SEIS Academic Forum Series
Forum on Culture Studies
Landscape and Belonging in Australian Art
主讲：Prof. David Walker, FASSA, FAHA Deakin University
日期：20 May, 2016 (Friday)
地点：Room 115, English Building, BFSU
Professor David Walker was the inaugural BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University (2013-2016). He has written extensively on Australian representations of Asia. His prize-winning book, Anxious Nation: Australia and the Rise of Asia, 1850 to 1939 (UQP, 1999) has been translated into Chinese and published by China Renmin University Press (2009). An English edition was published in India in the same year and a Hindi translation in 2015. He is the co-editor with Agnieszka Sobocinska of Australia’s Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century (UWA Publishing, 2012). Australia’s Asia has been translated into Chinese by academics in the Australian Studies Centre at Beijing Foreign Studies University. A collection of his Asia-related essays has been published under the title Encountering Turbulence: Asia in the Australian Imaginary (Readworthy, 2013). His recently published personal history, Not Dark Yet has been translated into Chinese by Professor Li Yao, with the Chinese title 《光明行》and published by The People’s Literature Publishing House, Beijing (2014). Professor Walker is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He is Emeritus Professor at Deakin University, Melbourne.
In the practice of Australian Studies in China, questions of identity and belonging are largely addressed through an examination of Australian literature. This is an entirely legitimate field of study and well worth pursuing. However, it is also the case that Australians have come to understand the distinctive characteristics of their continent through the visual arts. The processes by which artists came to understand the Australian continent- it’s diverse landscapes, the particular characteristics of Australian light and the challenges of European settlement- have been communicated as much through art as through literature. It is arguable that Australia’s best known painters are more readily recognized by Australians than their best known writers. This lecture will address the place of Australian art in forming an understanding of Australian society, culture and identity.