Sites of segregation/sites of memory: Remembrance and 'race' in Australia

Maria Nugent*

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    This article considers the interplay between Aboriginal people's remembrances about race relations in rural mid-twentieth-century Australia and the frames of remembrance provided by the American Civil rights movement. It takes as its focus two key Australian sites of racial segregation - country town cinemas and public swimming pools - to explore the ways in which since, and in no small part due to, the desegregationist politics of the 1960s they have become prominent sites of public memory. Drawing on three examples from a range of media - art, film and published memoirs - the article traces the ways in which different ways of narrating and remembering these 'twisted spaces' contributes to and makes possible alternative and at times unsettling interpretations of experiences and histories of relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people during what is commonly referred to as the 'assimilation era'.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)299-309
    Number of pages11
    JournalMemory Studies
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013


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