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Date:November 28, 2022

Batchelor Seminar Series 2022: Allegory as a Structure that Supports Two Worlds

Batchelor Institute CEO Leon Yeatman, Elder Academic Dr Sue Stanton, and Prof Brenda Machosky following the seminar.

Batchelor Institute CEO Leon Yeatman, Elder Academic Dr Sue Stanton, and Prof Brenda Machosky following the seminar.

Attendees to the second instalment of the Batchelor Seminar Series enjoyed a lively discussion guided by Professor Brenda Machosky from the University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu on 19 October 2022 at Batchelor campus.

Following a well-received seminar in August, the October edition once again featured a thought-provoking dialogue, this time focused on Allegory: A Structure that Supports Two Worlds.

During the seminar Prof Machosky explained that allegory is not about a hierarchy of meanings, but rather a structure that supports the appearance of things that cannot appear in another way. She defines it as “saying what cannot be said in any other way.”

Prof Machosky’s work centres on the argument that allegory creates a space in which two different things can appear in the same space at the same time. Her research explores whether allegory may be a structure that helps non-Indigenous peoples to understand the coexistence of worlds, as in the lore of Aboriginal peoples.

Her current research focuses on Indigenous literatures of Australia and Aoteoroa in particular. She is currently developing a book that brings together this interest with her lifelong study of allegory. Prof Machosky also noted her motivation to learn more about two-ways knowing, and welcomed the opportunity to share ideas during the presentation at Batchelor Institute.

To date, her published books include Structures of Appearing: Allegory and the Work of Literature and the edited volume Thinking Allegory Otherwise. Her recent essays include “Allegory and the work of Aboriginal Dreaming/Law/Lore” in Allegory Studies: Contemporary Perspectives.

She is president of the American Association of Australasian Literary Studies, and editor of Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australia/New Zealand Studies, an American-based journal that publishes scholarly work about literature, media and culture, as well as creative work. The journal accepts submissions of critical essays from all authors, and creative works from only Australian and New Zealand writers.

The full 2021 Seminar Series is available to watch here, and recordings of the 2022 Seminar Series are located here.

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