Conciliation on Colonial Frontiers: Conflict, Performance, and Commemoration in Australia and the Pacific Rim, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Conciliation on Colonial Frontiers

Conflict, Performance, and Commemoration in Australia and the Pacific Rim, 1st Edition

Edited by Kate Darian-Smith, Penelope Edmonds


256 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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Spanning the late 18th century to the present, this volume explores new directions in imperial and postcolonial histories of conciliation, performance, and conflict between European colonizers and Indigenous peoples in Australia and the Pacific Rim, including Aotearoa New Zealand, Hawaii and the Northwest Pacific Coast. It examines cultural "rituals" and objects; the re-enactments of various events and encounters of exchange, conciliation and diplomacy that occurred on colonial frontiers between non-Indigenous and Indigenous peoples; commemorations of historic events; and how the histories of colonial conflict and conciliation are politicized in nation-building and national identities.


"This book is noteworthy because its essays draw to our attention 'conciliation' as an historical theme and component of the imperial encounter. It is to be hoped that imperial historians--and not just those interested in the Pacific Rim--will both read the book and absorb its lessons." - Richard N. Price, H-Net Review, University of Maryland

Table of Contents

1. Conciliation and Conflict, Performance and Commemoration in Colonial Australia and the Pacific Rim

Kate Darian-Smith and Penelope Edmonds Part I: Encounters and Performances 2. Cross-Cultural Inquiry in 1802: Musical Performance on the Baudin Expedition to Australia Jean Fornasiero and John West-Sooby 3. “We Should Take Each Other by the Hand”: Conciliation and Diplomacy in Colonial Australia and North West Canada Amanda Nettelbeck 4. Breastplates: Re-enacting Possession in North America and Australia Kate Darian-Smith 5. Naturally Disturbed: Reimagining the Pastoral Frontier Sue Kneebone Part II: Conciliations and Frontiers 6. The Fainter Land: Photography, Colonialism and Living Pictures Jane Lydon 7. Message Sticks and Indigenous Diplomacy: “Thomson’s Treaty”—Brokering Peace on Australia’s Northern Frontier in the 1930s Lindy Allen 8. The Australian South Sea Islanders (ASSI): Towards a Postcolonial Australia? Kathleen Mary Fallon 9. Bones as a Bridge Between Worlds: Responding with Ceremony to the Repatriation of Aboriginal Human Remains from the United States to Australia Martin Thomas Part III: Performing Nationhood 10. Tame Iti at the Confiscation Line: Contesting the Consensus Politics of the Waitangi Treaty in Aotearoa New Zealand Penelope Edmonds 11. “An Echo of That Other Cry”: Re-enacting Captain Cook’s First Landing as Conciliation Event Maria Nugent 12. Picturing Collaboration: European Women Photographers and Indigenous Peoples in the Contestation of British and American Imperialism in the Pacific, 1890–1910 Anne Maxwell 13. Entertaining Possession: Re-enacting Cook’s Arrival for the Queen Katrina Schlunke

About the Editors

Kate Darian-Smith holds concurrent appointments as Professor of Australian Studies and History, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Faculty of Arts, and Professor of Cultural Heritage, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne.

Penelope Edmonds is Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Associate Professor, School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts, University of Tasmania.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Cultural History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Australia & New Zealand
HISTORY / Social History