Ngapartji Ngapartji

Ngapartji Ngapartji

In turn, in turn: Ego-histoire, Europe and Indigenous Australia

Edited by: Vanessa Castejon, Anna Cole, Oliver Haag, Karen Hughes

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In this innovative collection, Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars from Australia and Europe reflect on how their life histories have impacted on their research in Indigenous Australian Studies. Drawing on Pierre Nora’s concept of ego-histoire as an analytical tool to ask historians to apply their methods to themselves, contributors lay open their paths, personal commitments and passion involved in their research. Why are we researching in Indigenous Studies, what has driven our motivations? How have our biographical experiences influenced our research? And how has our research influenced us in our political and individual understanding as scholars and human beings? This collection tries to answer many of these complex questions, seeing them not as merely personal issues but highly relevant to the practice of Indigenous Studies.

I think this rich collection will become a landmark text and a favourite within Australian scholarship. I am keen to see it published so that I can recommend it to others
— Professor Emerita Margaret Allen, Gender Studies and Social Analysis, University of Adelaide

The idea was to explain the link between the history you have made and the history that has made you 
— Pierre Nora


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Nov 2014
ANU Press
Biography Series
Arts & Humanities: Biography & Autobiography, Cultural Studies; Social Sciences: Anthropology, Indigenous Studies
Australia; Europe: France, Sweden

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Theoretical Introduction

  1. Introduction: ‘Ngapartji Ngapartji: In Turn, In Turn’— Ego-histoire and Australian Indigenous Studies (PDF, 134KB) – Vanessa Castejon, Anna Cole, Oliver Haag and Karen Hughes doi
  2. ‘Introduction’ from Essais d’Ego-Histoire (PDF, 101KB)Pierre Nora, Translated by Stephen Muecke doi

Self and History

  1. Ngarranga Barrangang: Self and History, a Contemporary Aboriginal Journey (PDF, 1.7MB) – Victoria Grieves doi
  2. A Personal Journey with Anangu History (PDF, 2.3MB) – Bill Edwards doi
  3. Layers of Being: Aspects of Researching and Writing Professional Savages: Captive Lives and Western Spectacle (PDF, 3.4MB) – Roslyn Poignant doi
  4. Stories my Grandmother Never Told Me: Recovering Entangled Family Histories Through Ego-Histoire (PDF, 1.5MB) – Karen Hughes doi
  5. ‘Start By Telling Your Own Story’: On Becoming An Anthropologist and Performing Anthropology (PDF, 132KB) – Franca Tamisari doi
  6. Yagan, Mrs Dance and Whiteness (PDF, 1.3MB) – Jan Idle doi
  7. Becoming Privileged in Australia: Romany Europe, Indigenous Australia and the Transformation of Race (PDF, 129KB) – Oliver Haag doi

Out of Place

  1. From Paris to Papunya: Postcolonial Theory, Australian Indigenous Studies and ‘Knowing’ ‘the Aborigine’ (PDF, 129KB) – Barry Judd doi
  2. Situated Knowledge or Ego (His)toire?: Memory, History and the She-Migrant in an Imaginary of ‘Terra Nullius’ (PDF, 126KB) – Jane Haggis doi
  3. Genealogy and Derangement (PDF, 133KB) – John Docker doi
  4. Art Works From Home, Out of Place (PDF, 103KB) - Helen Idle doi
  5. From Bare Feet to Clogs: One Aboriginal Woman’s Experience in Holland (PDF, 120KB) – Rosemary van den Berg doi

Tales of Mystery and Imagination

  1. Home Talk (PDF, 127KB) – Jeanine Leane doi
  2. True Ethnography (PDF, 124KB) – Gillian Cowlishaw doi
  3. Lands of Fire and Ice: From Hi-Story to History in the Lands of Fire and Ice—Our Stories and Embodiment as Indigenous in a Colonised Hemisphere (PDF, 149KB) – May-Britt Öhman and Frances Wyld doi
  4. Turning into a Gardiya (PDF, 494KB) – Stephen Muecke doi
  5. Tales of Mystery and Imagination from the Tweed River: Shaping Historical-Consciousness (PDF, 124KB) – Philip Morrissey doi
  6. Nourishing Terrain: An Afterword (PDF, 102KB) – Gillian Whitlock doi


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