SOUTH OF MY NIGHTS: COLONIAL REFLECTIONS ON SEX, GENDER, DEATH AND SURVIVAL
It's free, all welcome!
What it's about: The social science we use in research on health and illness, violence and inequality, is largely derived from European & North American social experience - including the power to draw knowledge from the colonized world. I'm asking how these issues look if we start our stories, instead, from the process of colonization itself.
I'll try to work this out in three contested areas:
- the making of Australian masculinities
- the politics of birth
- struggles to survive with gender contradiction.
The title? A variation on lines from an early poem by the great Judith Wright:
South of my days' circle
I know it dark against the stars, the high lean country
full of old stories that still go walking in my sleep.