Title

The Anti-Festival: Kimberley Aboriginal Cultural Politics and the Artful Business of Creating Spaces for Kardiya to Hear and Feel Across Difference

RIS ID

130044

Publication Details

Slater, L. (2018). The Anti-Festival: Kimberley Aboriginal Cultural Politics and the Artful Business of Creating Spaces for Kardiya to Hear and Feel Across Difference. In T. Dreher & A. A. Mondal (Eds.), Ethical Responsiveness and the Politics of Difference (pp. 169-186). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

Abstract

Slater's focus is settler Australia's inability to hear Aboriginal people on their own terms. The chapter explores a five-day cultural immersion and knowledge programme-run at the KALACC festival, Kimberley, Western Australia-in which government and non-government agencies were invited to 'listen in' to how traditional owners envision the 'problems' and 'solutions' to pressing issues in their lives, and how the grant-makers might support community-driven solutions. The festival is an untranslatable space-an anti-festival-in which the Kimberley Aboriginal world is not readily accessible and understandable to non-Indigenous people. She examines the event as an invitation for non-Indigenous Australians to recognise their crisis of hearing and listen across difference. Ethical listening, and thus transforming the foundations of settler colonialism, requires creating spaces for respectful non-comprehension.

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Link to publisher version (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-93958-2_10