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Lynette Russell

Professor Lynette Russell is holds the Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies, Monash University. She trained as an archaeologist before turning to historical and Indigenous studies and the application of application of post-colonial theory. She has published widely in the areas of Aboriginal History, post-colonialism and Indigenous Australia and representations of race.

Her book Savage Imaginings explored authorised historical and contemporary constructions of Australian Indigeneity and her book A Little Bird Told Me presented a more personal account of Aboriginality based on the life of a Wotjabaluk woman who was imprisoned in a series of mental institutions in the early part of the 20th century. 

She edited Colonial Frontiers: Indigenous-European Interactions in Settler Colonies and co-edited Constructions of Colonialism: Perspectives on Eliza Fraser’s Shipwreck. With Dr Ian McNiven she explored the post-colonial and colonial underpinnings of archaeology as practiced in settler societies, this book is entitled Appropriated Pasts: Archaeology and Indigenous People in Settler Colonies. Her most recent book was Boundary Writing: living across the boundaries of race, sex and gender

She is currently working a new book an Indigenous people in the early sealing industry 1790-1870.

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