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Sarah Maddison

Sarah Maddison

Sarah Maddison is Professor of Politics in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, and co-Director of the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration. She is also Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts. She is the author or editor of nine books including, most recently, The Colonial Fantasy: Why white Australia can’t solve black problems. Her other books in the field include The Limits of Settler Colonial Reconciliation (2016), Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation (2015), Beyond White Guilt (2011), Unsettling the Settler State (2011), and Black Politics (2009).

Sarah Maddison reviews 'The World Turned Inside Out: Settler colonialism as a political idea' by Lorenzo Veracini

November 2021, no. 437 21 October 2021
It is now well accepted that the invasion and colonisation of the Indigenous territories we call ‘Australia’ are emblematic of a particular type of colonialism. A settler colony, unlike, say, an extractive colony (where Indigenous peoples may be exploited in pursuit of resources but where permanent settlement does not necessarily follow), seeks to establish a new society on an acquired territo ... (read more)

Sarah Maddison reviews 'Truth-telling: History, sovereignty and the Uluru Statement' by Henry Reynolds

March 2021, no. 429 22 February 2021
In the wake of the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart, truth-telling has gained new currency in Australia. The Statement called for a ‘Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations and truth-telling about our history’.  Although yet to be fleshed out in any detail, the renewed call for truth-telling has been greeted with enthusiasm by ... (read more)