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The Strehlow Archive: Explorations in Old and New Media

By Hart Cohen Copyright 2018
    160 Pages
    by Routledge

    160 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The Strehlow Archive is one of Australia's most important collections of film, sound, archival records and museum objects relating to the ceremonial life of Aboriginal people. The aim of this book is to provide a significant study of the relationship of archives to contemporary forms of digital mediation. The volume introduces a specific archive, the Strehlow Collection, and tracks the ways in which its materials and research dissemination practices are influenced by media forms we now identify with the emergence of digital technology.

    1. Introduction: Archaeologies of the digital archive and the persistence of cultural memory 

    2. The Strehlow Collection: A Dangerous Archive 

    3. The Remote Aboriginal Community of Hermannsburg/Ntaria 

    4. Mr. Strehlow's Films: Digitising the Dreaming 

    5. Image archives as totemic geomedia 

    6. Databases and the book: T.G.H. Strehlow’s Journey to Horseshoe Bend 

    7. Cantata Journey: Songs and Central Australia 

    8. Cultural Re-Integration, Participatory Archives and Aboriginal Knowing  

    9. Conclusion: Genealogies of memory, an ethos of storytelling?


    Hart Cohen is Professor in Media Arts in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and a member of the Institute for Culture and Society and the Digital Humanities Research Group at Western Sydney University, Australia. He is the co-author of Screen Media Arts, winner of best textbook—Australian Publishers Association, 2009, and is editor of the Global Media Journal, Australian Edition: 2007–present.