Translations, an Autoethnography: Migration, Colonial Australia and the Creative Encounter (Hardcover)

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Translations is a personal history written at the intersection of colonial anthropology, creative practice and migrant ethnography. Renowned postcolonial scholar, public artist and radio maker, UK-born Paul Carter documents and discusses a prodigiously varied and original trajectory of
writing, sound installation and public space dramaturgy produced in Australia to present the phenomenon of contemporary migration in an entirely new light.

Migrant space-time, Carter argues, is not linear, but turbulent, vortical and opportunistic. Before-and-after narratives fail to capture the work of self-becoming and serve merely to perpetuate colonialist fantasies. The 'mirror state' relationship between England and Australia, its structurally
symmetrical histories of land theft and internal colonisation, repress the appearance of new subjects and subject relations. Reflecting on collaborations with Aboriginal artists, Carter argues for a new definition of the stranger-host relationship predicated on recognition of Aboriginal sovereignty.
Carter calls the creative practice that breaks the cycle of repeated invasion 'dirty art'.

Translations is a passionately eloquent argument for reframing borders as crossing-places: framing less murderous exchange rates, symbolic literacy, creative courage and, above all, the emergence of a resilient migrant poetics will be essential.

About the Author

Paul Carter is Professor of Design (Urbanism) at RMIT University, Melbourne and author of The Road to Botany Bay

Product Details
ISBN: 9781526158048
ISBN-10: 1526158043
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: December 21st, 2021
Pages: 336
Language: English