In our April episode, Meanjin editor Jonathan Green chats with author Claire G. Coleman, historian Bill Gammage and anthropologist Marcia Langton about the historical and contemporary resonance of terra nullius. Each offers a different perspective on the colonial principle, discussing its devastating effects on Indigenous Australians and how the language we use reflects its influence today.
Next, Marjorie Main transports us to wintry waterways in her poem ‘The Creek’ (Meanjin Autumn 2018).
And author Jennifer Mills reads from her short story ‘Miracles’ (Meanjin Autumn 2017) before discussing the landscape of the short story form and the influence of climate change upon her current novel, Dyschronia, with Meanjin deputy editor Tess Smurthwaite.
Professor MARCIA LANGTON AM PhD Macq U, BA (Hons) ANU, FASSA, has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at The University of Melbourne since February 2000. As an anthropologist and geographer, Professor Langton has made a significant contribution to government and non-government policy as well as to Indigenous studies at three universities. In 2016 Professor Langton was honoured as a University of Melbourne Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor. As further recognition as one of Australia’s most respected Indigenous Academics, in 2017 Professor Marcia Langton was appointed as the first Associate Provost at the University of Melbourne.
Claire G. Coleman
CLAIRE G. COLEMAN is a Wirlomin Noongar woman whose ancestral country is in the south coast of Western Australia. In 2016 she was awarded a Black&Write Indigenous Writing Fellowship for a manuscript she wrote while travelling around Australia. Her novel Terra Nullius was published in September 2017 and was shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize.
BILL GAMMAGE is an Australian academic historian, Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre of the Australian National University. His book The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia details how for over 40,000 years Indigenous people carefully shaped the land with complex systems of controlled burning.
JENNIFER MILLS is an Australian novelist and short story writer. Her latest novel, Dyschronia, is published by Picador. She lives in South Australia.
MARJORIE MAIN is from Torbay, WA, and lives in Melbourne. In 2017 her poem ‘The Ways’ was shortlisted for the Montreal Poetry Prize; others have appeared in Westerly and Rabbit.
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In the March episode of the revived Meanjin podcast, SWEATSHOP director and author Michael Mohammed Ahmad reads from his short story ‘No Toes’ (from Meanjin Spring 2017) and discusses the themes of toxic masculinity and the culture of Western Sydney’s Punchbowl High School with Meanjin editor Jonathan Green.
Poet Belinda Rule transports us to the stark and beautiful tableaus of construction which surround us in her poem ‘Industry, Melbourne‘ (from Meanjin Autumn 2018).
And a panel featuring three of Australia’s most prominent feminist thinkers—Clementine Ford, Celeste Liddle and Lauren Rosewarne—gets to the heart of the questions posed by the #MeToo movement: why now, what next, and how can we best harness this momentum for intersectional possibilities?
Michael Mohammed Ahmad
MICHAEL MOHAMMED AHMAD is an Arab-Australian writer, editor, teacher and community arts worker. He is the founder and director of SWEATSHOP, a literacy movement in Western Sydney devoted to empowering culturally and linguistically diverse artists through creative writing. Mohammed’s essays and short stories have appeared in the Sydney Review of Books, The Guardian, Heat, Seizure, The Lifted Brow, The Australian and Coming of Age: Australian Muslim Stories.
CLEMENTINE FORD is a Melbourne-based writer, speaker and author of the best-selling book Fight Like A Girl. Her follow up, Boys Will Be Boys, will be published in October 2018.
LAUREN ROSEWARNE is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of nine books and co-hosts ‘Stop Everything!’ on Radio National.
CELESTE LIDDLE is an Arrernte woman, an opinion writer, a trade unionist and public speaker. Currently serving as the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Organiser of the National Tertiary Education Union, Celeste started her blog Rantings of an Aboriginal Feministin June 2012. A mere six weeks after she started it, Celeste had a piece picked up for publication by Daily Life and since then has written for a number of publications.
BELINDA RULE is a Melbourne-based writer and poet who has published extensively in Australian journals and anthologies.