Seeing Culture, Seeing Schapelle: Schapelle Corby as (Inter)National Visual Event
The recent arrest and conviction of Australian Schapelle Corby on charges of drug smuggling in Indonesia ignited a range of national and international political and racialised tensions. This paper explores the Schapelle Corby phenomenon as an intersection of events and practices across the field of visual culture. It places the analysis of Schapelle Corby related visual texts and associated sites within an examination of history, national identity, national security and public memory. Thus the paper seeks to articulate and explore Australia’s place within the Asia-Pacific, and the resurgence of nationalistic and neocolonial discourses within the contexts of globalisation and the 'war on terror'.
Keywords: Visual Culture, Terror, Representation, National Identity
Dr Anthony Lambert
Lecturer, Department of Critical and Cultural Studies