Inhumanities: Asylum seeker letters and the precarious human rights of contemporary life narrative (2010–2015)

Abstract:
The letters exchanged between asylum seekers and the activists who campaigned on their behalf during the Pacific Solution are now becoming available for scholarly research. In this project the Burnside/Durham and the Smith collections are read as uniquely Australian repositories of life narrative. In a series of critical articles these letters and their correspondents will be interpreted as epistolary communities which have a major contribution to make to debates about subjectivity, national citizenship and belonging. These major new resources will then feature in a monograph on testimony and the limits of the human in the emerging international scholarly field of the human and human rights in literary studies.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
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Funded by:
Australian Research Council