Research Engagement and ImpactFlinders linking with Indigenous groups to explore aspects of colonial Australia
The Australian Research Council (ARC) has recently announced some of the successful 2017 Linkage grants. Dr Michael Morrison and Associate Professor Amy Roberts, both from the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, have each been awarded a Linkage project. Two projects were submitted by the Flinders’ discipline of Archaeology and both were successful.
“These applications emerge from the long term collaborative relationships that the researchers have with the Aboriginal communities with whom they are working. The quality of the grants was ensured by disciplinary workshops, which meant that each application had rigorous peer review before being submitted,” said Professor Claire Smith, Dean (Research), College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. This model has been robust, consistently delivering success.
Michael’s and Dr Darlene McNaughton’s, College of Medicine and Public Health, project Indigenous foodways in colonial Cape York Peninsula will be covered in an upcoming article.
Associate Professor Amy Roberts, Dr Michael Morrison, Associate Professor Heather Burke, and Dr Ian Moffat were awarded $157,290 for their project Interrogating the Riverland's colonial frontier.
This project aims to deliver the first comprehensive study of the colonial frontier in South Australia’s Riverland, a region that was the scene of nationally significant colonial endeavours coupled with violence towards Aboriginal people.
Previous studies have focused on discrete events from the historical record. Instead, Amy and her team will use a multi-layered strategy to explore this past and present. By coalescing archaeological, anthropological and oral history evidence, meaningful narratives for and with Aboriginal descendants will be generated. These insights should substantially contribute to understandings about the colonial frontier in Australia and globally.
The partner organisations involved in the project are the River Murray and Mallee Aboriginal Corporation, and the Australian Landscape Trust.
“This project represents the first cohesive opportunity for community members to be involved in research that is being done with them in a post native title setting. Now that the community’s rights and interests have been recognised by the Federal Court our community members are looking forward to the range of capacity building projects that can set the path for our future,” said the chairperson of the River Murray and Mallee Aboriginal Corporation, Ms Christine Abdulla.
“We want the experiences of our ancestors who lived on the colonial frontier to no longer be hidden. This project will allow us to not only learn more about our past but will also afford us the opportunity to educate the general public about the effects of colonisation.”
Changes have been made to the Linkages round, with the ARC moving to a continuous submission and assessment of proposals. As there are no set closing dates, researchers and their partner organisations can work on proposals at any time throughout the year.
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