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Speakers and abstracts

Barks, Birds & Billabongs: Exploring the Legacy of the 1948 American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land. 16-20 November 2009.


Chairs and discussants

Professor Ann McGrath
Director, Australian Centre for Indigenous History, Australian National University

Professor Howard Morphy
Director, Research School of Humanities, Australian National University

Emeritus Professor John Mulvaney

Dr Peter Stanley
Head, Centre for Historical Research National Museum of Australia

Associate Professor Peter Veth
Deputy-Director, National Centre for Indigenous Studies, and Adjunct Chair, Research School of Humanities, Australian National University

Discussants also included members of the Steering Committee.

Speakers and abstracts

Note: The views expressed in speakers' abstracts are those of the individual contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Museum of Australia.

Altman, Jon
From Fish Creek to the Mann River: Hunter-gatherer tradition and transformation in Western Arnhem Land, 1948–2008

Beazley, Kim
Locating the expedition politically: 1948 American–Australian relations

Borsboom, Ad
Yolngu ways of knowing Country: Insights from the 1948 Expedition to Arnhem Land

Clarke, A and Frederick, U
Making a sea change: Rock art, archaeology and the enduring legacy of McCarthy's research on Groote Eylandt

Garde, Murray
The forbidden gaze: The 1948 Wubarr ceremony performed for the American–Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL)

Hamby, Louise
The forgotten collection: Baskets reveal histories

Harris, Josh
Hidden for 60 years: The motion picture films of the American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land

Jenkins, Mark
'A Robinson Crusoe in Arnhem Land ...': Howell Walker, National Geographic, and the 1948 Arnhem Land Expedition

Jones, Philip
Inside Mountford's tent: paint, politics and paperwork

Kaeppler, Adrienne L
Collecting Australia at the Smithsonian: 150 years and still going

Marett, A and Barwick, L
Snapshots of musical life: Simpson's 1948 recordings

May, Sally K
A history of the 1948 expedition

MacGregor, Tony
Birds on the wire: Colin Simpson and the emergence of the radio documentary feature

McCarthy, Lynne
The 'exciting thing was the landscape': Raymond Specht, a botanist in the field

McIntosh, Ian
Missing the Revolution! Negotiating disclosure on the Pre-Macassans (Bayini) in North-East Arnhem Land

McKenzie, Robyn
Forget the barks! Bring on the string figures! The String Figures of Yirrkala: Activating a legacy

Miller, G and Cashner, R
Beneath the billabongs: The scientific legacy of Robert Rush Miller

Neale, Margo
'Bastard barks': A gift from the 1948 Arnhem Land expedition

Russell, S and Chapman, D
The responsibilities of leadership: The records of Charles P Mountford

Specht, Raymond Louis
Appraising the legacy of the Arnhem Land Expedition: An insider's perspective

Taylor, Paul Michael
Historic perspectives on the Smithsonian's participation in the Arnhem Land Expedition: Transformations of the expeditionary enterprise

Thomas, Martin
Unpacking the testimony of Gerald Blitner: An Indigenous perspective on the Arnhem Land Expedition