On "Dancing with Strangers": Rechoreographing Indigenous and British Sovereignty in the Colonial Encounter

Abstract

On January 29, 1778, three days after the First Fleet carrying British sailors and convicts landed in Port Jackson, Sydney Cove, to a place that became the first white settlement in Australia, the sailors met indigenous inhabitants of this country on the beach. In the words of one Lieutenant Bradley, this first-contact event began auspiciously when "all hands danced together." It is the embodied conditions of this event and their rewriting as history that concerns me in this paper.

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@inproceedings{Fensham2012OnW, title={On "Dancing with Strangers": Rechoreographing Indigenous and British Sovereignty in the Colonial Encounter}, author={Rachel Fensham and Sara Yousef Serry Elsayed Ahmed}, year={2012} }