National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism,Immigration and Human Rights

Lillian Holt
Director, Centre for Indigenous Education, University of Melbourne

Dr. Zane Ma Rhea
National Centre for Gender & Cultural Diversity, Swinburne University of Technology

Interrogating Whiteness in the Process of Reconciliation

This topic is about the need for non-Indigenous people to interrogate their own oppression rather than always studying and "helping" Indigenous people.

Whiteness, for non-Indigenous Australians, is about looking within rather than without. For too long the problem,, i.e. Aborigines, has remained an external one. The time has come for Physician, Heal Thyself", that is to look at Whiteness, rather than perpetuating the study of Blackness and Otherness.

The presenters will draw on both academic and lived experience, to make a Two Voices, presentation. One of the presenters, Lillian Holt, is Indigenous whilst the other, Zane Ma Rhea, is non-Indigenous.

It will be a participatory forum in which people will be asked to identify themselves, explore their cultural locations and identities, think about notions of white superiority that might be embedded in a concept of self, as a precursor to the development of the conference themes.

Presentation Type
60 min Workshop

University of Technology, Sydney, 1-2 December 2000

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