Lest we forget (matter) posthumanism, memory, and exclusion

Howard, Matthew (2016). Lest we forget (matter) posthumanism, memory, and exclusion. Democratic Theory, 3(1) pp. 71–90.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3167/dt.2016.030105

URL: http://www.berghahnjournals.com/abstract/journals/...


Anzac Day commemoration centers on the Anzac Legend, that volunteer Australian soldiers gave a sense of Australian nationhood a global presence. As such, it is considered an important institution in Australia. Largely absent, or at least uncomfortably present for some Australians, are the voices of aboriginal Australians. This exclusion needs to be fully understood if the Australian polity is to be considered an unrestrictive and representative democracy. This article considers a manner in which the uncovering of the means of exclusion of aboriginal voices from Anzac Day can be achieved. This depends on a radical democratization of research. This article discusses Actor-Network Theory (ANT) and new materialism as methodological imperatives that fulfill this imperative. This article urges a democratic research process that considers how many disparate entities participate in a commemorative network in order to contribute to broader questions of exclusion, citizenship, identity, and recognition.

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