An Interdisciplinary Workshop
at the University of Stuttgart, Germany
November 16-18, 2017
Organised by Geoffrey Rodoreda (University of Stuttgart) and Eva Bischoff (Trier University)
A quarter of a century ago, the High Court of Australia ruled in favour of a claim by a group of Indigenous Australians, led by Eddie Koiki Mabo, to customary, legal title (“native title”) to land. The Mabo decision of 1992 radically altered Australian law in its rejection of what the High Court judges called the “enlarged notion of terra nullius,” said to be the legal basis upon which the British occupied the land in 1788. Mabo shook the foundations of the majority, non-Indigenous population’s belief in the legitimate settlement of the continent by the British. More than any other event in Australia’s legal, political and cultural history, the Mabo decision has challenged ways of thinking about land, identity, belonging, and history.
We invite proposals for 15-20 minute papers that address Mabo’s influence and impact on diverse aspects of Australian society and culture.
Please send an abstract (250-300 words) for your proposed paper, along with a bio note (up to 100 words), by 11 August 2017, to: firstname.lastname@example.org