Minoru Hokari (1971-2004) was a pathbreaking scholar and inspiring colleague who made outstanding contributions towards ‘cross-culturalising' historical practice and towards developing a respectful collaborative research strategy with Indigenous Australians. A graduate of Hitotsubashi University (MEc 1996) and The Australian National University (PhD 2001), Minoru conducted fieldwork amongst Gurindji elders, who he acknowledged as exceptional historians in their own right. His untimely death in 2004 curtailed a very promising career.
The Connecting with Minoru Hokari website contains more information about Minoru's life and work. The website lists Minoru's published writings, including pdfs of many of his articles and translations. It also contains the transcript of an oral history interview of Minoru by historian Peter Read and tributes to Minoru by his family, friends and colleagues.
Minoru's colleagues and friends decided to establish a scholarship to him as a memorial. More information about the Minoru Hokari Memorial Scholarship are available on the School of History website.
We are still raising funds for this Scholarship - donations are welcome!