The Yumalundi NIRAKN Fellowship program was launched at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) in August 2016. The Fellowships support researchers to visit AIATSIS to conduct projects that build knowledge and understanding of the Institute’s collection.
The first applications round was open to National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN) members and students. The following applicants have accepted an offer to visit AIATSIS to undertake a fellowship in 2016 – 2017;
Professor Len Collard (School of Indigenous Studies, University of Western Australia)
Research Project: Nyungar Placenames in Southwestern Australia
European cartographic conventions and systems of boundary making are not directly or easily transferable into Nyungar systems of naming and land use. This study of Nyungar place names, language and culture and its associated data brings to light information on boodjar (country), moort (kinship) and katitjin (knowledge) in an accessible format.
Ms Ashlen Francisco (Wollatuka Institute – University of Newcastle)
Research Project: The social history of the Aboriginal experience of the NSW Aborigines Protection/Welfare Board
This research analyses AIATSIS rare collections and manuscripts like Dawn, Identity and Aborigines Protector Magazine to uncover new information about the Protection Board in New South Wales and its transition to the Welfare Board in 1940.
Mr Stephen Kinnane (University of Notre Dame)
Research Project: Indigenous Biography
This research identifies the disjuncture between the rise of Indigenous biography nationally and internationally, the lack of institutional engagement by national biographical projects, and evaluates relatively recent attempts to change this situation. It includes papers on the value of the AIATSIS collection to Indigenous biography.
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