Professor Colin Tatz, Australian National University
A political scientist and historian, Colin Tatz has held chairs of Politics at New England and Macquarie University. He is currently a visiting fellow in Politics and International Relations at ANU. Colin teaches and writes in the fields of Aboriginal studies, genocide and Holocaust, migration, youth suicide, and sport. His books on sport include Obstacle Race: Aborigines in Sport, Black Diamonds, and Black Gold (the latter two with his son Paul), and biographies of two major golf clubs, Royal Sydney and Monash Country Club. His keynote address (“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?”) is a reflection on Aboriginal and Islander participation in mainstream sport over the past half century. His first encounter with their abilities was when Ted Egan took him to see Yuendumu play Warrabri in an Australian football game in 1961.
Ted Egan AO, Charles Darwin University
Ted Egan was born in Melbourne but has lived most of his life in the Northern Territory. In his youth he was an outstanding sportsman. He was declared “Territorian of the Year” in 2000, “Living National Treasure” in 2002 and nominated as an Officer (AO) in the Order of Australia for “an outstanding record of service to the Aboriginal people and an ongoing contribution to the literary heritage of Australia, through song and verse”. Ted Egan served as Administrator (Governor) of the Northern Territory from 2003-2007.
In a diverse career that includes entertainer, writer, historian and TV presenter. He has produced thirty albums of music, mainly his own songs. In 1996 he completed his MA with a study of a series of killings in Arnhem Land in the 1930s. Ted was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (D. Litt) by Charles Darwin University and is currently completing a PhD with the same body, researching the life of Northern Territory Administrator Dr J A Gilruth. His key note address is tentatively entitled: “Old Venues – Their History: Their Personalities”, which will focus on the Northern Territory’s many historically significant sporting venues that no longer exist and will touch on the places, events and people that have made Territory sport what it is today.
Dr Rachael Miyung Joo, Middlebury College, Vermont, USA
Rachael Miyung Joo is an Assistant Professor of American Studies at Middlebury College. Her work investigates the connections among sport, nation, race, and gender in transnational Korean contexts. Her new project on the sport of golf brings together cultural studies of sport and environment to explore ideas of nature and nation in South Korean and Korean American communities. She is the author of Transnational Sport: Gender, Media, and Global Korea (Duke University Press, 2012).
Her keynote, “Transnational Asian Sport and Australian Multiculturalism,” will discuss how the rise of Asian sports stars have worked to transform ideas of Asianness in Australia. While transnational sport operates to connect Asian populations in Australia with their “homelands,” sport also operates within the historical context of settler colonialism and white supremacy. Through an analysis of Asian athletes, this talk will explore the relationship between global sport and race in 21st century Australia.