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Smuggled: An Illegal History of Journeys to Australia


In person talk with Ruth Balint.

Ruth Balint will discuss the ideas behind her book SMUGGLED: An Illegal History of Journeys to Australia, tracing the fascinating story of people smuggling in Australia's migrant history, from the Second World War through to the present.

Nowadays, when we hear the term 'people smuggler', we immediately conjure images of mafia networks, organised crime, and mass deaths at sea. But people smuggling has a history in Australian migration that stretches well beyond the maritime borders of our nation, and a longer lineage than the recent refugee movements of the 21st century.

Co-authored by Ruth Balint and Julie Kalman and based on original research and revealing personal interviews, SMUGGLED marks the first attempt to detach the term 'people smuggler' from its pejorative connotations, and provides a compelling insight into a defining yet unexplored part of Australia's history. Ruth Balint is Associate Professor of History at the University of New South Wales. She teaches and writes about forced migration and refugees in the twentieth century.

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This FREE EVENT will be held in person at the newly renovated Henry Carmichael Theatre at Level 1, 280 Pitt Street Sydney.

TIME: 12:30PM - 1:30PM
   1 hour

REGISTRATION: Registration to attend this event is essential due to limited capacity (as per COVID-19 safety regulations). Register via the SMSA website - see link below.


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