ACIH Research projects

Baz Luhrmann’s Australia Reviewed

Baz Luhrmann’s Australia Reviewed

Arguably, Baz Luhrmann's Australia is the most ambitious, creative and expensive engagement with our nation's past since the opening of the National Museum of Australia in 2001. In December 2009, Shino Konishi and Maria Nugent convened a conference on the film at the National Museum of Australia, generously supported by the Museum’s Centre for...
Through Travellers’ Eyes: Foreign Observations of Aboriginal People and British Colonisation, 1800-1850

Through Travellers’ Eyes: Foreign Observations of Aboriginal People and British Colonisation, 1800-1850

Shino Konishi is currently working on a research project which critically examines encounters between travellers and Aboriginal people throughout Australia in the first half of the nineteenth century. It explores how these encounters affected the Western travellers' engagement with the emerging Victorian anthropological thought and provoked...
Remembering Dispossession

Remembering Dispossession

Maria Nugent is currently engaged in a large research project called “Remembering Dispossession”, which uses a series of case studies to explore the ways in which Aboriginal people interpret and narrate their historical experiences under colonial conditions. One case study examines Aboriginal interpretations of the figure of Captain Cook over two...
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Defence Service History Project

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Defence Service History Project

This twelve month pilot project will involve conducting research on the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's involvement in Australia's defence services, across the major conflicts and in peacetime operations. Funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs in collaboration with the ANU National Centre for Indigenous Studies and...
The Queen gave us the Land: Aboriginal people's histories and memories of Queen Victoria

The Queen gave us the Land: Aboriginal people's histories and memories of Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria is a potent figure in Aboriginal people's histories and memories. Maria Nugent recently received an ARC Discovery Project grant (DP110100230) to examine Aboriginal people's interactions with Queen Victoria during her reign in the nineteenth century, and the stories they have told and the claims they have made about her ever since....
Exploring the Middle Ground: New Histories of Cross-Cultural Encounters in Australian Maritime and Land Exploration

Exploring the Middle Ground: New Histories of Cross-Cultural Encounters in Australian Maritime and Land Exploration

Shino Konishi and Maria Nugent, along with Tiffany Shellam (a PhD graduate from ACIH, now lecturer at Deakin University), have received an ARC Discovery Project Grant (DP110100931) for a three-year project that seeks to reinvigorate Australian exploration history through the lens of cross-cultural relations and encounters. The research will bring...

Australia's Ancient and Recent Pasts: A History of the Willandra Lakes

In August 2011, Professor Ann McGrath started work on a three year ARC Discovery project which aims to forge innovative approaches to writing deep time history. With Research Associate Dr Malcolm Allbrook, Professor McGrath will examine the history of research in the internationally significant Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area in western New...

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