ARC success!

Congratulations to co-directors Assoc Professor Sana Nakata and Professor Sarah Maddison, as well as collaborators Dr Nikki Moodie, Professor Zoë Laidlaw, and Professor Kirsty Gover for their recent success with ARC funding. Read more about their exciting and important projects.

ARC Discovery Projects

Revitalising Indigenous-state relations in Australia

Professor Sarah Maddison, Dr Nikki Moodie, Dr Morgan Brigg (University of Queensland), Dr Elizabeth Strakosch (University of Queensland)

This project aims to investigate the complexity of Indigenous affairs governance and the ongoing tensions in the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the Australian state. The project expects to generate new data on contemporary Indigenous governance arrangements and analyse them using an original conceptual framework to inform knowledge-exchange workshops designed to advance proposed new approaches.

Progressive Education and Race: A transnational Australian history 1920s - 50s

Assoc Professor Sana Nakata, Professor Julie McLeod (University of Melbourne, MGSE), Professor Fiona Paisley (Griffith University), Professor Tony Ballantyne (University of Otago)

This project will provide a new history of progressive education in Australia in the mid-twentieth century by investigating its neglected relationship to and effect upon Indigenous education and colonial governance. Using transnational and comparative methods, it will examine how international progressive ideas informed local initiatives, explore the role of Indigenous advocacy for educational reform and build a genealogy of educability and colonial childhood.

Western Australian Legacies of British Slavery

Professor Zoë Laidlaw, Professor Jane Lydon (UWA), Dr Jeremy Martens (UWA), Professor Paul Arthur (ECU), Professor Catherine Hall (UCL), Mr Keith McClelland (UCL), Professor Alan Lester (US)

This project aims to bring Australia into the global history of slavery by exploring the legacies of British slavery in Western Australia. Through developing innovative methods for biographical research and digital mapping, it will trace the movement of capital, people and culture from slave-owning Britain to WA, and produce a new history of the continuing impact of slavery wealth in shaping colonial immigration, investment, and law.

ARC Future Fellowships

Understanding and Recognising Indigenous Law and Legal Systems

Professor Kirsty Gover

This project aims to analyse the written constitutions and laws of Indigenous nations in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. The Project expects to generate the first comparative study of written Indigenous law. It will generate new knowledge of Indigenous legal concepts that will enable settler and Indigenous officials, scholars and members of the public to better understand and recognise Indigenous law.

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