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Global Encounters Network - Ian J. McNiven: Canoe highways: 3000 years of interactions between Aboriginal Australians and New Guinea Melanesians
The Global Encounters & First Nations Peoples: 1000 Years of Australian History project explores encounters between Australia’s Indigenous peoples and voyagers from the sea over the period of a millennium.
Throughout 2021, we will host a monthly webinar series to connect the diverse network of scholars affiliated or linked to the project for a fruitful, ongoing discussion.

Mar 18, 2021 06:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Speakers

Professor Ian J. McNiven
@Monash Indigenous Studies Centre
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.
Professor Lynette Russell
Director @Monash Indigenous Studies Centre
Professor Lynette Russell AM is one of Australia's leading historians and an internationally recognised expert on Indigenous histories. She has published over twelve books on topics as diverse as museums and museum displays, Aboriginal faunal knowledge, colonial history, and the early Australian whaling industry. She has held fellowships at both Cambridge and Oxford. Her research focus is on developing an anthropological approach to the story of the past, challenging not only what we know but how we know it. Her work is frequently collaborative and interdisciplinary. She is deputy director of the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence in Biodiversity and Heritage.