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Indigenous Mobilities


Tony Ballantyne is a Professor of History and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Humanities, at the University of Otago. He has published widely on New Zealand’s colonial pasts, the cultural history of the modern British Empire and on the place of empires in world history.

Regina Ganter is a Professor in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences at Griffith University. She is also Director of the Harry Gentle Resource Centre at Griffith University. She specialises in interactions between Indigenous, Asian and European peoples in Australia and is the multi–award winning author of The Pearl-Shellers of Torres Strait (1994) and Mixed Relations (2006). Her most recent monograph is The Contest for Aboriginal Souls: European Missionary Agendas in Australia (2018), a companion to her web-directory of intercultural encounters between Indigenous people and German-speaking missionaries in Australia.

Kristyn Harman is a historian at the University of Tasmania. She specialises in cross-cultural encounters across Britain’s nineteenth-century colonies and twentieth-century Australasia. Kristyn is the author of Cleansing the Colony: Transporting Convicts from New Zealand to Van Diemen’s Land (2017) and was the winner of the 2014 Australian Historical Association Kay Daniels Award for her book Aboriginal Convicts: Australian, Khoisan, and Māori Exiles (2012).

Shino Konishi is a historian based at the University of Western Australia. She is the author of The Aboriginal Male in the Enlightenment World (2012) and co-editor, with Maria Nugent and Tiffany Shellam, of Indigenous Intermediaries: New Perspectives on Exploration Archives (2015) and Brokers and Boundaries: Colonial Exploration in Indigenous Territory (2016). She is Aboriginal and identifies with the Yawuru people of Broome.

Lachy Paterson is an Associate Professor in Te Tumu—School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies, University of Otago, where he teaches te reo Māori (Māori language) and Māori history. Lachy draws on reo-Māori texts, such as newspapers, to explore aspects of Māori social, cultural and political history. He is the author of Colonial Discourses: Niupepa Māori, 1855–1863 (2006) and co-author, with Angela Wanhalla, of He Reo Wāhine: Māori Women’s Voices from the Nineteenth Century (2017).

Lynette Russell is Professor and Director of the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre. She has published widely in the areas of theory, Indigenous histories, post-colonialism and representations of race, museum studies and popular culture. Her 2012 book, Roving Mariners: Aboriginal Whalers and Sealers in the Southern Oceans 1790–1870, explores Aboriginal mobility, entrepreneurship and enterprise in maritime industries.

Tiffany Shellam is a Lecturer in History at Deakin University. Her research focuses on the encounters between explorers and Indigenous people in the early nineteenth century, and later relationships between Indigenous people, settlers and missionaries. She is the author of Shaking Hands on the Fringe: Negotiating the Aboriginal World at King George’s Sound (2009) and co-editor, with Shino Konishi and Maria Nugent, of Indigenous Intermediaries: New Perspectives on Exploration Archives (2015) and Brokers and Boundaries: Colonial Exploration in Indigenous Territory (2016).

Rachel Standfield is a Lecturer in Indigenous Studies at the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre. Her work explores histories of cross-cultural encounters and the agency of Indigenous peoples in Australia and New Zealand as they encountered Europeans on their country. She is the author of Race and Identity in the Tasman World (2012).

Michael J. Stevens (nō Kāi Tahu ki Awarua) is a freelance historian and former Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Otago. His research focuses on knowledge born out of cross-cultural entanglement and colonisation in the long nineteenth century. He focuses primarily on southern New Zealand’s colonial and maritime histories, especially as they relate to Kāi Tahu families and communities.

Angela Wanhalla is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Art History, University of Otago. She has published widely on the relationship between race, intimacy and colonialism, including Matters of the Heart: A History of Interracial Marriage in New Zealand (2013).

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