Indigenous Histories and Indigenous Futures

Stephen Muecke

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In 2001, the UTS Review published the papers from an historical experiment prompted by Dipesh Chakrabarty on the theme of Subaltern/Indigenous/Multi­cultural.1 The experiment consisted of a timely intervention, since the “history wars” were about to explode on the Australian scene, with the publication of Keith Windschuttle’s revisionist polemic, The Fabrication of Aboriginal History, in 2002. Amplified through the Murdoch press, in particular the national broadsheet The Australian, the reactionary argument was that the significance of Aborigi­nal history to Australia’s past was overstated. Historians had only been working on Aboriginal history for thirty years, but their accounts of the founding acts of colonial violence, and projection of time far beyond the shallow period since colo­nization (starting in 1788 in Sydney) was revolutionizing the traditional histori­cal settler narratives by literally prioritizing Aboriginal history and reopening the unresolved question of sovereignty.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDipesh Chakrabarty and the Global South
Subtitle of host publication Subaltern Studies, Postcolonial Perspectives, and the Anthropocene
EditorsAjay Skaria, Sanjay Seth, Saurabh Dube
Place of PublicationOxon, UK
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780429578472, 978-0-429-19974-5
ISBN (Print)9780367189990
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NamePostcolonial Politics Series


  • Dipesh Chakrabarty
  • History wars
  • Archaeology
  • Australian archaeology
  • Australian history
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Indigenous Australians
  • Significance of Aborigi­nal history


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