Academic journal article Australian Aboriginal Studies

Indigenous Visiting Research Fellowships

Academic journal article Australian Aboriginal Studies

Indigenous Visiting Research Fellowships

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In 2007-08 funding of $900,000 was received from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations to support a visiting Indigenous researchers program over the three years to 2010-11. In addition, FaHCSIA funded two short-term visitors in 2008-09, one in the field of Youth Aspirations and Transitions and one in Mental Health. The program is intended to provide opportunities for new researchers to develop their skills in a formal research environment. The first round of appointees under the program were as follows.

Mr Joe Edgar undertook a Visiting Fellowship at AIATSIS for three months between February and May 2009. His research focused on the historical and contemporary context of the Karajarri PBC as a means of understanding current issues of relevance for that PBC. The results of his work will be submitted as a paper (entitled 'In the Wake of Native Title: Indigenous Land Use Agreement between Karajarri Traditional Lands Association RNTBC (2009) and Bidyadanga Community Inc.--from refugees to landlords') for consideration for publication in a future volume of Australian Aboriginal Studies.

Ms Samantha Faulkner undertook a Visiting Fellowship with AIATSIS for six weeks from May to June 2009 to continue her research on Torres Strait literature. She identified both the published works on Torres Strait Islander culture and history, and those written by Torres Strait Islander authors. On 25 May 2009 Ms Faulkner delivered a presentation on Torres Strait literature as part of the AIATSIS Seminar series, Giving an Account of Ourselves: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander philosophy, knowledge and view. While with AIATSIS, she met with the National Library of Australia Collections staff regarding material on Torres Strait literature, providing a list of autobiography/biography to the Friends of the National Museum and University of the Third Age Book Club.

Ms Val Cooms is undertaking a 12-month Visiting Fellowship at AIATSIS conducting research towards her PhD, which examines the Commonwealth and state governments' implementation of Indigenous policies in Queensland from 1965 to 1975. …

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