Global Encounters researchers launch dynamic monthly seminar series interrogating Australian history

This month, the research team powering ‘Global Encounters and First Nations Peoples: 1000 Years of Australian History’ will launch the Global Encounters Network Seminar Series, a monthly online program that will see academic experts from around the world interrogate and challenge entrenched narratives that have long defined Australian history.

An Australian Research Council Laureate project helmed by Professor Lynette Russell AM, ‘Global Encounters and First Nations Peoples’ explores encounters between Australia’s Indigenous peoples and voyagers from the sea over the period of a millennium. Animated by an interdisciplinary, multilingual and international team, the project seeks to generate new understandings by synthesising historical, archaeological, anthropological and linguistic sources from Australian and European collections.

Launching on 18 February with a presentation from the Australian Catholic University’s Dr Shino Konishi, the Global Encounters Network Seminar Series will amplify the Laureate project’s mission to bring together a community of experts in Australia and abroad to explore the place of Australia in the last millennia of global encounters.

‘This dynamic webinar series is a chance for colleagues and collaborators in the Global Encounters Network to showcase how their expertise contributes to our Laureate project’s vital and evolving research,’ said Professor Russell AM.

‘However, these webinars aren’t just for researchers. We want everyone with an interest in Australian history to join in. This is your chance to not just listen to incredible scholars, but also participate in a transformative ongoing conversation over Australia’s national identity and the urgent need for reconciliation with our First Peoples.’

Registrations are now open for the flagship events in this exciting program.

French Encounters in New Holland, 1801-1826

Dr Shino Konishi, Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, Australian Catholic University

Shino Konishi is a Yawuru historian based in the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences at the 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).

Time: Thursday 18 February 2021, 6pm AEDT

Registrations: Click here to register.

Canoe highways: 3000 years of interactions between Aboriginal Australians and New Guinea Melanesians

Speaker: Professor Ian J. McNiven, Monash Indigenous Studies Centre, Monash University

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.

Time: Thursday 18 March 2021, 6pm AEDT

Registrations: Click here to register.

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