Standing on the Bridge: Critical Reflections on the Politics of Counter-Memory

S RUDOLPH, C Hense, G McKibbin, J McLeod, C Phillips

Melbourne Social Equity Institute | Published : 2015


The settler-colonial context of Australia presents a range of dilemmas associated with archival research. These have contributed to the methodological design of the project I draw on in the paper - a genealogical investigation of the notion of 'achievement gap' attributed to Indigenous students through the national policy 'Closing the Gap in Indigenous Disadvantage'. Following Foucault's conception of genealogy this historical work seeks to challenge the institution of the archive as an objective, whole, static, record of the past. In this paper I examine the possibilities that this approach to the archive affords in creating 'counter memory' and for using historical analysis to make a crit..

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