The idea that we as Australians have a special and significant relationship with the horse has been around for a long time. From ‘Banjo’ Paterson’s ‘Man from Snowy River’, to the exploits of the Light Horse during WWI, to the figure of the stockman in the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the horse features strongly in constructions of Australian national identity. But do these notions actually reflect Australia today? And where do such ideas originate?
This blog is a place to discuss some of these issues (new posts go up every second Wednesday).
I am a PhD student at the Australian National University in Canberra. My research revolves around horse remains in collections and how they are interpreted, particularly in terms of narratives of national identity. I also really enjoy following tangents, so this blog will touch on all things horsey! While much of the terrain I cover might not be directly related to my PhD, the blog provides the space to encounter different ideas, and provides a platform to articulate and explore some of them. I hope you enjoy reading along!
You can also follow me on Twitter @HorseDiscourse, though I admit to not being much of a tweeter!