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Current research projects

Deepening Histories of Place

Professor Ann McGrath and team have commenced a large ARC Linkage funded project that will investigate the social and environmental links that create historical ‘highways’ of understanding, including song-lines, tracks, exploration...

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the defence of Australia: New funding for the ACIH and the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the ANU

(image by Stella Bowen, Private, Gowrie House, Oil on hardboard, 11 June 1945 AWM, ART26277) Serving our country: a history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the defence of Australia was awarded more than $1 million as part...

Hidden Histories of the Pilbara

(Photo: Allbrook 2012) In 2011, Dr Malcolm Allbrook and Dr Mary Anne Jebb, of the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at the ANU, were awarded a research grant by AIATSIS to conduct part two of the ‘Hidden Histories of the Pilbara...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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