New Publication
15 May 2017

»And there'll be NO dancing«. Perspectives on Policies Impacting Indigenous Australia since 2007,
ed. by Elisabeth Bähr, Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp

Cover No Dancing

Included therein, my chapter »Who are the Aborigines?« Western Images of Indigenous Australians, which »traces stereotypical representations of Indigenous Australians from the first documented instances of Indigenous-European contact to the present day. Contextualising historical notions such as »Australian Negroes«, »Black Caucasians« and »Poorest Objects of the Habitable Globe« and exploring the multiple functions the concepts served, [it] shows that former discriminating images of Indigenous Australians continue to inform present-day discourse and serve to legitimate government intervention and policy«.

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›Making Black White
15 Sep 2016

Invited Talk
11 October 2016, Universität zu Köln

»Making Black White«. Sugar Consumption and Racial Unity in Australia
Talk given as laureate at the award ceremony for the Dissertation Prize 2016 by the Association for Australian Studies at the conference »Nature and Environment«, University of Cologne, October 2016.

Europe and Down Under. Bridging Gaps and Fostering Connections

04 Jun 2016


Conference at the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznán, Poland
1 & 2 July 2016

Conference Website

The aim of the conference is to bring together European, Australian, and New Zealand scholars and to provide a venue for exchanging views, ideas and research findings on Australian and New Zealand cultures and societies. We invite scholars representing multiple disciplines (history, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, literary studies, law, political science, linguistics and other) to share their research and pedagogies; and Australian and New Zealand writers and artists to share their work.
Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Prof. Ryszard Wolny, Head of the Institute of English, Opole University.

In bookstores now!

23 Jan 2016

Simianization. Apes, Class, Gender, and Race                                 Ray 6

ed. by Wulf D. Hund, Charles W. Mills, Silvia Sebastiani.
(Racism Analysis Yearbook 6). Berlin [et al.]: Lit 2015.
€24,90 ISBN: 978-3-643-90716-5

... including Stefanie Affeldt: Exterminating the Brute. Sexism and Racism in ›King Kong‹, pp. 139-170

›Weißer Zucker‹ in Münster

05 Nov 2015

Invited Talk
11 November 2015, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Weißer Zucker. Die Produktion und Konsumtion von Weißsein in Australien
[White Sugar. The Production and Consumption of Whiteness in Australia

»The ›Intervention‹ and its Consequences«

05 May 2015

09-10 October 2015, University of Bonn

Just before the federal election in 2007, the Australian federal government led by John Howard issued the “Northern Territory National Emergency Response” (NTER, commonly known as “The Intervention”) officially in reaction to a report by the local Northern Territory government about the sexual abuse and supposed neglect of Indigenous children. These emergency laws authorised the Australian government to drastically intervene in the self-determination of Indigenous communities. Among the measures taken were an extreme of police and military presence in the respective communities, a suspension of the Racial Discrimination Act of 1975, a cancellation of the right to prohibit access by non-community members to areas given to Indigenous communities via the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act of 1976, the abolition of the consideration of Indigenous customary law, the mandatory allocation of social security contributions, the prohibition of alcohol, the blocking of websites with pornographic content on public computers and a compulsory medical examination of all children in the areas concerned.
   The “Intervention” and the political measures subsequently taken have led to heated controversies and continue to divide the Australian nation until the present day. It has put a strain on the relationship between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous population as well as on the relationship between urban Aborigines and remote Indigenous communities. Furthermore, the trauma of the past has been revived and thus the process of reconciliation has been substantially damaged. Anthropologists, lawyers, political scientists, historians and sociologists have been discussing the “Intervention” and its consequences; at the same, it has become a theme in art, film and literature. The aim of this conference is to examine the “Intervention” and its consequences from the perspectives of a diverse range of disciplines.

Conference Website

›NT Intervention revived trauma of the past, damaged reconciliation, German academics say‹
ABC News, 29 May 2015

»Who are the Aborigines?«. The Western Image of Indigenous Australians
my Abstract

»Gender Theory from the Global South«

23 Oct 2014

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Raewyn Connell

28 November 2014 at the Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Hörsaal 3

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Tommy Walker @ the Völkerkundemuseum Zürich

8 Oct 2014

Invited Talk at the Ethnological Museum at the University of Zurich

Donnerstag, 20. Nov 2014, 19:00 Uhr bis 20:30 Uhr

In 1901, Ngarrindjeri man Pollapalingada, whom the settlers of Adelaide called Tommy Walker. The well-known Aborigine had been interred in an official ceremony at the city cemetery; in actual fact his grave remained (almost) empty and became a testament to the contemporary scientific desecration of graves.
      Walker's bones had been taken by the local inspector of anatomy, hospital doctor and coroner, William Ramsay Smith, and sent to William Turner, a renowned professor of anatomy in Edinburgh. Despite a lengthy trial in which the illicitness of this course of action was acknowledged and during whose progress demands for the repatriation of Tommy Walker's remains were proclaimed by the public, it took almost another century until he could finally be laid to rest in his ancestors' soil.

Consuming Whiteness
Australian Racism and the ›White Sugar‹ Campaign

2 Oct 2014

... now at a book dealer or library near you ...

   Table of Contents         CW cover

At the end of the nineteenth century, there was a veritable compulsion towards ›whiteness‹. The federation of the Australian colonies into the Commonwealth of Australia was the endpoint of more than a hundred years of legitimation of British land taking and more than a decade of evocation of the ›white‹ community. In this context, the racism imported from Europe was specified and fortified by the alleged ›yellow peril‹, which was springing from the geographical location of the Australian continent. The ensuing ›white Australia policy‹ has so far largely been discussed with regard only to the political-ideological perspective. No account was taken of the central problem of racist societalization, that is the everyday production and reproduction of ›race‹ as a social relation (›doing race‹) which was supported by broad sections of the population.

   In her broad study, Stefanie Affeldt investigates into the connection of Australian racism and the ›white sugar‹ campaign. The latter was only able to achieve success because it was embedded in an all-encompassing ›white Australia culture‹ that found expression in ›traditional‹ as well as in everyday culture. Literature, music, theatre, museums and the science of Australia contributed to the dissemination of racist stereotypes and the stabilization of ›white‹ identity. The consumption of sugar became, quite literally, the consumption of ›whiteness‹: the colour of its crystals melted with the skin colour ascribed to its producers to the trope of doubly white sugar. Its consumption was at the same time personal affirmation of the consumers’ membership in the ›white race‹ and pledge to the ›white‹ nation; its purchase was supposedly a contribution to the ›racial‹ homogenization and defence of the country, and was meant to overall serve the preservation of ›white‹ supremacy.

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   Publisher's Announcement

GdFF Workshop 2014

19 Aug 2014

24-26 October 2014 at the University of Hamburg, Department of Socioeconomics (Von-Melle-Park 6)
for students and teachers of old and new

for more information see the flyer

See the conference proceedings here