stereotyping and put the spotlight on the various attempts at subverting damaging negative stereotypes. They reveal the "dark side" of the colonial governance of post-colonial reconstruction and rewritings of other colonial gestures, such as discovery and conquest. To a certain extent, following Romaine Moreton's advice, they attempt to "reframe those negative experiences".'

    Source: Publisher's blurb.

    France : Les Indes savantes , 2014
    pg. 25-37
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