The Australian Barometer (2010) notes that the general public’s attitude towards indigenous communities is influenced by secondary sources like the media, rather than personal experience. Many of the images of reconciliation promote unity between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, but at the cost of assimilating the indigenous subject within “White” society’s perceptions. Peter Rigby (1996) writes, “anthropologists rightly pride themselves on their ability to analyze and understand mythological symbolic systems, yet they seldom address those associated with the provenance of their own discipline and the political economy and culture of its own gestation and development.” (p 3). There is a need for a reexamination of the way “privileged” actors - in this case “white” Australian politics, academics and urban indigenous Australians - represent and mediate Aboriginality. The next step for Reconciliation Australia will be the most difficult; to break away from the confining non-indigenous framework, which defines the Australian reconciliation agenda as a cultural revival project. By turning away from this framework, international, and national conceptions of Australian Reconciliation will no longer be seen as an issue of preserving indigenous authenticity, but as an ongoing global effort for basic human rights.
The posts on the map explore the media politics and visualization of indigenous reconciliation across borders, space, and technology. This project provides aHumanities 2.0 framework, one that appropriates a diversity of responses and calls for an ethics of reconciliation that only preserves indigenous culture, but encourages reconciliation literacy, the ability to understand where and how images of identity are constructed and reproduced.
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