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Project Team

Professor Lynette Russell AM

Professor Lynette Russell AM is one of Australia's leading historians and an internationally recognised expert on Indigenous histories. She has published over twelve books on topics as diverse as museums and museum displays, Aboriginal faunal knowledge, colonial history, and the early Australian whaling industry. She has held fellowships at both Cambridge and Oxford. Her research focus is on developing an anthropological approach to the story of the past, challenging not only what we know but how we know it. Her work is frequently collaborative and interdisciplinary. She is deputy director of the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence in Biodiversity and Heritage.

Dr Lily Yulianti Farid, 1971-2023

Dr Lily Yulianti Farid was an Indonesian language, literature and society researcher, writer, translator and communication specialist with more than 20 years of experiences in Indonesia, Australia, and Japan. She started her career as a journalist for Kompas, a leading newspaper in Indonesia in 1995 and later expanded her career into academic and creative fields. Lily worked on several engagements between Makassar and Northern Australia including a film and exhibition.

Dr Leonie Stevens

Dr Leonie Stevens had a previous career as a writer, with six novels and a range of short fiction published. A settler-descendent of multiple generations, the Culture Wars of the early 2000s ignited a passion for the kinds of true stories not taught in school. She studied history and archaeology, and her PhD focused on the activism of Tasmanian First Nations Peoples during their exile on Flinders Island in the 1830s and 40s. She researches and writes on Indigenous and Australian history.

Dr Leigh T.I. Penman

Dr Leigh T.I. Penman is an historian of ideas who received a PhD from the University of Melbourne in conjunction with the Max Planck Institute für Geschichte in Göttingen in 2009. Fluent in English, Dutch, and German Leigh brings important multilingual skills to the program. He has held teaching and research positions at the University of Oxford, University of London (Goldsmiths), and the University of Queensland. He is the author of Hope and Heresy: The Problem of Chiliasm in Lutheran Confessional Culture (Springer 2019), and The Lost History of Cosmopolitanism (Bloomsbury 2020).

Dr David Haworth

Dr David Haworth is Senior Research Officer for the program. His PhD looked at depictions of non-human artfulness and creativity. He has conducted doctoral research at the Natural History Museum in London and the Museum of Natural History in Paris. David’s Masters thesis won the 2013 Percival Serle Prize. He has published and presented on such topics as the artfulness of scientific illustration, interspecies animal friendships, the ‘feral’ or animal-reared child, illusion and mimicry in nature and art, and the cultural histories of the black swan.

Jacinta Walsh

Jacinta Walsh is Research Support Officer for the ‘Global Encounters and First Nations Peoples: 1000 Years of Australian History’ Laureate project and a PhD Candidate through the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre. Jacinta is a Jaru woman and a proud mother to three boys. She has a Bachelor of Secondary Education from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Certificate in Business Marketing from Swinburne University. Previously Jacinta has worked in the area of Indigenous Student Support at a number of Melbourne Universities. Jacinta is super excited to be involved in this project and is looking forward to the Global Encounters journey.

Postgraduate Students

Oli Acevedo

Oli plans to explore Spanish Colonialism, with a specific focus on the interactions between colonial agents and Indigenous peoples in Hispanic settlements across the South Pacific. Her Chilean Mapuche heritage encouraged the focus on Spanish colonialism, with familial heritage and ancestral connections to colonialism in Chile providing a personal connection to the history of Indigenous-Hispanic relationships in the region. Through using a combination of Indigenous and colonial perspectives found in diverse primary sources, she hopes to contribute to the growing decolonial literature on Spanish-Indigenous relations in the South Pacific.

Kellie Clayton

Kellie plans to research whether the refinement in knowledge of forest and marine commodity habitats and processing signatures, and re-examination of excavated Macassan/visitor and post-contact Indigenous sites and material culture, clarify the identity of Maritime SEA visitors, the chronology of their visits and what products they sourced from northern Australia.

Harrison Croft

Harrison’s research is centred on Birrarung/Yarra River. By considering the environmental and deep time histories of the river, as well as interactions through the more recent past, he hopes to contribute a narrative of the river and its impacts in shaping social relations. An environmental and more-than-human history of the river helps to consolidate our understandings of its centrality to the arrival and settlement of Europeans during the nineteenth century.

Georgia Douglas-Minniti

Georgia’s research aims to explore the natural and cultural history of the Northern Australian Tamarind Tree (Tamarindus indica). This plant’s distinct flavour has made it a staple in many countries and cultures leading to its global dispersal, creating a unique study of cultural-botanical history. By taking specific interest in the connection between Maccassan and Australian First Nations people this project hopes to highlight the deep abiding connection that was developed between cultures.

Charlotte Ward

Charlotte plans to explore interactions that took place between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and visitors pre-Cook along the northern end of Australia. She hopes to explore interactions – how they are remembered and the cultural exchanges that took place. By doing this, she hopes to broaden the understanding that Australian History did not begin with Cook’s arrival and that there is a deep history to this country.

Global Encounters Book Series

Series Editor:

Lynette Russell AM

Editorial Board:

Eva Bischoff

Keith L. Comacho

Michiel van Groesen

Aroha Harris

Alan Lester

Bertie Mandelblatt

Ian J. McNiven

Rila Mukherjee

Sebastian R. Prange


Netherlands Consulate General

Indonesian National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN)


Alessandro Antonello

Alessandro Antonello is a senior research fellow in history at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. He is the author of The Greening of Antarctica: Assembling an International Environment (Oxford University Press, 2019) and has published extensively on the environmental and international history of Antarctica, the global cryosphere, and the world ocean. His current research concentrates on the international environmental history of the world ocean in the second half of the twentieth century and, with Alison Bashford, on the cultural and political histories of Gondwanaland and geology in southern lands. He is interested in how deep time and environmental temporalities articulate into modern environmental ideas, management and protection.

Alison Bashford

Alison Bashford FBA FAHA is Laureate Professor of History and Director of the Laureate Centre for History & Population. Previously she was Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge, and is Honorary Fellow, Jesus College, Cambridge. Historian of health, population and colonialism, she was recently awarded the Dan David Prize. Her most recent edited collection is New Earth Histories (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming), and her most recent monograph is The New Worlds of Thomas Robert Malthus (Princeton University Press, 2016 with Joyce Chaplin), in which Malthus's foundational interest in Aboriginal people is analysed.

Roser Bosch i Darné

Dr Roser Bosch i Darné is a Catalan art historian who works on Australian Indigenous presences in European museums, focusing mainly on contemporary Indigenous arts and practices as key-role agents for intercultural dialogue. She is a Board member of CEAT (Centre for Australian and Transnational Studies) at Barcelona University and a research member at CIAP (Research Centre for Indigenous Arts and Artistic Primitivism) at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona.

John Bradley

Dr John Bradley has worked for 40 years in the south-west Gulf of Carpentaria. He is a speaker of Yanyuwa, Garrwa and Kriol Indigenous  languages.  Working with Yanyuwa elders, he has produced a two volume Yanyuwa encyclopediac dictionary as well as a Yanyuwa atlas and the award-winning Singing Saltwater Country. He has been the senior anthropologist on a number of land claims in the south-west Gulf of Carpentaria and more recently engaged in Native Title and issues associated with compensation. He works with local Indigenous ranger groups in regards to acknowledging Indigenous histories, language and cultural revitalisation. He is the founder of Wunungu Awara: Animating Indigenous Knowledges that is a part of the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre, where he is an Associate Professor. Wunungu Awara works Australia wide using high-end animation to help preserve endangered languages, their stories and song and knowledges for future generations.

Susan Broomhall

Susan Broomhall is Director of the Gender and Women’s History Research Centre at the Australian Catholic University. She was previously an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. Susan is a specialist of early modern European and global history, particularly European trading and missionary encounters, gender and women’s history, and author and editor of 23 books. She has published widely on the interactions of Europeans, especially the Dutch East India Company, with Australian lands and peoples, including missionising practices, emotional expression, material culture, fire practices, and the significance of this heritage for Australians today. She is currently completing Gender and the Dutch East India Company for Amsterdam University Press.

Gerard Carney

Gerard Carney is presently an Adjunct Professor at the Australian Catholic University where he teaches part-time in constitutional law. He was a Professor of Law at Bond University for over 20 years where he taught and researched in the areas of constitutional law and administrative law. Based on the Gold Coast, he is currently writing a book on the history of the charting of the first complete map of Australia – a history spanning from 1606 to 1802. This book endeavours to relate, from published sources, the stories of both the very first European explorers who charted the Australian coastline, piece by piece chronologically, and those of the First Peoples who encountered them.

Tom Chandler

Tom Chandler is a senior lecturer in Games & Immersive Media in the Faculty of IT at Monash University. His research explores the interdisciplinary applications of virtual world building, with project collaborations ranging from archaeology and zoology through to industrial design and landscape ecology. His primary research endeavour, the Visualising Angkor Project, examines the evidence-based virtual reconstruction of Cambodia’s medieval capital in the year 1300. Tom’s university teaching resource was awarded the Innovation in Digital History prize by the American Historical Association in 2018, and the Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Prize by the Medieval Academy of America in 2021.

Annie Clarke

Professor Anne (Annie) Clarke is Professor of Archaeology, Museum and Heritage Studies and current Chair of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sydney. Annie’s areas of research include the archaeology and rock art of cross-cultural exchange and interaction in Northern Australia, the role of Indigenous agency in the formation of ethnographic museum collections, and historical inscriptions and graffiti at the North Head Quarantine Station, Manly. A book based on the research at the Quarantine Station, Stories from the Sandstone: Quarantine Inscriptions from Australia’s Immigrant Past (2016) co-authored with Peter Hobbins and Ursula Frederick, was awarded the 2017 NSW Premier’s History Prize for Community and Regional History.  Annie has worked on Groote Eylandt doing community archaeology since 1990 and in 2018 began the Groote Eylandt Archaeology Repatriation Project with the Anindilyakwa Land Council, returning archaeological collections,photographs and archives to Groote Eylandt, re-visiting and re-documenting places with Traditional Owners as well as undertaking further survey work.

Xu Daozhi

Dr Xu Daozhi is a research fellow in the Department of Media, Communication, Creative Arts, Literature, and Language at Macquarie University. She holds a PhD in English literary studies from the University of Hong Kong and is an adjunct Assistant Professor at HKU. Her research interests include postcolonial studies, cultural theory, Indigenous literature, Asian Australian literature, children’s literature, studies of race and ethnicity, and settler colonialism. Her monograph Indigenous Cultural Capital: Postcolonial Narratives in Australian Children’s Literature (2018) won the Biennial Australian Studies in China Book Prize, awarded by the Australia–China Council in 2018. She is secretary of the International Australian Studies Association.

Kristie Flannery

Kristie Flannery is a research fellow at the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences at Australian Catholic University, and an expert in the history of the early modern Philippines and the global Spanish empire. Kristie completed her doctorate in history at the University of Texas at Austin. She has won numerous international fellowships and awards, including the Graduate School’s Outstanding Dissertation Award for the best dissertation in the humanities overall in 2020. Kristie has published in high-impact history journals including The William & Mary Quarterly, and her first book, a monograph exploring the history of piracy and empire in the Philippines, is in production with Penn Press.

Denis Gojak

Denis Gojak is an archaeologist and heritage manager in the NSW public sector. He is currently completing a PhD on the history of pseudoarchaeology in Australia. His other work focuses on the archaeological analysis of clay pipes and smoking, and heritage conservation practice in public infrastructure.

Billy Griffiths

Dr Griffiths is a historian and lecturer in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at Deakin University in Melbourne. His latest book, Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia (Black Inc., 2018), won the Felicia A Holton Book Award, the Ernest Scott Prize, the John Mulvaney Book Award, the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction and 2019 Book of the Year at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. He is the recipient of the 2020 Max Crawford Medal from the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Saarah Jappie

Saarah Jappie is a scholar and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her interests lie in interdisciplinary approaches to Indian Ocean histories, with a focus on cultural mobility across Southeast Asia and Southern Africa in the aftermath of early modern slavery and exile. Jappie holds a PhD in history from Princeton University (2018) and an MA in historical studies from the University of Cape Town (2011). She currently serves as a program officer at the Social Science Research Council, and is a Research Associate of the Visual Identities in Art and Design (VIAD) research center at the University of Johannesburg and Research Scholar in Africana Studies at Barnard College, New York.

Shino Konishi

Shino Konishi is a Yawuru historian based in the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, Australian Catholic University. She has long been interested in histories of encounter between Aboriginal people and European explorers, and in particular the role of Indigenous intermediaries in the history of exploration. She is the author of The Aboriginal Male in the Enlightenment World (2012), and with Maria Nugent and Tiffany Shellam edited Indigenous Intermediaries: New Perspectives on the Exploration Archives (2015) and Brokers and Boundaries: Colonial Exploration in Indigenous Territory (2016).

Jane Lydon

Jane Lydon is an Australian archaeologist and historian who works on colonial and imperial history and its legacies, especially through analysis of visual, material and popular culture. She is a professor and Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History at The University of Western Australia.

Campbell Macknight

Campbell Macknight taught in the Department of History in the Faculty of Arts at the Australian National University from 1970 to 1993. From 1994 to 1999 he was Professor of Humanities at the University of Tasmania in Launceston. He is now retired and lives in Canberra. Among other interests, he has written on the maritime discovery of Australia and the trepang industry around the northern coast. His books include The Farthest Coast: A Selection of Writings Relating to the History of the Northern Coast of Australia (1969), The Voyage to Marege’: Macassan Trepangers in Northern Australia (1976) and Low Head to Launceston: The Earliest Reports of Port Dalrymple and the Tamar (1998).

Jatinder Mann

Dr Jatinder Mann is a Fellow in the Centre for Modern History at City, University of London. He is also the Creator and Manager of the Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand Studies Network (ACNZSN). Jatinder is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He has thirty refereed publications, which include four books. Jatinder is the editor for a book series on ‘Studies in Transnationalism’ with Peter Lang Publishing, New York, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Australian, Canadian, and Aotearoa New Zealand Studies (JACANZS).

Stephanie Mawson

Stephanie Mawson is a research fellow at St. John’s College, Cambridge. Her work focuses on the contested nature of empire in Maritime Southeast Asia during the seventeenth century. She has published in leading historical journals including Past & Present and Ethnohistory. She looks forward to collaborating with the Global Encounters project on networks of trade and connection between Australia and Maritime Southeast Asia.

Ann McGrath

Ann McGrath AM is the WK Hancock Distinguished Professor in the School of History at the Australian National University, where she is Director of the new Research Centre for Deep History. She holds the 2017-2022 ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and the Academy of Humanities. Her publications include Born in the Cattle: Aborigines in Cattle Country (1987) which won the inaugural WK Hancock Prize of the Australian Historical Association, and more recently Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia (2015) which won the NSW Premier’s History Prize. With Mary-Anne Jebb, she co-edited Long History, Deep Time (2015). With Ann Curthoys, she wrote How to Write History That People Want to Read (2009; 2011). She has also produced and directed the films Frontier Conversation and Message from Mungo (Ronin Films), has worked in museums and contributed to national enquiries.

Ian S. McIntosh

Applied anthropologist Ian S. McIntosh is the director of international partnerships at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and an adjunct faculty member in the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts. Dr McIntosh is the former managing director of the Boston-based global indigenous rights group Cultural Survival and the co-founder of the Australian heritage collective Past Masters International. He is also the founder of the Sacred Journeys project which brings together pilgrimage scholars for an annual conference. Dr McIntosh is the author of three books on Yolngu culture and religion, including The Whale and the Cross, and four books on sacred journeys including Pilgrimage: Walking to Peace. Walking for Change.

Ian J. McNiven

Professor Ian J. McNiven is an anthropological archaeologist in Monash Indigenous Studies Centre, Monash University. His research centres on understanding the long-term development of Torres Strait Islanders and their specialised maritime culture, especially spiritual and ritual relationships with the sea. As Torres Strait is a maritime cross-roads, Ian is also interested in cultural interactions between Torres Strait Islanders and New Guinea peoples over the past 3000 years, Indonesian seafarers over the past 1000 years, and European mariners over the past 500 years.

Tom Murray

Tom Murray is an ARC Future Fellow in the Department of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Language, and Literature at Macquarie University. Much of his work has been in collaboration with Australian Indigenous communities, most extensively with the Yolngu of Blue Mud Bay, NE Arnhem Land. Tom’s documentaries have been selected for the world’s most prestigous film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival and IDFA Amsterdam. His feature documentaries include Dhakiyarr vs the King (2004), In My Father’s Country (2008), Love in Our Own Time (2013) and The Skin of Others (2020). In 2014 Tom was awarded the Australian Academy of Humanities Max Crawford Medal, the highest award for outstanding achievement and promise in Humanities research in Australia.

Katherine Parker

Dr Katherine Parker is the Research Officer at Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps. She teaches at Queen Mary University of London and at the London Rare Books School. She serves as the Co-Editor of Imago Mundi, Administrative Editor of the Hakluyt Society, and the Books Reviews Editor for H-Maps. Her research focuses on the European production of geographic knowledge about the Pacific in the early modern period. She is a specialist in the history of maps and mapping, Indigenous maps and mapping, the history of the book, Pacific history, and the history of early modern empires.

Alistair Paterson

Professor Alistair Paterson is an ARC Future Fellow in archaeology at the University of Western Australia. His research examines the historical archaeology of colonial coastal contact and settlement in Australia’s Northwest and the Indian Ocean. His key interests are Western Australia and Indian Ocean history, Aboriginal Australia, Dutch East India Company, colonialism and exploration, rock art, and the history of collecting in Western Australia in collaboration with the Western Australian Museum, State Library, Art Gallery, and the British Museum. He is the author of A Millennium of Cultural Contact (Left Coast, 2011), The Lost Legions: Culture Contact in Colonial Australia (Alta Mira, 2008) and editor with Jane Balme of Archaeology in Practice: A Student Guide to Archaeological Analyses (2nd edition, Blackwell Publishing, 2013). He is currently leading two ARC projects: (1) Collecting the West: Reimagining Western Australia from its collections; and (2) Coastal Connections: dynamic societies of Australia's Northwest frontier, in collaboration with communities in the Pilbara and the Kimberley.

Drew Pettifer

Dr Drew Pettifer is an artist, academic, curator and lawyer with research interests in photographic theory, queer theory, gender, power, desire, the archive and contemporary social politics. His art practice works across photography, video, printmaking, performance and installation. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Art at RMIT University where he leads the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) Hong Kong program.

Michael Rowland

Michael (Mike) Rowland is Adjunct Associate Professor at James Cook University (Cairns, based in Brisbane). He has undertaken archaeological fieldwork in New Zealand, Fiji and Australia since the mid-1970s. His most recent work has focused on the archaeology of islands of the Queensland coast (Keppel, Whitsunday, Dunk and Torres Strait Islands) and the relationship between environmental change and change in the archaeological record. His research interests are broad, having published papers on Aboriginal watercraft, concepts of the ‘noble savage’, geophagy, frontier massacres, and the impacts of climate change on cultural heritage management. Recent publications include reviews of potential cultural interaction through Cape York and with the Pacific Basin.

Priyambudi Sulistiyanto

Dr Priyambudi Sulistiyanto is Senior Lecturer in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University, Adelaide. He is a political scientist with teaching interests in the areas of Indonesian politics and comparative politics in Southeast Asia. His current research looks at the politics of reconciliation and local politics in post-Soeharto Indonesia, and at contemporary geo-strategic perspectives about Eastern Indonesia and Northern Australia. In recent years, through funding provided by the New Colombo Plan (NCP), he has been organising study tours for Flinders University’s students to visit Makassar, South Sulawesi, to learn about the past Indigenous links between South Sulawesi and the Northern Territory (Arnhem Land). His publications include Thailand, Indonesia and Burma in Comparative Perspective (Ashgate, 2002), Regionalism in Post-Suharto Indonesia with Maribeth Erb and Carole Faucher (RoutledgeCurzon, 2005), and  Deepening Democracy in Indonesia: Direct Elections for Local Leaders (Pilkada) with Maribeth Erb (ISEAS, 2009). His articles have appeared in Pacific Affairs, Third World Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Australian Journal of Political Sciences, Sojourn, Indonesia, Religions, Kasarinlan, Inside Indonesia, Dignitas and The Conversation.

Nicholas Thomas

Nicholas Thomas's books on cross-cultural encounters, colonialism, art and museums include Possessions: Indigenous Art/Colonial Culture (1999). He has been Director of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge since 2006, and has curated extensively, often in collaboration with contemporary artists. Over 2018-19, he co-curated Oceania for the Royal Academy of Arts in London and the Musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac in Paris.

Coll Thrush

Coll Thrush is professor of history and affiliate in critical Indigenous studies at the University of British Columbia, on unceded Musqueam territory in the city of Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place (2007/2017), co-editor of Phantom Pasts, Indigenous Presence: Native Ghosts in North American Culture and History (2011), and author of Indigenous London: Native Travellers at the Heart of Empire (2016). His current research looks at the history of shipwrecks, settler colonialism, and Indigenous survivance on the northwest coast of North America.

Adrian Vickers

Adrian Vickers researches and publishes on the cultural history of Southeast Asia. He has held a series of Australian Research Council grants (Discovery and Linkage), the most recent looking at modern and contemporary Indonesian art, Cold War history, and labour and industry in Southeast Asia. Amongst his publications is the award-winning book, The Pearl Frontier: Indonesian Labor and Indigenous Encounters in Australia’s Northern Trading Network (2015), co-authored with Associate Professor Julia Martínez.