Publications

    The Routledge Companion to Global Indigenous History

    30th September, 2021

    by Ann McGrath and Lynette Russell (eds)

    The Routledge Companion to Global Indigenous History presents exciting new innovations in the dynamic field of Indigenous global history while also outlining ethical, political, and practical research. Indigenous histories are not merely concerned with the past but have resonances for the politics of the present and future, ranging across vast geographical distances and deep time

    Deep history and deep listening: Indigenous knowledges and the narration of deep pasts

    13th September, 2021

    by Ann McGrath, Laura Rademaker, and Ben Silverstein

    This article outlines the possibilities of a deep history practice that engages with rather than sidelines Indigenous historical knowledges. Many Indigenous people insist that their knowledge of the deep past demands engagement. They do so, we suggest, because scientific historicism and Indigenous knowledge-systems and historicities already impinge upon and inform each other: they are intertwined. We propose ‘deep listening’ as a way historians might contribute to bringing these practices of deep history into more explicit conversation and address some of the challenges of doing so.

    Artefacts, Archives, and Documentation in the Relational Museum

    15th July, 2021

    by Mike Jones

    Artefacts, Archives, and Documentation in the Relational Museum provides the first interdisciplinary study of the digital documentation of artefacts and archives in contemporary museums, while also exploring the implications of polyphonic, relational thinking on collections documentation.

    Narlim’s Fingerprints: Aboriginal Histories and Rock Art

    12th July, 2021

    by Sally May, Laura Rademaker, Joakim Goldhann, Paul Taçon and Julie Narndal Gumurdu

    This article takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding Aboriginal rock art artists, drawing together insights from the disciplines of archaeology and biography, as well as from Indigenous knowledge-holders, in order to explore the life and work of a relatively unknown rock painter from western Arnhem Land in Australia: Narlim (born c. 1909)

    Songspirals: Sharing Women’s Wisdom of Country through Songlines by Gay’wu Group of Women

    1st May, 2021

    by Ann McGrath

    It is not very often a book comes along that I cannot stop quoting. Indeed, in writing this review, rather than interpreting the book in an academic style review, I was tempted to simply share appealing excerpts. Though it would be difficult to choose which ones, for there are so many.

    Decolonizing Research: Indigenous Storywork as Methodology

    1st May, 2021

    by Mike Jones

    In the two decades since the first edition of Linda Tuhiwai Smith’s Decolonizing Methodologies there has been a flood of work exploring the decolonisation of history, education, pedagogy, universities, maps, landscapes, nature, literature, museums, health and healthcare, diets – the list goes on. Into this crowded market comes Decolonizing Research: Indigenous Storywork as Methodology, edited by Jo-ann Archibald Q’um Q’um Xiiem,

    ‘Throwing Mud’ on Questions of Sovereignty: Race and Northern Arguments over White, Chinese, and Aboriginal Labour, 1905–12

    22nd April, 2021

    by Ben Silverstein

    This article addresses two arguments about Chinese settlers in the Northern Territory. The first, in 1905, was sparked by criticisms of Chinese mining practices and accusations that Chinese people contaminated those Aboriginal people with whom they came into contact. The second was prompted by the imposition, in 1910–11, of restrictions on Chinese rights to work and employ in the Territory. Both were opposed by the Chinese, who represented themselves as deserving and indispensable settlers who had made their home in the Northern Territory. The article argues that these arguments demonstrate the centrality of Aboriginal people to settler practices of being and belonging. Placing Indigeneity and migration in uneasy relation, it examines the emergence of racialised modes of representation as ways of both producing and obscuring sovereignties.

    ‘All things will outlast us’: how the Indigenous concept of deep time helps us understand environmental destruction

    19th August, 2020

    by Ann McGrath

    The bushfire royal commission is examining ways Indigenous land and fire management could improve Australia’s resilience to national disasters. On the face of it, this offers an opportunity to embrace Indigenous ways of knowing. But one traditional practice unlikely to be examined is the Indigenous concept of “deep time”. This concept offers all Australians a blueprint for understanding the land we live on.

    Terra nullius interruptus: Captain James Cook and absent presence in First Nations art

    19th April, 2020

    by Bruce Buchan and Eddie Synot

    Captain James Cook arrived in the Pacific 250 years ago, triggering British colonisation of the region. We’re asking researchers to reflect on what happened and how it shapes us today. You can see other stories in the series here and an interactive here. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised this article contains names and images of deceased people.

    Anthropocene Time

    15th March, 2020

    by Bruce Buchan

    Humanity is both a collective noun and a moral aspiration. Tenuously subsisting between these meanings lies our shared fate in the Anthropocene, the era named for the indelible traces humanity has now inscribed into the archaic record of geological time. Humans, along with the many species and ecosystems on which their futures also depend, are rapidly running out of time.

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