Vertigo in the South

Francis Maravillas

Friday 30 April, 2010, from 10am to 12 pm

Presentation Room (UTS Bldg. 3, Lvl. 5, Rm. 510)

Presentation: 20mins

In this paper, I examine the ways in which the space of the South nominated as ‘Australia’ has been represented across a range of texts in visual culture. In particular, I show how vertigo – as an affective function of space – is constitutive of the psycho-geography of Australia’s postcolonial settler culture and identity. I argue that vertigo results from Australia’s predicament of postcoloniality and the various efforts to come to terms with its paradoxical geographical location South of both ‘the West’ and ‘Asia’.


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