The phrase “disputed territories” can represent a great many things, from actual land to the metaphor of academic turf. The landscapes of Australasia and southern Africa have long been, and continue to be, disputed territories. This volume developed out of a year-long program of interdisciplinary seminars entitled “Land, Place, Culture, Identity” at the University of Western Australia, which explored the intersection of history, representation, and identity in Australasia and southern Africa. The volume’s ten essays explore the “imaginative possession” of the land (p. 3), and cover a range of topics in both historical and contemporary settings. The contributions roam widely, focusing on texts and images, settlers and natives, textual studies and social inquiry. By crossing boundaries and deconstructing binaries, the editors hope to find a fruitful common ground in a region that, by nature, requires interdisciplinary research. The result is a set of engaging essays that raises important questions about the interdisciplinary research presented in the volume. © Christina Dando This article is available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY).
Dando, Christina E., "Review of Disputed Territories: Land, Culture and Identity in Settler Societies, edited by D. Trigger and G. Griffiths" (2007). Geography and Geology Faculty Publications. 13.