This seminar is part of NAIDOC Week 2018. It focusses on new approaches to investigating, writing and understanding Aboriginal history, with short presentations by three historians who are working in this field.
Alexandra Roginski is a PhD candidate with the Australian National University and author of The Hanged Man and the Body Thief: Finding Lives in a Museum Mystery (2015). Her presentation, 'Strategy on Stage: Indigenous Performers in Nineteenth-Century Popular Science', explores how the ethnographic history method, which reads through European accounts to interpret the actions that take place in moments of intercultural contact, can help us to populate sites of domination with glimmers of reclaimed power.
Dr Billy Griffiths is the author of Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia. He is a research fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. His paper, 'Haunted Country’, reflects on the work of archaeologist Isabel McBryde and the rise of a new historical consciousness in Australia.
Dr Shannon Faulkhead is currently the Acting Manager of the First Peoples' Department at Museums Victoria. She is also a Senior Research Fellow (the Finkel Fellow) with the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre. She serves on of the Boards of the Koorie Heritage Trust and the Worawa Aboriginal College. Her presentation, 'Animation to continue inter-generational Indigenous language knowledge', demonstrates how the 3D animation is serving as a tool for Indigenous communities to re-engage with and revitalise Indigenous languages and thus to preserve and share intergenerational knowledge of their history.
The seminar will be facilitated by Professor Lynette Russell FRHistS FASSA who is the Director of the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University. Lynette is the immediate past President of the Australian Historical Association. She is Monash's node Director and a Chief Investigator with the Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage. In 2015, she delivered the Annual Lecture for the History Council of Victoria.
The audience at this seminar will have the opportunity to present their own insights and to ask questions of the panellists.
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The seminar is part of an ongoing series, Making Public Histories, that is offered jointly by the Monash University History Program, the History Council of Victoria and the Old Treasury Building. Each seminar aims to explore issues and approaches in making public histories. The seminars are open, free of charge, to anyone interested in the creation and impact of history in contemporary society. Click HERE to learn about other events in the series.
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