Reclaiming Performance Under Assimilation In Southeast Australia, 1935-75 (2018-2021)

Project Details

This project aims to reframe a period of Australian history, the Assimilation era (1935-1975), to demonstrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders' active intervention in public affairs through performances of music and dance. The project will collaborate with present-day communities aiming to construct an alternative history of cultural resilience and agency. Outcomes directed at academic, community and public audiences aim to better inform current debates on Australian identity, support the work of contemporary practitioners, build international networks and validate histories hitherto hidden at the heart of Australian nationhood.


Dr Lyndon-Ormond-Parker

Mr Tiriki Onus

Dr Sharon Huebner

Professor Linda Barwick

Dr Amanda Harris

(Sydney University)