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

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
Funded by:
Australian Research Council