This short course critically examines the changing meaning of cultural heritage within a social, cultural and historical context. The role of law in shaping notions of cultural heritage will be a particular focus of this topic. Case studies of cultural heritage issues will be examined and will include Juukan Gorge, Bootu Creek and more.
For 2023 topics relating to the law, as it pertains to the cultural heritage of Indigenous Australians, will be a primary focus. The topic was co-designed by Professor Amy Roberts together with Andrew Collett (solicitor and barrister) and Leanne Liddle (a Central Arrente woman and high profile Aboriginal Affairs lawyer).
Guest speakers are a feature of the topic with numerous perspectives on cultural heritage and the law being presented – including lectures by Indigenous peoples, lawyers, cultural heritage practitioners and former Federal Court judges.
Understanding legal issues in relation to Indigenous Australian cultural heritage is becoming increasingly necessary for those working in the Australian heritage sector and for those employed in Indigenous affairs more generally.
This topic will provide students with the necessary background to contextualise Indigenous Australian heritage issues in a legal framework.