Mobilising a “Spiritual Geography”: The Art and Child Artists of the Carrolup Native School and Settlement, Western Australia

Welcome to a seminar with Ellen Percy Kraly, Guest Professor in Memory of Willy Brandt at MIM, Malmö University and Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies, Colgate University.

Gathering for the seminar is at 14:05 on the ground floor next to the Reception in Niagara.


Artwork in pastels and ink, produced by Aboriginal children removed to the Carrolup Native Settlement and School, Western Australia, between 1945 and 1951 communicates stories of Noongar culture and landscape, as well as dispossession and heartbreak. From forced mobilities and immobilties during days and nights, and over generations, a distinctive and beautiful artistic heritage emerged. This material heritage, too, was moved through and from Noongar country. Illustrated by the art of Carrolup, the culture and identity of the Noongar people has been transcendent, and a “spiritual geography” mapped. The legacies of Carrolup hold lessons that continue to travel, advancing beauty and justice.

Short bio

Ellen Percy Kraly holds the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Colgate University. During 2019, she is serving as the Willy Brandt Guest Professor in International Migration and Ethnic Relations, Malmo University. She is Chair of the Scientific Panel on International Migration of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population and is organizing a workshop on the demography of refugees for the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Her published scholarship has addressed the demography of refugee and forced migration, relationship between immigration and US population and environment, emigration, international migration statistics, immigrant incorporation, and population data systems and human rights.

Dr. Kraly was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Immigration Statistics and has prepared reports on topics including international migration data and immigration policies for the United Nations Statistical Commission, National Academy of Sciences, US Immigration and Naturalization Service, US Census Bureau and US Commission on Immigration Reform.

She teaches courses in geography, environmental studies, peace and conflict studies and sociology at Colgate University, and serves on the faculty elected Committee on Promotion and Tenure.