Book Chapter

Thirty Years On: Reading the Country and Indigenous Homeliness

K Gelder, Chris Healy

Reading the Country: 30 Years on | UTS ePress | Published : 2018

Abstract

In October 2014 a three-day festival was held at the University of Melbourne to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Reading the Country: An Introduction to Nomadology. The Benterrak, Muecke and Roe text, published in 1984, remains a high point in Australian publishing and intellectual life: the festival aimed to revisit and recapture the intellectual radicalism and political energy of that time. For three days we established a Temporary Autonomous Zone, turning time into space a space to think—replacing deceit, pomposity and policies with respect for traditional owners, elders and the learned, with intergenerational concern, autonomy, community and joy.

University of Melbourne Researchers