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The World Factbook: Background: :: Prehistoric settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia at least 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession of the east coast in the name of Great Britain (all of Australia was claimed as British territory in 1829 with the creation of the colony of Western Australia). Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they more [Source: The World Factbook] Wikipedia: Australia i/əˈstreɪljə, ɒ-, -iə/,[10][11] officially the Commonwealth of Australia,[12] is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. Neighbouring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. For at least 40,000 years[13] before more [Source: Wikipedia]

Expertise (alphabetical order)

Senior Lecturer, Centre for Pacific Studies at University of St Andrews, United Kingdom

Keywords: Institution, Law and Culture, Urban, Migration

Senior Lecturer, Monash Art, Design and Architecture at Monash University, Australia

Keywords: Art, Archives, Anti-colonial, Indigenous Agency, Indigenous Political Movements, Memory, Memorial

Michaela APPEL
Curator, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Australia at Museum Fuenf Kontinente, Germany

Keywords: Art, Austronesian Languages, History, Oral Tradition, Ritual, Indigenous Agency

Virginie BERNARD
PhD Student, CREDO - Centre de Recherche et de Documentation sur l'Océanie at Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, EHESS, France

Keywords: Land Dispute, Bureaucratization, Corporations, Native Title

Professor, Anthropology at Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands

Keywords: Gender, Sexuality, Globalization, Body Theory, Food and Nutrition, Sport, Morality, Christianity, Conflict, Economic Anthropology

PhD Student, Department of Social Anthropology, Bergen Pacific Studies at University of Bergen, Norway

Keywords: Climate Change, Climate Policy, Climate Change Migration, Conservation, Cultural Change, Democracy, Diplomacy, Environment, Epistemology, Globalization

PhD Student, Humanities Department & University Institute of Culture at Pompeu Fabra University, Spain

Keywords: Agency, Colonial Discourse, Contemporary Indigenous Art, Cultural Studies, History, Identity, Indigenous/non-Indigenous Relations, Material Culture, Museums, Post-Colonialism

Ruci Mafi BOTEI
PhD Student, Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture & Pacific Studies at University of the South Pacific, Fiji

Keywords: Agency, Culture-nature Relations, Customary Law, Cutural Change, Epistemology, Pacific Regional Politics, Pacific Studies, World Heritage

Research Fellow, Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at University of Queensland, Australia

Keywords: Development, Social Change, Social Impact Analysis, Social Mapping, Poverty, Mining, Identity, Social Organization, Population and Development

Margaret CASSIDY
PhD Student, School of Creative Arts & Media at University of Tasmania, Australia

Keywords: Journalism, Media And National Identity, Photography, Post-Colonialism, Visualization and Representation

Other staff, Héritage/s at CY Cergy-Paris University, France

PhD Student, GEOLAB at University of Limoges, France

Keywords: Climate Change, French Overseas Territories, Migration, Political Ecology, Post-Colonialism, Space

Curator, Department of World Cultures at National Museums Scotland, United Kingdom

Keywords: Art, Climate Change, Climate Change Migration, Colonialism, Contemporary Indigenous Art, Custom, Cultural Change, Exhibitions, Material Culture, Museums

Lecturer, School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University, Australia

Keywords: Development

Curator, Oceania Departement at Musée d'ethnographie de Genève, Switzerland

Keywords: Anthropology, Art, Exhibitions, Museums, Material Culture, Contemporary Indigenous Art, Cultural Change, Post-Colonialism

Kasia Renae COOK
Independent researcher, The Samoa Historical and Cultural Trust, Samoa

Keywords: Colonialism, Identity, Feeling of Belonging, Cultural Heritage, Race / Racism, Inter-racial Relations, Emigration, Racial Mobility

Jennifer CORRIN
Professor, Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law at T C Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland, Australia

Keywords: Customary Law, Legal Pluralism, Law and Culture, Human Rights, Dispute Resolution, Land Tenure

Associate Professor, Department of Pacific Affairs, College of Asia and the Pacific at Australian National University, Australia

Keywords: Climate Change, Agency, Anthropology, Conflict Resolution, Coral Reefs, Cultural Geography, Development Studies, Fisheries, Food History, History

Michael Barry DAVIS
Independent researcher, Sydney Environment Institute at Sydney University, Australia

Keywords: Colonial Discourse, Colonial Imagination, Colonialism, Cultural Heritage, Cultural Studies, Environment, Ethics, Ethnographic Encounter, Fisheries, First Contacts

, Laboratoire d'ethnologie et de sociologie comparative at CNRS - Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique, France

Keywords: Audiovisual and Media, Cosmology, Art, Digital Resources, Kinship, Material Culture, Mobile Telephony, Religion and the Media, Ritual Studies

Professor, Shidler College of Business at University of Hawaii at Manoa, United States

Keywords: Island Studies, Agency, Anthropology Of Knowing, Leadership

Independent researcher, also part-time lecturer at University of Lucerne, Switzerland

Keywords: Uncertainty, Social Organization, Land Management, Social Change, First Contacts, Environment, Digital Resources, Indigenous Politics, Personhood, Sorcery

Independent researcher, retired University Professor at University of the French Pacific, French Polynesia

Keywords: Myth, Pre-European Settlement, Genetics, Archaeology, Prehistory

Francoise DUSSART
Professor, Department of Anthropology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at University of Connecticut, United States

Keywords: Art, Ceremonial discourse, Gender, Health, Chronic Illness, Christianity, Citizenship, Religion and the Media, Land Tenure

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Culture and Communication Studies at Waseda University, Japan

Keywords: Post-Colonialism, Self-Determination, World War II, Art, Climate Change, Cultural Studies, Critical History, Commemoration, Gender, Sexuality

PhD Student, Institut für Ethnologie at University of Cologne, Germany

Keywords: Cultural Heritage, Perception, Visitor Studies, Cognitive Anthropology

Adjunct/associate Researcher, Department of Economics and Law at University of New Caledonia, New Caledonia

Keywords: Regional Integration, Regionalism, Regional Organisations, Sub-regionalism, French Overseas Territories

Elodie FACHE
Research Fellow, UMR SENS (Savoirs, Environnement et Sociétés / Knowledge, Environment and Societies) at IRD - Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France

Keywords: Environment, Development, Sustainability, Conservation, Land Management, Sea Management, Small-scale Fisheries, Marine Protected Areas, Governance, Climate Change

PhD Student, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University, Australia

Keywords: Anthropology, Anthropology Of Sciences, Body, Heritage, Material Culture, Museums, Indigenous Inquiry

Viviane FAYAUD
Independent researcher, Centre d'histoire des sociétés, des sciences et des conflits at Université de Picardie Jules-Verne, France

Keywords: Art, Cultural Studies, Visualization and Representation, Photography, Nationalism, Memorial Diplomacy, Media And National Identity, Imagology, Drawing, Feeling of Belonging

Sylvia FRAIN
PhD Student, The National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at University of Otago, New Zealand

Keywords: Nonviolent Resistance, Critical Military Studies, Feminist Security Studies, Visualization and Representation, Social Media Activism, Indigenous Inquiry

PhD Student, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at The University of Melbourne, Australia

Keywords: Agency, Climate Change, Ethnopsychology, Global Health, Medical Anthropology, Mental Illness, Narratives, Cultural Psychology

Associate Professor, Discipline of Anthropology and Sociology at University of Western Australia, Australia

Keywords: Applied Anthropology, Cognitive Anthropology, Contemporary Indigenous Art, Law and Culture, Personhood, Property, Creativity, Dreams

Senior Research Fellow, Laboratoire d'anthropologie sociale at CNRS, Collège de France and EHESS, France

Keywords: Agency, Anthropological Fieldwork, Anthropology of Ontology, Audiovisual and Media, Contemporary Indigenous Art, Disaster, Memory, Political Anthropology, Ritual, Sand-Drawing

Matthew GRAVES
Associate Professor, CREDO - Centre de Recherche et de Documentation sur l'Océanie at Aix-Marseille University, France

Keywords: Colonial Imagination, Commemoration, Democracy, Historical Consciousness, History, Identity, International Relationships, Politics, Memorial Diplomacy, Cultural Geography

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Humanities (Dept. of Studies in Language Mediatiton and Intercultural Communication) at The University of Milan, Italy

Keywords: Rights Of The Unborn And Future Generations, Anti-colonial, Cultural Studies, Spatial Theory, Postcolonial Literatures, Neo-Colonialism, Interdisciplinarity, Human Rights, Heritage, Colonial Discourse

PhD Student, School of Culture, History & Language at Australian National University, Australia

Keywords: Pacific Studies, Communities Of Practice, Decolonising Academia, Epistemology, Pedagogy

Associate Professor, School of Theology at Pacific Adventist University, Papua New Guinea

Keywords: Christianisation, Christianity, Cultural Heritage, Fisheries, Identity, Mission History, Myth, Narratives, Religion, Ritual

Takiora INGRAM
Independent researcher, FRIENDS OF THE LAGOON/PACIFIC PLANNING &RESEARCH at Non-Government Organization, Cook Islands

Keywords: Climate Policy, Development, Gender Violence, Mining and its Discontents, Political Anthropology, Regional History, Seascape, Social Impact Analysis, Sustainable Tourism, World Heritage

Associate Professor, Center for Pacific Islands Studies at University of Hawai'i-Manoa, United States

Keywords: Development Studies, Development, Logging, Pacific Regional Politics, Pacific Studies, Political Economy, Foreign Policy, Natural Resources

Jasmin KORTE
PhD Student, School of Social Sciences at University of Western Australia, Australia

Keywords: Anthropology, Indigenous Political Movements, Indigenous Politics, Indigenous/non-Indigenous Relations, Inequality, Political Anthropology, Anthropology Of Policy

Krishna KOTRA
Lecturer, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at The University of the South Pacific, Vanuatu

Keywords: Climate Change, Water, Water And Wastewater Treatment And Reuse, Pedagogy, Micro Plastcis, Ocean Acidification, Environment, Development, Migration, Dispossession

, Institue of Ethnology at Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany

Keywords: Tourism, Kinship, Relatedness, Urban Identity, Cosmology, Perception, Anthropology of Ontology, Knowledge, Law and Culture, Spirituality

Helen LEE
Professor, Department of Social Inquiry at La Trobe University, Australia

Keywords: Children, Diasporas, Ethnopsychology, Gender, Migration, Personhood, Youth, Transnationalism

Adjunct Professor, Australian School of Business at University of New South Wales, Australia

Keywords: Economy and Finance

Stephanie LUSBY
Research Fellow, Institute for Human Security and Social Change at La Trobe University, Australia

Keywords: Class, Community Development, Dispute Resolution, Family Planning, Feminism, Gender, Gender Based Violence, Inequality, Interdisciplinarity, Intergenerational Equity

Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Keywords: Anthropological Field Records, Biomedicine, Social-ecological System, Political Ecology, Narratives, Mining, Interdisciplinarity, Globalization, Health, Food and Nutrition

Senior Lecturer, Département Asie du Sud-est, Haute-Asie, Pacifique at INALCO, France

Keywords: History, Politics, Regional History, Nationalism, Indigenous/non-Indigenous Relations, International Relationships

Research Fellow, Laboratoire d'anthropologie sociale at CNRS - Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique, France

Keywords: Cosmology, Death and Bereavement, Emotions, Gender, Health, Identity, Indigenous Politics, Justice, Kinship, Landscape

Rebecca MONSON
Senior Lecturer, ANU College of Law at Australian National University, Australia

Keywords: Sociolegal, Legal Geography, Cultural Geography, Customary Law, Gender, Land Tenure, Legal Pluralism, Political Ecology, Post-Colonialism, Settler Colonialism

Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina Wilmington, United States

Keywords: Migration And Im/Mobility, Resource Extraction, Colonialism

Adjunct/associate Researcher, Anthropology, School of Social Sciences at La Trobe University, Australia

Keywords: Land Tenure, Religion, Myth, Ritual, Nationalism, Indigenous/non-Indigenous Relations

Lecturer, School of Languages and Social sciences at Aston University, United Kingdom

Keywords: Self-Determination, Political Process, International Relationships, Post-Colonialism, Regional Integration, French Overseas Territories, Sub-regionalism

Senior Research Fellow, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at The University of Melbourne, Australia

Keywords: Archives, Audiovisual and Media, Cultural Heritage, Cultural Policy, Digital Technologies, Indigenous Agency, Intellectual Property Rights, Local Economies, Museums, Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Independent researcher, Phd of Anthropology of the University of Vincennes-Paris VIII at University Vincennes Paris VIII, France

Keywords: Anthropology, Colonial Politic, Community Development, Cultural Heritage, Culture-nature Relations, Ethnobotany, Forced Migration, Funerary Practices, Indigenous Mobility, Migration

Professor, School of Archaeology and Anthropology at Australian National University, Australia

Keywords: Economic Anthropology, Social Change, Social Organization, Ritual, Photography, Land Tenure, Native Title, State, Indigenous/non-Indigenous Relations

Curator at AAMU - Museum of contemporary Aboriginal art, Netherlands

Keywords: Art, Audiovisual and Media, Contemporary Indigenous Art, Interdisciplinarity

Dr Vaoiva PONTON
Research Fellow, Manawise Group at Manawise Group, Australia

Keywords: Education Policy, Education, Democracy

Postdoctoral Fellow, LAIOS, Laboratoire d'Anthropologie des Institutions et des Organisations Sociales at EHESS - Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, France

Keywords: Indigenous Political Movements, Indigenous Politics, Law and Culture, Colonial Discourse, International Relationships, Governance, Exchanges, Landscape, Ritual, Performance

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology at University of Bergen, Norway

Keywords: Economic Anthropology, Ethnicity, Gender, Gender Violence, Health, Monsters, Post-Colonialism, Christianity, Body, Violence

Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences at University of the South Pacific, Fiji

Keywords: Colonialism, First Contacts, Pacific Studies as Field of Study, Photography, Visualization and Representation

Michael Clifford QUINNELL
Adjunct/associate Researcher, Cultural Environments QMS at Queensland Museum, Australia

Keywords: Material Culture, Museums, Rock Art, Torres Strait, Typology, Textiles / Fibre Arts, Tapa, Native Title, Indo-Pacific Prehistory, Ethnographic Encounter

Adjunct/associate Researcher, School of Languages and Cultures at University of Sydney, Australia

Keywords: Conflict, Memory, Commemoration, Historical Imagination, Colonial Discourse

Catherine RIS
Associate Professor, LARJE (Research Centre on Economics and Law) at University of New Caledonia, New Caledonia

Keywords: Development Studies, Education Policy, Employment, Ethnicity, French Overseas Territories, Population and Development, Public Policies, Social Justice Policy, Youth, Mining

Professor, Anthropology, College of Asia and the Pacific at Australian National University, Australia

Keywords: Linguistic Anthropology, Intersubjectivity, Verbal Art, Political Process, Children

Professor, Department of Anthropology at University of Pittsburgh, United States

Keywords: Conflict, Law and Culture, Ecology, Complexity

Senior Lecturer, College of Arts, Society and Education at James Cook University, Australia

Keywords: Political Ecology, Political Economy, Small-scale Fisheries, Social Impact Analysis, Marine Biodiversity, Logging, Land Tenure, Epistemology, Environment, Ethnobotany

Research Fellow, Indigenous Studies Unit, Centre for Health Equity at The Univeristy of Melbourne, Australia

Keywords: Agency, Art, Archives, Colonialism, Cultural Heritage, Exhibitions, Indigenous Agency, Intellectual Property Rights, Memory, Oral History

Victoria STEAD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University, Australia

Associate Professor, Maori Studies, Te Wananga o Waipa at University of Auckland, New Zealand

Keywords: Cultural Studies, Democracy, Identity, Inter-ethnic Relations, Political Process, Post-Colonialism, Race / Racism, Self-Determination, Urban Identity, Urbanization

Professor, Social Anthropology at University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Keywords: Migration, Education, Egalitarianism, Ethics, Morality, Urban, Democracy, Economic Anthropology, Death and Bereavement, Age and Aging

Associate Professor, Dept. of Humanities at Ca' Foscari University of Vencie, Italy

Keywords: Cosmology, Dance, Education, Gender, Indigenous Politics, Kinship, Language, Ceremonial discourse, Tourism, Ritual

Professor emeritus, CREDO - Centre de Recherche et de Documentation sur l'Océanie and ANU CAP CHL at Aix Marseille Uni+CNRS+EHESS--Australian Nat Uni, France

Katerina TEAIWA
Senior Lecturer, HoD of Gender, Media and Cultural Studies at Australian National University, Australia

Keywords: Phosphate, Dance, Mining and its Discontents, Landscape, Cultural Studies, Cultural Transformation, Resilience, Environment, Pacific Studies as Field of Study, Globalization

Senior Research Fellow, School of Languages and Linguistics at University of Melbourne, Australia

Keywords: Austronesian Languages, Language Documentation, Linguistic Anthropology, South Efate Language

PhD Student, Department of Anthropology/Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at McGill University/Australian National University, Australia

Keywords: Bureaucratization, Fisheries, Neo-Colonialism, Political Ecology, Political Economy, Property, Self-Determination, Social-ecological System, Natural Resources, Torres Strait

Lecturer, Department of Anthropology Centre for Pacific and Asian Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

Keywords: Tourism, Performance, Ritual, Post-Colonialism, Cultural Heritage, Exchanges, Globalization, Indigenous/non-Indigenous Relations, Intersubjectivity, Anthropological Fieldwork

Postdoctoral Fellow, CREDO - Centre de Recherche et de Documentation sur l'Océanie at Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, EHESS, France

Keywords: Anthropology Of Knowing, Indigenous Cosmopolitics, Techniques, Senses, Human-environment Relations, Saltwater People, Indigenous-non-Indigenous Relations, Indigenous Tourism

Senior Lecturer, Anthropology at Macquarie University, Australia

Keywords: Christianity, History, Language Change, Mission History, Myth, Names and Naming

Adjunct/associate Researcher, The Cairns Institute and the College of Arts, Society and Education at James Cook University, Australia

Keywords: Anthropological Fieldwork, Applied Anthropology, Audiovisual and Media, Photography, Senses, Visualization and Representation, Sensory Ethnography

Professor, CPAS, Centre for Pacific and Asian Studies; Centre for Thanatology at Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

Keywords: Death and Bereavement, Religion, Ritual, Art, Cultural Heritage

Jean-Christophe VERSTRAETE
Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics at University of Leuven, Belgium

Keywords: Language Documentation, Linguistic Description, Linguistic Anthropology, Linguistic Typology

Fanny Wonu VEYS
Curator at Museum van Nationaal Wereldculturen - National Museum of World Cultures, Netherlands

Keywords: Art, Exhibitions, First Contacts, Heritage, Indigenous Christianities, Material Culture, Mission History, Museums, Tapa, Visual Anthropology

Associate Professor, Institute of Language Typology at University of Mainz, Germany

Keywords: Linguistic Anthropology, Cognitive Anthropology, Language-Culture-Cognition, Kinship, Social Organization, Space, Possession

Senior Lecturer, Social and Cultural Anthropology (Department of Social Research) at University of Vienna, Austria

Keywords: Architectural Anthropology, Art, Climate Change, Cultural Heritage, Cultural Change, Disaster, Food and Nutrition, Indigenous/non-Indigenous Relations, Material Culture, Memory

Contractual researcher at Australian National University, Australia

Keywords: Land Tenure, Myth, Place, Social-ecological System, Native Title, Verbal Art, Law and Culture

Paige WEST
Professor, Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University , United States

Keywords: Cultural Anthropology, Environment, Dispossession, Climate Change, Development, Migration, The Imagination, Tourism, Anthropology Of Sciences

Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Sciences at Tromsø University Museum, University of Tromsø, Norway

Keywords: Austronesian Prehistory, Cultural Heritage, Heritage Management, Materiality, Museums, Inter-ethnic Relations

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