Living Cities Forum streaming due to the current Victorian lockdown - session starting now featuring Timothy Morton, Sarah Lynn Rees, and Bruce Pascoe:

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@benbyrne 🤩 bummed I missed this a the time but will be catching up on the stream - thanks for sharing! Just jumped ahead to Uncle Bruce's section "Past Is Present Is Future", phwoar

@becfary You're welcome. You might be interested in this article criticising Dark Emu too if you have haven't seen it: @miyuki put me on to it - it's pretty withering and doesn't 'debunk' the book, to my mind anyway, but it does raise interesting questions about which sources of knowledge to support and how, as well as the implications of framing First Nations societies in Australia as agricultural

@benbyrne @miyuki have you read this Stephen Muecke review in Overland? imo a thoughtful and nuanced take, and a nice use of Haraway's 'God trick' — (i still haven't read "Farmers or Hunter-Gatherers?" btw, have you?)

@becfary I haven't read any of these actually. I'll check out the Muecke as soon as I get a moment. Thanks for the link.

@becfary Good read. I agree with you - a thoughtful and nuanced take. Pascoe's use of European settler records and methods to make a case for Aboriginal Australian agriculture and thus occupation of country is a deft tactic I find, but does invite critique such as Sutton and Walshe's. What Muecke very eloquently opens up I think is how that critique is itself a settler logic, undermining Sutton and Walshe's position and showing how Dark Emu can be read more deeply.

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