BFU presents: Decolonisation, Indigenous sovereignty and ‘the City’

What? Public lecture and discussion

When? 1pm – 2.30pm, Saturday 12th August, 2017

Where? Cnr Russell St and Boundary St, West End, Brisbane.

Who? We are absolutely honoured to present Uncle Sam Watson and Debbi Jones in conversation with facilitator/s Adam Sharah and Jasmyn Shepherd.
This panel discussion will consider the contemporary manifestation of and resistance to colonisation in Brisbane, as well as questions of decolonisation, sovereignty and Indigenous land rights.  The panel will reflect on the idea of decolonising the city: what might that look like? How might it happen? And to paraphrase critical race theorist Franz Fanon, how might Indigenous resistance “restructure the world” to create other solutions, other worlds, and other futures?

For those of you who are interested, this session is in conversation with an earlier BFU event – a conversation called “Decolonising the City” with Melissa Lucaschenko. You can listen to that recording via 4zzz’s Radio Reversal, at

This discussion will be presented as a part of Right to the City Brisbane’s “Break the Boundary III,” a free, public event running from 1pm – 9pm on Saturday 12th August, 2017.  The event as a whole considers the politics and potentials of public space in West End and beyond, and poses broader questions about colonisation, decolonisation, solidarity and resistance.

You can find more details about the Break the Boundary event here:
As usual, these events are completely free and open to everyone.  The space will be family friendly.  The broader Break the Boundary event is a fundraiser for the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy, to raise money to send BASE delegates to a national lore gathering. There will be spaces available to donate, if you wish, and there will be chai available for $2, the proceeds of which will go to BASE.

We acknowledge that Brisbane Free University gathers, meets and organisers on stolen land.  We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future. Sovereignty over these lands was never ceded.

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