History, Memory and Decolonial Futures Research Collective

The History, Memory and Decolonial Futures Research Collective advances and promotes multidisciplinary research on the social efforts to dismantle colonial and settler colonial power structures to create decolonial futures.

About

We examine how institutions deeply intertwined with colonialism - including museums, universities, and corporations - are confronting these histories. Simultaneously, we study how communities and individuals challenge ongoing forms of coloniality through decolonial practice in a range of mediums such as art, film, literature, performance, and more.

Our research collective is built around an existing network of scholars with a strong expertise in decolonial work in the contexts of Indonesia and the Netherlands. We are seeking to build new connections with scholars with expertise on the UK, Australia and beyond.

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Our Research

Decolonial Memory Activism

Research Program 1
This research program has a focus on comparisons of decolonial memory activism in the Asia Pacific and beyond.

Decolonial Methodologies

Research Program 2
This research program compiles key resources in this field and ongoing discussions across the collective. It draws from practices of decoloniality from artists, writers, film makers, performers, and others.

Research Training

The collective aims to attract a new cohort of national and international PhD students working in this cutting-edge field of decolonial studies. We will run workshops for existing PhD students with prominent national and international visitors.

Researcher Translation and Impact

We aim to significantly enhance the research translation and impact of all our work internationally through a podcast series and this website.

Collective Members

We have a wide range of experts in our collective from the University of Melbourne, as well as from University of Sydney and the Australian National University. We also have valued international colleagues from Universitas Negeri Malang in Indonesia, and University of Amsterdam, VU Amsterdam, Utrecht University, University College Groningen, and Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies in the Netherlands.

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Research Leads and Co-Directors

Publications

Journal Articles

Black, S., Kennedy, R., & Kent, L. (2024). "Memory, activism and the arts in Asia and the Pacific". Memory Studies17(3), 471-479

Katharine McGregor co-authored with Ana Dragojlovic, (2024) “Songs from Another Land: Decolonizing memories of colonialism and the nutmeg trade”, Memory Studies17(3), 599-612

Ana Dragojlovic co-authored with Annemarie Samuels, (2023) "Silent Reverberations: Potentialities of Attuned Listening”, American Anthropologist, 125(4), 880-883

Katharine McGregor co-authored with Ana Dragojlovic, (2022) '‘They Call Me Babu’: The Politics of Visibility and Gendered Memories of Dutch Colonialism in Indonesia', special issue on 'Mobilising Affect, Trauma, Memory: The Politics of Gendered Memory and Gendered Silence', Women's History Review, 31(6), 933-952

Dragojlovic, A. and C.L. Quinan, 2023. "Queering Memory: Toward re-membering otherwise", Memory Studies, 16(1), 3-11

Dragojlovic, A. & C.L. Quinan, 2023. ‘’Queering and Decolonising the Museums: ‘In the Presence of Absence’ exhibition"Memory Studies, 16(1), 161-165

Books

Tracing Silences: Towards an Anthropology of the Unspoken and Unspeakable

Systemic Silencing: Activism, Memory, and Sexual Violence in Indonesia

Book Chapters

Practising Affect for Haunted Speakability: Triggering Trauma through an Interactive Art Project

Contact

Email us contact or partner with us at the History, Memory and Decolonial Futures Research Collective
decolonial-futures@unimelb.edu.au

Banner Image: Zico Albaiquni, University of Melbourne PhD Candidate, Mencari Arah menuju pengertian lukis sedia kala (In the search of lukis in the sense of what It used to be), VCA. This work is offers a critical decolonial reflection on "mooi indie," or the colonial influence in Indonesian art which includes the prioritisation of aesthetic beauty above all else. This perspective has led to the exoticisation of people, portraying them in a manner that suggests they are natural and untouched, detached from the harsh realities of colonial life. This depiction effectively sanitises and distorts the true social and historical context, reinforcing simplistic and idealised views of the past. (Licensed)