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Exploring cultures of belonging in Darwin, Australia

Lobo, Michele 2015, Exploring cultures of belonging in Darwin, Australia, in SOAC 2015 : Urban Cultures : Proceedings of the State of Australian Cities 2015 Conference, Urban Research Program at Griffith University on behalf of the Australian Cities Research Network, [Gold Coast, Qld.], pp. 1-16.

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Title Exploring cultures of belonging in Darwin, Australia
Author(s) Lobo, MicheleORCID iD for Lobo, Michele orcid.org/0000-0001-7733-666X
Conference name State of Australian Cities. Conference (2015 : Gold Coast, Qld)
Conference location Gold Coast, Qld
Conference dates 9-11 Nov. 2015
Title of proceedings SOAC 2015 : Urban Cultures : Proceedings of the State of Australian Cities 2015 Conference
Editor(s) Burton, Paul
Shearer, Heather
Publication date 2015
Conference series State of Australian Cities Conference
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher Urban Research Program at Griffith University on behalf of the Australian Cities Research Network
Place of publication [Gold Coast, Qld.]
Keyword(s) Belonging
Indigenous race
Summary This paper argues that the use of visual methods such as participatory video is crucial to co-producing sensory and embodied knowledges of belonging in Australian cities. These knowledges of belonging that focus on affectivity and passion have the potential to expand the worlds that racialised bodies of colour inhabit, but contemporary urban research shows an overwhelming focus on ‘talk’. This paper therefore takes the risk by engaging in a research process that is experimental, flexible and adaptive to explore diverse sensory cultures of belonging through a focus on Darwin, a small north Australian city. This is a city with a polyethnic history where Indigenous-migrant-settler race relations are recognised as more complex in comparison to large south Australian cities. The paper draws on participatory videos of two eventsin suburban Darwin - a Vigil on the side of the road opposite Airport
Lodge, an asylum seeker detention centre, and an afternoon walk along Casuarina beach where Aboriginals who live ‘rough’ camp. Using short video clips, long-term residents, migrant newcomers and asylum seekers (on bridging visas) compose an expressive narrative of the road and beach in Darwin, as places where refrains of welcome expand worlds that racialised bodies of colour inhabit. Using digital technologies the flow and juxtaposition of video clips of these events provides the possibility to craft sensory and embodied knowledges of belonging in a north
Australian city with a history of assimilationist and racially discriminatory policies.
Language eng
Field of Research 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2015, Urban Research Program at Griffith University on behalf of the Australian Cities Research Network
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30084644

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