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Decolonising Memory: Politics of Memory and the Process of Reconciliation

February 28 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Roundtable Discussion - Decolonising Memory: Politics of Memory and the Process of Reconciliation

Roundtable Discussion



Collective memory plays an important role in politics and society.

It makes a community form its internal policy, decide about its external relations and shape its collective identity. Engaging with discourses of national identity leads to reflecting on the past and ways in which memory shapes who we are.

In the context of ongoing reconciliation debates, it seems pertinent to reflect on ways in which different “pasts” – of Indigenous Australians, Anglo-Australians, as well as refugees, migrants, and their descendants, are expressed, converge or diverge, and impact one another.

It is important to consider what a multicultural fabric of Australia may mean for its collective memory and identity, and how transnational memory discourses could encourage mnemonic change in Australia to support processes of reconciliation.


Together, we will reflect on:

  • What have we learned from the Uluru process and the 2023 Referendum?
  • What is the role of language in memory politics, the processes of remembering and reconciliation?
  • What does language politics imply within and beyond the context of decolonization?
  • What is the role of translators, educators, social workers and those who work between communities and cultures?
  • Ways to mobilize diverse communities to engage with the reconciliation process, if they do not share a common past, struggle with silences within their primary cultures or experienced other forms of mnemonic violence?


Guest facilitator:

Kasia Williams is the Deputy Director at the Centre for European Studies, Australian National University. Before joining the ANU, she was Assistant Professor at the Faculty of International Studies and Politics, University of Lodz (Poland). Kasia is a strong advocate of language education and is the President of the ACT Bilingual Education Alliance.


Afternoon tea will be provided


February 28
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Private: 301/22 St Kilda Rd, St Kilda VIC 3182
301/22 St Kilda Rd
St Kilda, VIC 3182 Australia
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