Festival Program

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Samia Khatun: Australianama

Sat 31 Aug, 4pm
RMIT Kaleide Theatre

Historian Samia Khatun has studied the British imperial world for years, focusing on the experiences of colonised peoples in South Asia and Australia. Her evocative new book, Australianama, challenges the colonial myth of European knowledge traditions as superior. She discusses the importance of language and stories as a source of transformation. With Ali Cobby Eckermann.

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1 hour

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Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal Poet Ali Cobby Eckerman is the author of seven books, including the verse novel Ruby Moonlight, the poetry collection Inside my Mother and the memoir Too Afraid to Cry. In 2017 she was awarded Yale University's Windham Campbell Prize in Poetry.

Samia Khatun is a historian whose documentaries have screened on SBS-TV and ABC-TV. Born in Dhaka and educated in Sydney, she has held research fellowships in Berlin, New York and Melbourne. She has recently been appointed senior lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.

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