The University of Split Colloquium – Call for Papers

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCREEN AND SOUND RESEARCH CENTRE
MURDOCH UNIVERSITY
IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF SPLIT, CROATIA,
AND IN ASSOCIATION WITH
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THE BARQUE STEFANO YINIKURTIRA FOUNDATION

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Stefano Shipwreck:
Contested Narratives and Contested Identities

Colloquium

Friday & Saturday, 11-12 September 2015
The University of Split
Split, Croatia

Please e-mail your 150 word abstracts for a 20-30 minute presentation
in any format (papers, videos, slides, panels)

by
23 June 2015
to

J.Petkovic@murdoch.edu.au
stipe@pmfst.hr

Dr Josko Petkovic, Director NASS Research Centre, Murdoch University,
Chair Barque Stefano Yinikurtira Foundation
Dr Stjepan Orhanovic, Assistant Professor, The University of Split

Colloquium

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Stefano Shipwreck:
Contested Narratives and Contested Identities

Friday & Saturday, 11-12 September 2015

The remote Western Australia Ningaloo Coast is one of the most impressive coastlines in the world. It contains the longest fringe coral reef in Australia and its pristine beauty is protected by a series of marine parks. In June 2011 the World Heritage Committee declared the Ningaloo Coast to be on the World Heritage List.

In 1875, when this coastline was still largely unexplored by Europeans, it became the setting for a most dramatic shipwreck story involving the stranded mariners from the Croatian barque Stefano (sailing under the Austro-Hungarian flag) and the coastal Yinikurtira Australians. Of the seventeen Stefano crew, only two survived the six-month ordeal. The two mariners, Miho Bačić and Ivan Jurić, survived by joining a group of Yinikurtira nomads and living with them for three months until 18 April 1876 when they were picked up by Charles Tuckey in his cutter Jessie.

The full details of this story were kept secret for over 120 years and became widely known only in 1990 when Gustave Rathe, the grandson of Miho Bačić, published his book The Wreck of the Barque Stefano off the North West Coast of Australia (Hesperian Press). The book itself was an adaptation of the secret manuscript completed shortly after the two shipwrecked sailors returned home to Dubrovnik and with the help of Canon Stjepan Škurla. The 276-page manuscript, written in Italian, was subsequently passed on by Bačić and his family to their descendants. The manuscript came with a map on which the alphabetical points A to Z depicted the locations where the castaways had travelled with their Indigenous helpers. This journey neatly overlaps today’s World Heritage-listed Ningaloo coastline.

The Stefano Shipwreck website can be found at:
http://imjournal.murdoch.edu.au/im-issue-3-2007/

The translated manuscript can be found at:
http://imjournal.murdoch.edu.au/?media_dl=435

The Stefano shipwreck story invokes a range of contested narratives, contested languages and contested national identities (Aboriginal Australian, Colonial Australian, British, English, Croatian, Austrian, Austro-Hungarian, Italian). One aim of the Colloquium is to explore this cross-cultural story and find out as much as is possible about the sailors on the barque Stefano and about the Aboriginal Australians who helped them survive. To complement the Colloquium presentations several contemporary Australian films, directed by Indigenous Australians, will be screened at the Split International Festival of New Film.

Colloquium is also an opportunity to present any new information on the Stefano crew. The crew list includes mariners from the following localities:

RIJEKA                       Martin Osoinak, First Mate
RIJEKA                       Gregor Pavisić, Quartermaster
RIJEKA                       Fortuna Bučić, Quartermaster
MALI LOŠINJ             Josip Perančić
MALI LOŠINJ             Domenik Antončić, Ship Carpenter
KUĆIŠTE                    Toma Dediol
POTOMJE                  Ivan Pavlo Radović
OSKORUŠNO            Ivan Jurić
GRUŽ                         Baldasar Vukasinović
DUBROVNIK              Karlo Costa, Second Captain
DUBROVNIK              Ivan Lovrinović, Second Mate
DUBROVNIK              Vlaho Miloslavić, Captain
DUBROVNIK              Miho Bačić, Cadet
KONAVLE                   Nikola Brajević
DOBROTA                  Bozidar Vulović
KOTOR                       Mato Zanetović, Cook
CARDIFF, WALES      Henry Groiss, Cabin Boy


Please e-mail your 150 word abstracts for a 20-30 minute presentation
in any format (papers, videos, slides, panels)

by
23 June 2015
to

J.Petkovic@murdoch.edu.au
stipe@pmfst.hr

Dr Josko Petkovic, Director NASS Research Centre, Murdoch University,
Chair Barque Stefano Yinikurtira Foundation
Dr Stjepan Orhanovic, Assistant Professor, The University of Split

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