Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, Falls Road
12th March: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
The violence of colonialism goes beyond the indignity of occupation and subjugation.
Professor Kristian Lasslett has been researching the Bougainville conflict for over a decade. Initially he conducted investigative research into the war crimes committed during the conflict, looking at state-corporate responsibility. More recently, he has worked with indigenous communities, drawing on decolonizing methodologies, to document the conflict and theorise its meaning.
To conduct this work in a way that is sensitive to local epistemologies, film was used. This enabled communities to use the full repertoire of local methods to communicate history and knowledge, including song, dance, theatre, and story.
During this workshop Professor Lasslett will share a number of vignettes from this collaborative work with local communities on Bougainville. The session will begin by setting out the historical backdrop of the conflict, facts about the war itself, and its aftermath. Then through the filmed vignettes, the war will be framed as an extreme episode in a longer period of violence, captured through the concept of coloniality.
We will then drill into the intangible and tangible forms of violence associated with colonialism, its impacts on communities, and the capacity of this violence to survive beyond the formal granting of independence. It is anticipated this will set the grounds for a dialogue with workshop participants, drawing on local experiences, that connect with the experiences of Bougainville custodians, to build a stronger and more robust set of concepts for thinking about the violence of colonialism.