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Professor Jane Lydon, Wesfarmers Chair in Australian History at the University of Western Australia delivered the 2019 Geoffrey Bolton Lecture on the 14 October 2019 October 18, 2019

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Truth-telling, Archives and Human Rights’

Professor Jane Lydon, Wesfarmers Chair in Australian History at the University of Western Australia  delivered the 2019 Geoffrey Bolton Lecture on 14 October 2019


Venue: State Theatre Centre, 174-176 William Street (cnr Roe Street), Perth

Date and time: Monday 14 October 2019 at 6pm

Over recent decades there has been growing interest in the history of human rights and the role of archives in both shaping and documenting this story.  Archives play a key part in helping societies deal with painful histories and in building peaceful futures through dialogue and debate. As Australia continues to grapple with its history of colonial encounters, Indigenous calls for ‘truth-telling’ pose profound challenges to the nation. The 2019 Geoffrey Bolton Lecture will address these issues among others and will also explore the question – if the archive is a powerful source for determining what is true, how do we respond to the silencing of marginal voices, absences and mis-representations that have shaped our past, and instead forge a flourishing and just future?

An educator, researcher and award winning author, Professor Lydon’s books include the edited collection Visualising Human Rights (UWA Publishing 2018), and Imperial Emotions: The Politics of Empathy Across the British Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2019) which examines the way that emotional narratives created relationships across the British empire, throughout the nineteenth century and into the present. She is currently working on a study of the links between the British anti-slavery movement and Australian history titled No Slavery in a Free Land? Anti-Slavery and Australia (Routledge, 2020). Professor Lydon holds fellowships of the Australian Academy of Humanities and the Society of Antiquaries of London, and is member of the Council of the National Trust (Western Australia).

Carol Bolton with Professor Jane Lydon UWA at the State Theatre for the 2019 Geoffrey Bolton Lecture