Writing, in and to Arrivance

  • Elizabeth Mackinlay


In Chap.  6, I entangle the past and present of writing words about the worlds of Indigenous Australian peoples. This chapter tells a story about the beginning and ending of my academic work as a traditional ethnographer and ethnomusicologist to becoming a critical autoethnographer. Reflecting on letters, notes, transcriptions and scraps of writing in and out of the “field”, I draw upon the Cixousian concept of arrivance to position the personal relationships I hold with the Yanyuwa Aboriginal community at Burrulula in the Northern Territory of Australia alongside the power and privileges I hold as a white-settler-colonial academic, and the particular kind of writing practices this makes possible and problematic all at once.


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  • Elizabeth Mackinlay
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  1. 1.School of EducationThe University of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia

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