Sarah Keenan

Sarah Keenan is Lecturer in Law at SOAS, University of London

Decolonising Australia, 2 December 2016, Senate House, London

Event:   Decolonising Australia Roxley Foley, Firekeeper and spokesperson of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy Canberra Ex Freedom Summit delegate will be speaking via Skype on issues of ongoing Australian colonial paradigms that are contributing to the continued dispossession, assimilation and genocide of Australia’s original sovereign peoples. The Aboriginal peoples of Australia are leading the fight to…

Give back the Gweagal shield

Sarah Keenan interviews Rodney Kelly, Vincent Forrester and Roxley Foley, who are in London seeking the repatriation of the Gweagal shield from the British Museum.Even if you are a regular visitor at the British Museum, you probably haven’t noticed the Gweagal shield. It hangs on a hoall of the ‘Enlightenment’ room, a long regal chamber…

Social Justice: Call for Book Proposals

Social Justice, published by Routledge, editors: Davina Cooper, Sarah Keenan, Sarah Lamble. The Social Justice Book Series welcomes new manuscripts and book proposals. We are also happy to talk with authors whose book projects are at an early stage about the series. The aim of the series is to publish books that contribute to diverse interdisciplinary conversations,…

Hillary Clinton, Riot Grrrl and Subversive Property

I came late to riot grrrl. It was 2004 and there was a rush on tickets in Brisbane to see a band called Le Tigre. It seemed like every lesbian in the city was going. “What kind of music is it?” I asked my then girlfriend. “They’re girls”, she answered, “they shout a lot.” This…

“I am Charlie and I guard the Master’s house”

How “Je suis Charlie” undermines struggles against oppression.We condemn the Charlie Hebdo killings. We wholeheartedly and unreservedly condemn the killings and believe that no justification exists or can ever exist for them. We feel it necessary to make our condemnation explicit because we have found that there is a tendency to read an absence of…

Law cannot determine whether Assange is guilty of sexual assault

Like many others, I used to admire Julian Assange. In 2009 I took part in a campaign to nominate Assange for ‘Australian of the Year’, thinking that putting forward a journalist who actively publishes material that challenges nationalistic myths for a nationalistic prize, was a small but effective political statement about what makes a good…

All Rise: What Does Justice Sound Like?

‘Liberate Tate’ raises awareness of the uglier side to BP funding of Tate galleriesThree years ago last Saturday, an oil rig around 50 kilometres off the coast of Louisiana exploded.  The explosion killed eleven workers instantaneously, and marked the beginning of an 87-day period of uncontrollable crude oil spillage into the Gulf of Mexico, the…

Australian government asked to leave aboriginal community

Just over five years ago, on 21 June 2007, Australia’s then prime minister John Howard announced that rates of child sex abuse in the country’s Northern Territory aboriginal communities were so high that they constituted a national emergency.  Drawing on the federal government’s constitutional power to override Territory legislation, and suspending Australia’s Racial Discrimination Act…

Racism, Sexism and Swimming at the London Olympics

I’ve been a little taken aback this week at the level of racism against China in the British and US media, and on longer-than-usual comment threads on various friends’ facebook walls.  I mean, I know that racism in sport and in the media is nothing new, and I know that being mixed race white-Chinese, I’m…

Art as Disobedience: Liberate Tate’s Gift to the Nation

This weekend was an eventful one for the Tate Modern.  Late Saturday morning, pursuant to section 7 of the Museums and Galleries Act 1992, art collective Liberate Tate presented the gallery with an unexpected ‘gift to the nation’.  That gift was a 1.5 tonne, 16.5 metre wind turbine blade, recovered from a field in Wales,…

This boat was stopped

At least 28 Iranian and Iraqi asylum-seekers drowned yesterday within sight of the Australian territory they were aiming for. The media keeps emphasizing that there were “women and children” on board. If they were all men, would we not need to feel bad about it? is there a universal innocence about women and children that…

Massey v Harvey: The Punch-up that Didn’t Happen

Early in opening discussion at the ‘Spatial Justice’ workshop, Massey said that those who had come for a punch-up were going to be disappointed, and she was right. While I wasn’t blood-thirsty for a Massey Harvey heavy-weight match, along with many others I was looking forward to what a direct dialogue between these two hugely…