The importance of Imagined Communities

Dr Sandra Phillips, currently at the Creative Industries faculty at Queensland University of Technology, writes and researches in the areas of literature and publishing, Indigenous literature and the field of Indigenous Studies. In the Convictions and Connections: Australian Theatre Forum 2011 presentation below, Dr Phillips explores the “those types of characters” and the silence of the Australian television (and media more broadly) industry about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and culture.

She posits “Imagined communities feed imaginations” and if Aboriginality is not represented in these communities, then all we have to “go on” is negative representation from mainstream news outlets.

You can read more about Dr Sandra Phillips work here in her thesis Re/presenting readings of indigenous literary terrain (2012).

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