"In bringing together Indigenous and asylum seeker testimony, BUtler forges new ground in the area of Australian cultural history. Her work is exceptionally well researched and referenced; it is scholarly and intellectually challenging."
—Rani Kerin, Australian Historical Studies
“In this innovative and dazzling book, Kelly Jean Butler analyzes the power of personal testimony in contemporary culture. Through listening to the oral histories of marginalized groups, we become witnesses to the past suffering of others. Drawing on Australian case studies—from the national apology to Indigenous people, community movements for cross-racial reconciliation, or televised interviews with ordinary people—Butler astutely interrogates the politics of memory and history in daily life, and the potential through witnessing for a new ethics of citizenship.”
—Kate Darian-Smith, professor of Australian studies, history, and cultural heritage, University of Melbourne