Good Morning Feminartsy Community,
The aftermath of the Notre Dame fire has raised some serious ethical questions regarding what and how we value objects, places, and culture as ‘heritage’. In Australia, the equally-ancient and spiritually important site of the Djab Wurrung trees in Victoria remain under threat of of being razed for a freeway.
Indigenous communities around the world have long struggled – and continue to struggle – to have their voices, bodies, heritage, and cultures seen and understood, let alone valued. A fact brought in to sharp relief by this week’s news out of Germany that remains from the Yawuru and other Indigenous communities – kept as curious and museum pieces in Europe since the nineteenth century – will this week be returned to country.
Indigenous women, especially, around the world face multiple forms of violence and marginalisation on account of their ethnicity and their gender. And not only Indigenous women, but all women of colour, as this ABC long read reminds us. Another painful reminder from this week – Indigenous Australians continue to die in police custody. The 1991 Royal Inquiry into Indigenous deaths in custody outlined a number of findings and suggestions to prevent cases such as Cherdeena Wynne’s and Ms Dhu’s. More than a third have yet to be implemented.
Across the arts and creative industries, the issue of ‘diversity’ (or lack thereof) continues to waft like a spectre shame. Something that CEO of the Creative Diversity Network UK, Deborah Williams seeks to change. You can watch her contribution to this month’s ‘Fair Play’ Symposium here. And for a great interview regarding diversity and decolonising design, check out this piece from Medium.
It’s a long weekend, so here’s a bunch of stuff to keep you entertained over the break. There’s this great long read from Sydney Review of Books. If you’re in Melbourne, there’s a climate change exhibition on at the Sustainable Society Institute. If you’re in Sydney, Janet Laurence’s retrospective at the MCA sounds like it’s worth a look. If some quiet listening and reflection is more your thing, here’s a podcast on the queer body. For snippets of fun, here’s some great new flash fiction. If report-reading is more your long-weekend kink, the National Women’s Health Strategy 2020-2030 was launched this month. You can trawl through the report here.
In writing news, congratulations to all recipients of the 2019 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships. Meniscus and Liminal are still open for submissions to their prizes. And Netflix is seeking African women writers for a new animated series.
Happy (Long) Weekend and Happy Reading!