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A semiotic analysis of the Indigenous Australians exhibition undertaken in 1998 by Professor Bob Hodge, University of Western Sydney

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Professor Bob Hodge, University of Western Sydney
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Abstract

From the author's introduction: "This is intended to be a careful and useful analysis of the new Indigenous Australian exhibition at the Australian Museum. However, it may be useful if I say unambiguously at the outset that I see no merit in pretending to be objective about its aims, values and accomplishment. I was profoundly impressed by this exhibition. I regard it as a significant event in museology and in Australian cultural history. So I will not waste space in demonstrating the fact of its success, but will ask what I hope will be more useful questions about implications and possibilities the exhibition raises, to assist in developing the present exhibition over the next ten years, to design other similar exhibitions by the Museum in other locations, or to spell out lessons that other museums might learn from this exhibition."

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