[ASC-media] Academy's new public lecture series starting on 7 February [Canberra]

Mona Akbari Mona.Akbari at science.org.au
Tue Jan 24 02:23:51 CET 2012

Dear ASC'ers

The Academy is delighted to announce the 2012 public lecture series - Caring for the Australian Countryside: Lessons from the Past and Present - which will examine sustainable sociology, mining, agriculture, culture and environment in country Australia.

You are invited to the opening lecture by Adjunct Professor Bill Gammage on Aboriginal land management being held on Tuesday 7 February. Please note that RSVPs are essential to Shannon Newham on Shannon.newham at science.org.au<mailto:Shannon.newham at science.org.au> or 02 6201 9460.

Hope you can attend. Live streaming of the event will also be available from the Academy website www.science.org.au<http://www.science.org.au> for those outside Canberra.


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Dr Mona Akbari  Communications and Media Officer

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The Biggest Estate on Earth: Aboriginal land management through history<http://science.org.au/events/publiclectures/ac/gammage.html>
First lecture in the series on Caring for the Australian Countryside: Lessons from the Past and Present

Adjunct Professor Bill Gammage
Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University

The lecture outlines the logic of Aboriginal land management in 1788. It shows why Australia's plants and animals made long-term, precise and detailed management possible. The lecture illustrates Aboriginal land management with examples, and explains how land management rules were enforced. Country was maintained locally, but conformed to universal religious sanctions and prescriptions. Australia was thus a single estate - not an untamed wilderness as newcomers thought. It was made to obey the Law, to ensure biodiversity, and to make all life abundant, convenient and predictable.

Tuesday 7 February 2012, 5:30 pm
Live streaming from 6pm
Shine Dome, Gordon Street, Canberra
Free entry and parking

RSVPs essential
shannon.newham at science.org.au<mailto:shannon.newham at science.org.au>
02 6201 9460

Bill Gammage is an adjunct professor in the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University (ANU) studying Aboriginal attitudes to land management from a historical perspective. He grew up in Wagga, and later studied as an undergraduate and postgraduate at the ANU. He taught history at the Universities of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Adelaide before returning to ANU to write several books. These include The Sky Travellers on cultural contact in PNG, and The Biggest Estate on Earth on Aboriginal land management. His other main books are The Broken Years on Australian soldiers in the Great War, and Narrandera Shire. Bill also served the National Museum of Australia for three years as Council member, deputy chair, and acting chair. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.

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