The role of the internet and digital technologies in the struggle for recognition of the forgotten Australians

Adkins, Barbara A., Hancox, Donna, & Klaebe, Helen G. (2012) The role of the internet and digital technologies in the struggle for recognition of the forgotten Australians. In Proceedings of iCS-OII 2011 Symposium on the Dynamics of the Internet and Society : A Decade in Time, Social Science Electronic Publishing, University of Oxford, pp. 1-23.

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Our contemporary public sphere has seen the 'emergence of new political rituals, which are concerned with the stains of the past, with self disclosure, and with ways of remembering once taboo and traumatic events' (Misztal, 2005). A recent case of this phenomenon occurred in Australia in 2009 with the apology to the 'Forgotten Australians': a group who suffered abuse and neglect after being removed from their parents – either in Australia or in the UK - and placed in Church and State run institutions in Australia between 1930 and 1970. This campaign for recognition by a profoundly marginalized group coincides with the decade in which the opportunities of Web 2.0 were seen to be diffusing throughout different social groups, and were considered a tool for social inclusion. This paper examines the case of the Forgotten Australians as an opportunity to investigate the role of the internet in cultural trauma and public apology. As such, it adds to recent scholarship on the role of digital web based technologies in commemoration and memorials (Arthur, 2009; Haskins, 2007; Cohen and Willis, 2004), and on digital storytelling in the context of trauma (Klaebe, 2011) by locating their role in a broader and emerging domain of social responsibility and political action (Alexander, 2004).

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ID Code: 57064
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: The Role of the Internet, Trauma and Loss, The Forgotten Australians, Testimonies
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Interactive Media (190205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies (200201)
Divisions: Past > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 (please consult the authors).
Deposited On: 14 Feb 2013 05:56
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2017 22:19

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