Geneva, NY — John Goldlust, of La Trobe University in Bundoora, Victoria, Australia, will deliver a lecture titled “Australian Identity Towards the 21st Century” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 15, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The public is invited to attend.
Goldlust, who has been a lecturer in sociology at La Trobe University since 1974 and a senior lecturer since 1987, has written and spoken prolifically on the topic of Australian citizenship. His most recent book is titled Understanding Citizenship in Australia (1996), and he has a forthcoming volume titled Key Concepts in Race and Ethnicity: A View From the Asia Pacific. He received the B.A. and M.A. from the University of Melbourne and the Ph.D. from York University in Toronto.
The lecture will focus on Australians as they approach a new century (and a new millennium) and become engaged in public debates around the question of “national identity.” This is not a new phenomenon in Australia, in one way or another, almost from the beginnings of European settlement of the southern continent at the end of the 18th century, and more vigorously since the middle of the 19th century, the matter has been periodically debated, but never satisfactorily resolved. In this talk, Goldlust will seek to highlight what he considers to be the more significant “historical moments” of this ongoing process of collective “soul-searching,” and to trace how these may have led to particular transformations in the way Australians have perceived themselves – from Australia's early history as convict settlement, through the longer period in which it operated as a “colonial fragment” society, to the currently projected vision of the future nation as an “independent, multicultural republic.”
Goldlust's visit is sponsored by the Hobart and William Smith Colleges' provost's office and the Australia Studies Association of North America.