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Reading the Country: 30 Years On

Philip Morrissey
Chris Healy

Steeped in story-telling and endlessly curious, Reading the Country: An Introduction to Nomadology (1984) was the product of Paddy Roe, Stephen Muecke and Krim Benterrak experimenting with what it might be like to think together about country. Their book has since become one of the great twentieth-century works of intercultural dialogue.

Reading the Country: 30 Years On is a celebration of that book—examining not only its place and time of creation but also its movement across social, philosophical and political surfaces, seeping into the way we look and learn and teach about how people are, or could be, part of country.

Recalling a spirit of intellectual risk and respect, in this collection Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, poets, writers and publishers acknowledge the past and look, with hope, to future transformations of culture and country. 

Reading the Country: 30 Years On is the third volume in the ‘CSR Books’ series, the previous volumes being History, Power, Text: Cultural Studies and Indigenous Studies (2014) edited by Timothy Neale, Crystal McKinnon and Eve Vincent, and Art in the Global Present (2014) edited by Nikos Papastergiadis and Victoria Lynn.



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About the Editors: 

Philip Morrissey is the former Head of Australian Indigenous Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. He is currently the curator and keeper of the Lionel Fogarty archive. His most recent publication is Lionel Fogarty: Selected Poems 1980-2017 (co-edited with Tyne Daile Sumner, 2017).

Chris Healy teaches cultural studies at the University of Melbourne and is co-editor of the journal Cultural Studies Review. His previous publications include Forgetting Aborigines (2008) and Assembling Culture (co-edited with Tony Bennett, 2011).