Academic journal article Australian Aboriginal Studies

Education, History and Cultural Transmission

Academic journal article Australian Aboriginal Studies

Education, History and Cultural Transmission

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Kerry Arabena is a member of the Torres Strait Islander Free Thinking Symposium coordinating committee and completed the inaugural TSI Journal. This was launched as Zenadth Kes, which has all Torres Strait contributors.

Dr Geoff Gray continued his research on rations, hunger and starvation on cattle stations in northern Australia. This includes the use of food and tobacco in lieu of cash to pay workers. His other research project, which is an outgrowth of previous work, focuses on the ethnographic frontier. He completed a manuscript tentatively titled 'Abrogating Responsibility: Vesteys, anthropology and Aborigines'. It is anticipated this will be published towards the end of 2010.

Ms Jeanine Leane was appointed as Education Fellow at AIATSIS at the beginning of 2009, and is part of the Indigenous Visiting Research Fellow program (see below). Her research investigates representations of Aboriginal Australians in Anglo-Western literary production and the reciprocal representation of Aboriginal and white Australians by Aboriginal authors in English that has emerged since the 1960s. Her research follows the trajectory of Anglo-European representations in literature, with particular emphasis on a number of prominent authors (Katharine Prichard, Xavier Herbert, Patrick White, David Malouf and Kate Grenville) and how their fictional portraits influenced generations of non-Aboriginal learners via school curricula.

As an Aboriginal educator, Jeanine is concerned that not enough works by Aboriginal writers, poets and playwrights are appearing on school or tertiary curricula. Researching for her PhD and teaching mainly non-Indigenous students at secondary and tertiary levels has made it clear that many non-Indigenous educators are reticent to take up such works because they are not familiar with the contexts in which the literary production occurred or of the writing styles of contemporary Aboriginal writers. …

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