Academic journal article Australian Aboriginal Studies

News and Information

Academic journal article Australian Aboriginal Studies

News and Information

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News and Information is a section of Australian Aboriginal Studies designed to inform readers of current activities and outcomes within the AIATSIS Research Program and related programs within the Institute. This information should be of particular value to researchers.

Each issue lists seminars held during the previous half year, reports on recent additions to the Library and Audio-Visual Archives, and lists new publications from Aboriginal Studies Press. The first issue each year also lists grants offered following the Institute's May Council meeting, and the second issue contains reports of research and related activities of members of the Research Program.


Ms Kerry Arabena, Visiting Research Fellow Social Health, with Dr Graham Henderson and the Principal, Mr Steve Larkin, worked on several collaborative projects with Indigenous communities, including through the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (CRCAH). Ms Arabena outlined a model of the 'universal citizen' using a framework that connects Indigenous philosophies with ecological perspectives to underpin strategies for living into the twenty-first century. The framework synthesises the relationships between Indigenous and ecological knowledge, place and sustainable citizen states in Australia. Ms Arabena published preliminary results in a paper entitled 'The universal citizen: An Indigenous citizenship framework for the twenty-first century', and was invited to present her work at a conference on ecological sustainability and sustainable societies in Halifax, Canada, in June 2007. She was also a keynote speaker at the Asia-Pacific EcoHealth Conference held in Melbourne from 30 November to 3 December 2007.

Ms Arabena was involved with The Zenadeth Kes Rehoboth Tortes Strait Islander Free Thinking Symposium, held on Thursday Island in December 2007, which brought together Torres Strait Islander Eiders and academics to review the scholarly activities undertaken by Torres Strait Islanders and to consider the foundations for a Tortes Strait Islander Institute, and she is compiling a collection of papers from the symposium. Ms Arabena completed a guide on palliative care options in the Australian Capital Territory as a conclusion to the ACT Palliative Care Program. She participated in a judging panel to assess applications for the National Excellence Awards for Aboriginal and Tortes Strait Islander Health; the panel undertook a number of assessment processes between August and November 2007. Ms Arabena continued her doctoral thesis writing and maintained her academic links with fellow postgraduate students and staff of the science faculty at The Australian National University.

Dr Geoffrey Gray, Research Fellow, Tradition and Transformation, published several papers in peer-reviewed journals, and made conference presentations. The former included '"Cluttering up the department": Ronald Berndt and the dispersal of The University of Sydney ethnological collection' in recollections (Journal of the National Museum of Australia); 'Walter E Roth and the WA Royal Commission 1904-1905' in The Roth Family, Anthropology and Colonial Administration, edited by Russell McDougall and lain Davidson (Left Coast Press); 'EWP Chinnery: A self-made anthropologist' in Writing Pacific Lives, edited by Brij Lal and Vicki Luker (ANU E Press); and an obituary, 'An interesting career to follow: Les Hiatt, 1931-2008' in Quadrant.

He is developing a project--Rations, Nutrition and Health--to examine not only food but also clothing and nakedness in the pastoral industry in particular, and disease and illness that may be a result of these diets/rations. This has resulted from his interest in the cattle industry and the use of rationing as a form of management and control of Indigenous peoples. His current project--Entanglements and Ruptures: Anthropologists at the frontier--is an examination of the encounter between Indigenous peoples and anthropologists, 1923 to 1950, and Indigenous perceptions and understandings of the anthropological enterprise, but is not confined to anthropologists--there is pertinent material on missionaries. …

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