I’m a writer, researcher, and teacher of history to undergraduate students. I am most interested in the transnational art histories of Aboriginal cultural objects and artworks from the nineteenth century and their relevance to communities today.
My doctoral thesis (2019) about Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung artist and diplomat William Barak, examined how his artwork ended up in European museums and what his actions reveal about the preservation of Wurundjeri Woi wurrung heritage.
My expertise and interest also extend to the legacies of British slave ownership and its connections to Australia's colonisation. Nineteenth-century Russian art and history, in particular the applied arts and the work of Pavel Ovchinnikov are also my research interests. My research has been published in Aboriginal History, La Trobe Journal and on the Conversation. In 2018 I won the Community History Award for best peer-reviewed journal article.
In 2020 I co-published with Professor Alan Lester 'the Restructuring of the British Empire and the Colonization of Australia, 1832–8' in History Workshop Journal.
I have taught history, sociology and critical criminology for La Trobe University and Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne, as well a providing research assistance to historians and community members in Victoria. I am member of the Australian Historical Association, the Professional Historians Association, and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. I am a counsellor for the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.
I am always interested to work on projects which support First Nations goals in the areas of cultural heritage, art and history.
The exhibition is called Sculpture as Place 1958-2010 and is the largest solo exhibition to date of American artist Carl Andre’s oeuvre. For a minimalist artist this exhibition space is firstly ideal, the industrial metal and concrete construction are a harmonious backdrop to the basic materials used by Andre in his various sculptures. Walking through the converted train station it appears this is the most suitable environment to display artworks which challenge the ideas we might have about what constitutes a work of art.
Introducing the premise of Slow Looking, a series on looking at art (published as a newsletter). Artwork 1: Blue Poles by Jackson Pollock.
It's the 90s and we're looking at Australian Aboriginal artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye