Dr. Powell is a professor emeritus of historical geography at Monash University, Clayton, Victoria 3168 Australia.
REVISITING THE AUSTRALIAN EXPERIENCE: TRANSMILLENNIAL CONJURINGS*
Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
2000 American Geographical Society
Volume 90, Issue 1, pages 1–17, January 2000
How to Cite
POWELL, J. M. (2000), REVISITING THE AUSTRALIAN EXPERIENCE: TRANSMILLENNIAL CONJURINGS. Geographical Review, 90: 1–17. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2000.tb00319.x
This essay was prepared at the University of Kyoto, Japan, in the autumn of 1999, when I was serving as a visiting professor of geography. Sincere thanks are due to my Kyoto colleagues and students, and especially to Professor Akihiro Kinda, for his warm hospitality and wide professional expertise.
- Issue published online: 21 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
- fictional exemplars;
- interdisciplinary revisions;
- national identity;
- premillennial uncertainty;
- sense of place;
- transmillennial evocations
ABSTRACT. Ever anxious about real and apparent “identity” crises, Australians have in recent years been increasingly better served by interdisciplinary academic writings. A common theme is the clarification and resolution of recurrent national uncertainty. Others, intimately related, include the divide between indigenous and imported conceptualizations, especially notions of sacredness, together with broadly targeted historical interpretations of environmentalism, environmental management, and violent social clashes on settlement frontiers. Although these academic writings represent welcome additions to civic scholarship, they are also variously influenced, and their purchase on the public imagination limited, by the effects of current intellectual trends. While it might be expected that fictional exemplars would address place-making and place-securing in rather more comfortable fashion, they have not been immune to similar destabilizations. Nonetheless, one intriguing, problematical work makes a useful civic point in dealing creatively with Australia's epidemic of premillennial doubt.