Tourism and Place-Making at Uluru (Ayers Rock): From Wasteland to Spiritual Birthing Site, 1929-1958

By Jillian Barnes.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper traces the tourist gazes constructed for Uluru (Ayers Rock) by Australia's official tourism authority when the new nation underwent tumultuous socio-political change, ideological ferment and an identity realignment.

Keywords: Place-making, Tourist gaze, Tourist site sacralisation, Indigenous dispossession, Cultural appropriation, National identity, Exploration, Wilderness, Environmentalism, Anthropology, Totemic place

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 3, Issue 9, pp.77-104. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.860MB).

Ms Jillian Barnes

Jillian has a business background in arts marketing and industrial consulting, and has recently worked on a documentary film in Central Australia with members of the Arrernte community at Hermannsburg. During her doctoral research she has edited "Historia", an annual publication of the Department of History at The University of Sydney, given guest lectures on Australian race relations, constructions of Indigenous identity and transgressive acts by Indigenous peoples to escape 'captured' or stereotypical images, and tutored in a new History subject, developed by Dr Kirsten McKenzie, Race Relations and Australian Frontiers.


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