The bizarre paradox of boat people​

Presented by Dr Stephen Crofts

Date: 2 March, 2018
Time: 3pm-4pm
Location: Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2), Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37) 


At the heart of the national controversy about asylum seekers arriving by boat is a bizarre paradox, some would say a monstrous disproportion.  On the one hand, a tiny number of powerless, desperate and publicly invisible people seek to live in Australia. Yet they are indefinitely detained in centres effectively controlled by the Australian state, at a cost to the taxpayer of roughly $3 billion per year.  This presentation disengages seven negative constructions of boat people, and sets out to account for the intense hostility directed towards them and the punitive forms this takes.  It suggests that the enormous anxieties they seem to provoke might find some explanation in terms of the Australian imaginary.



About Research Seminar and Workshop Series


School of Communication and Arts Research Seminar Series

The research seminar and workshop series occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

Friday, 11 March

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Tuning In with the Stethoscope in the Nineteenth CenturyDr Melissa Dickson (University of Birmingham)

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Dr Chris Hay

Friday, 8 April

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Invention and reinvention in the landscape symbolism of Joachim PatinirMichael Levy

Friday, 29 April

Online via Zoom

Negotiating balance of cultures among Chinese Australians to facilitate ageing well

A/Prof Shuang Liu

Friday, 13 May


Redefining crisis in museums: insider’s perspectives on digital engagement

Dr Caroline Wilson-Barnao, Craig Middleton (National Museum of Australia), and Lisa Enright

Friday, 3 June

Hybrid: Online via Zoom and in person at the
SCA Writer's Studio
(Level 6, Michie)

A journey through the Australian environmental movement ecosystem

Dr Robyn Gulliver

Friday, 10 June

Online via Zoom

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Digital Learning Space, Joyce Ackroyd Building #37