Paul Turnbull is a cultural historian with special expertise in the use of computation and information technologies in historical research and online publication of its outcomes. His prime research interest is the history of comparative human anatomy and physical anthropology, and he is internationally known for his research on the collecting and scientific uses of the bodily remains of Australian and other Indigenous peoples in the late eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He has also an international reputation in digital humanities, and holds the University of Tasmania's first professorship in this emerging and highly experimental field.
Before joining the University of Tasmania, Paul was Professor of e-History at the University of Queensland, after having been head of the School of Arts, Media and Culture at Griffith University from 2004-7. Prior to this he was Professor of History at James Cook University and between 1990-2002 was a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research at the Australian National University.
Since the early 1990s, Paul has held numerous fellowships and visiting professorships in North American and European universities. He is a past Fulbright Senior Scholar and was recently a fellow of the Morphomata Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Cologne.
Paul began his career with a doctoral thesis in the field of eighteenth century British intellectual history. Thereafter he began to research the history of human comparative human anatomy and physical anthropology, focusing on the collecting and scientific uses of the bodily remains of Indigenous Australians from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries. This work has involved close collaboration with Indigenous communities in Queensland and other parts of Australia, for several of whom he has undertaken research on the identification of ancestral remains.
Paul is also internationally known for his research and development of online history and heritage resources. He is currently engaged in developing techniques for the visual analysis of complex historical sources.
|Degree||Title of Thesis||University||Country||Awarded|
|PhD||The Life, Religious and Philosophical Thought of Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), Historian of the Roman Empire||James Cook University||Australia||1986|
|BA (Hons)||Studies in the Historical Thought of Edward Gibbon||James Cook University||Australia||1978|
Languages (other than English)
Some conversational fluency in French and German. Reading knowledge of French and German.
- Editor, History Compass, Blackwell Publishers (2004 - present) http://history-compass.com/
- Scientific Advisory Board, Austrian Academy [Digital] Corpus (2000 - present)
- Scientific Board, Cromohs, Cyber review of modern historiography (University of Firenze), (1995 - present)
- Vice President, Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (2014 - present)
- Member, The Austrian-South Pacific Society (OSPG)
- Member, Austrian Anthropological Society
- Alumnus, Morphomata Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Cologne.
Dean of Arts, James Cook University, 1997-1999; Head of History Division, James Cook University, 2000-2004; Head of the School of Arts, Media and Culture, Griffith University, 2004-2007; Chair University Learning Environment Committee, Griffith University, 2005-2008; Chair, Research Committee, School of History, Philosophy and Politics, University of Queensland, 2009-2013.
History of the Biomedical Sciences; History of Anthropology; Big History; Digital Humanities; History and Heritage in Digital Media; Critical Heritage Studies; History of Museums.
Design of undergraduate majors in history, heritage studies and communication; design of honours and postgraduate programs in cultural informatics.
Mind, Brain and Body in Europe, 1750-1945 (HBT201) and (HBT301)
- Guest Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, 2014.
- Adjunct Professor of History, School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, University of Queensland, 2009 to date.
- Invited speaker, Symposium on the History of the Concept of Savagery, Australian Studies Centre, University of Copenhagen, October 2015.
- Keynote speaker, 'Cook Knowing the Sea' 20th Annual Conference of the New Zealand Studies Association: Across the Pacific, Oslo, Norway, June 2014.
- Invited speaker, Austrian South-Pacific Society Conference, University of Vienna, June 2013.
- History of Collecting and Scientific Use of Aboriginal Australian and other Indigenous Skeletal Remains
- Museums and the Repatriation of Indigenous Bodily Remains
- History of Human Evolutionary Science and Physical Anthropology
- Digital Humanities
- History and Heritage Research in Digital Media
Paul's research aligns with the University's research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society and Data, Knowledge and Decisions. The main focus of his historical research is the use of Australian and other Indigenous bodily remains by comparative human anatomists and physical anthropologists from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century. His research in the field of digital humanities has become focused on techniques for the visual analysis of cultural complex historical information, and the creation of research-based digital history and heritage resources in collaboration with museums, community-based history and heritage organisations and the public.
Paul's research on the history of scientific use of the bodily remains of Indigenous peoples has led to ongoing collaboration with Indigenous and non-indigenous colleagues, and community-based researchers and knowledge custodians in Australia, North America, New Zealand and South Africa. In recent times, his work on the collecting and uses of ancestral bodily remains has led to his participation in collaborative research contributing to the successful return of human remains and other important cultural property from museums and other scientific institutions to Indigenous communities.
Paul also works closely with historians, anthropologists, anatomists and museum professionals in Britain and continental Europe on researching various aspects of the history of medico-scientific interest in human bodily and cultural diversity since the late eighteenth century. He is currently exploring how medico-scientific researchers active between 1860-1930 imagined the lives of Palaeolithic Europeans, and how their research proved a fertile source of inspiration for fictional and visual representations of archaic homo sapiens and earlier Hominids. Here, he is particularly interested in how scientific reconstructions of the lives of Palaeolithic Europeans drew on the analysis of Australian Indigenous bodily remains.
Paul is currently involved in a major research project exploring the history and effects of the repatriation of Indigenous skeletal remains. This project involves collaboration with researchers at three Australian University, personnel of the Office for the Arts (Australian Government Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport), and staff of the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (KALACC), Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority (NRA), National Museum of Australia, University of Otago, Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA), Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and Gur A Baradharaw Kod Torres Strait Sea and Land Council Torres Strait Islander Corporation. Paul's research on the collecting and scientific use of Indigenous bodily remains between 1860-1914 involves collaboration with historians, anthropologists and anatomists of the Universities of Berlin, Bonn, Cologne and Vienna.
- 2015: Germany Ministry of Education and Research Fellow, Morphomata Centre, University of Cologne
- 2004: Australian-American Fulbright Senior Scholar
- 2001: James Cook University Excellence in Research Award.
- 1996: Co-recipient (as Executive Committee Member of H-Net, International
- On-Line Network for the Humanities) of the James Harvey Robinson Prize for services to history teaching, American Historical Association.
- 1994: Harold White Fellow, National Library of Australia
- 1993: Queensland Department of Technical and Further Education Medal for Contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education.
- Return, reconcile, renew: understanding the history, effects and opportunities of repatriation and building an evidence base for the future
- Paper Miner: Big Questions in History
- The lives of the Indigenous Dead: the Indigenous Body in the Imagining of Humanity's Deep Past.
- Public Engagement with Tasmanian History and Heritage: Re-designing the Companion to Tasmanian History.
Fields of Research
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history (450107)
- History and philosophy of science (500204)
- Historical studies (430399)
- Australian history (430302)
- History of the pacific (430315)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture (450104)
- History and philosophy of the humanities (500205)
- Critical heritage, museum and archive studies (430202)
- History and philosophy of specific fields (500299)
- History and philosophy of medicine (500203)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural history (450103)
- Applications in arts and humanities (460101)
- Heritage and cultural conservation (430205)
- Archival, repository and related studies (430201)
- Musicology and ethnomusicology (360306)
- Social and community informatics (461010)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge management methods (450608)
- History and philosophy of the social sciences (500206)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander information and knowledge management systems (450606)
- Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature) (470502)
- Human information behaviour (461002)
- Expanding knowledge in human society (280123)
- Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture (210407)
- Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology (280113)
- Other culture and society (139999)
- Understanding Australia's past (130703)
- Understanding past societies (130799)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander customary practices (210403)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander determinants of health (210301)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services (210199)
- Information services (220399)
- Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies (280122)
- Conserving Pacific Peoples heritage and culture (211201)
- Conserving collections and movable cultural heritage (130402)
- Heritage (130499)
- Conserving intangible cultural heritage (130403)
Paul has co-edited two books with leading scholarly publishers, and written many essays, book chapters, and articles in international journals, besides writing refereed conference papers, encyclopaedia entries, and consultancy reports.
Paul regularly contributes review articles and book reviews to newspapers, periodicals and scholarly journals, including the Times Literary Supplement, The Journal of Pacific History, The Journal of British Studies, Australian Historical Studies, and The Australian Journal of History and Politics. He is currently completing a major book on the history of the collecting and scientific uses of Aboriginal Australian remains during the long nineteenth century.
Highlighted publications(1 outputs)
|2017||Book||Turnbull P, 'Science, museums and collecting the Indigenous dead in colonial Australia', Palgrave Macmillan, Switzerland, pp. 434. ISBN 978-3-319-51873-2 (2017) [Authored Research Book]|
Journal Article(16 outputs)
|2022||Turnbull PG, ''Thrown into the fossil gap': Indigenous Australian ancestral bodily remains in the hands of early Darwinian anatomists, c. 1860-1916', Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, 92, (2022) pp. 1-11. ISSN 0039-3681 (2022) [Refereed Article]|
|2021||Turnbull P, 'Bring the Old People Home', History of Anthropology Review, 45 ISSN 0362-9074 (2021) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]|
|2020||Appel M, Fourmile GG, Turnbull P, 'The return of an Indigenous Australian ancestor from the Five Continents Museum', Journal Fuenf Kontinente, 3 pp. 221-245. ISSN 2366-7419 (2020) [Refereed Article]|
|2020||Kutty S, Nayak R, Turnbull P, Chernich R, Kennedy G, et al., 'PaperMiner - a real-time spatiotemporal visualization for newspaper articles', Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 35, (1) pp. 83-100. ISSN 2055-7671 (2020) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Web of Science - 2
|2020||Turnbull P, 'International repatriations of Indigenous human remains and its complexities: the Australian experience', Museum and Society, 18, (1) pp. 6-19. ISSN 1479-8360 (2020) [Refereed Article]|
|2016||Turnbull P, 'Managing and mapping the history of collecting Indigenous human remains', The Australian Library Journal, 65, (3) pp. 203-212. ISSN 0004-9670 (2016) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7
|2015||Turnbull P, 'The Aims of Big History', History Compass, 13, (7) pp. 349-358. ISSN 1478-0542 (2015) [Refereed Article]|
|2015||Turnbull P, 'Anthropological Collecting and Colonial Violence in Colonial Queensland: A Response to 'The Blood and the Bone'', Journal of Australian Colonial History, 17 pp. 133-158. ISSN 1441-0370 (2015) [Refereed Article]|
|2015||Turnbull PG, 'Australian Museums, Aboriginal Skeletal Remains, and the Imagining of Human Evolutionary History', Museum and Society, 13, (1) pp. 72-87. ISSN 1479-8360 (2015) [Refereed Article]|
|2012||Turnbull PG, 'Global in scope, scientific in spirit: the challenges of big history', History Teacher eJournal, 50, (3) pp. 1-15. ISSN 0085-154X (2012) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]|
|2012||Turnbull PG, 'The Aboriginal' Australian brain in the scientific imagination, c. 1820-1880', Somatechnics, 2, (2) pp. 171-197. ISSN 2044-0138 (2012) [Refereed Article]|
|2010||Turnbull PG, 'Historians, computing and the World-Wide-Web', Australian Historical Studies, 41, (2) pp. 131-148. ISSN 1031-461X (2010) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 4
|2010||Turnbull PG, 'James Cook's hundred days in Queensland', Queensland Historical Atlas: Histories, Cultures, Landscapes pp. 1-2. ISSN 1838-708X (2010) [Refereed Article]|
|2007||Turnbull PG, 'Scientific theft of remains in colonial Australia', Australian Indigenous Law Review, 11, (1) pp. 92-104. ISSN 1835-0186 (2007) [Refereed Article]|
|2007||Turnbull PG, 'Scientific theft of remains in colonial Australia - A postscript', Australian Indigenous Law Review, 11, (2) pp. 72-73. ISSN 1835-0186 (2007) [Letter or Note in Journal]|
|2006||Turnbull P, 'British anatomists, phrenologists and the construction of the Aboriginal Race, c.1790-1830', History Compass, 5, (1) pp. 26-50. ISSN 1478-0542 (2006) [Refereed Article]|
|2017||Turnbull P, 'Science, museums and collecting the Indigenous dead in colonial Australia', Palgrave Macmillan, Switzerland, pp. 434. ISBN 978-3-319-51873-2 (2017) [Authored Research Book]|
Chapter in Book(20 outputs)
|2021||Turnbull P, 'Remembering Koiki and Bonita Mabo, pioneers of Indigenous education', Mabo's Cultural Legacy: History, Literature, Film and Cultural Practice in Contemporary Australia, Anthem Press, G Rodoreda and E Bischoff (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 33-45. ISBN 9781785274244 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2020||Aranui A, Fforde C, Pickering M, Turnbull P, Knapman G, et al., ' Under the hammer': the role of auction houses and dealers in the distribution of Indigenous ancestral remains', The Routledge Companion to Indigenous Repatriation: Return, Reconcile, Renew, Taylor & Francis, C Fforde, CT McKeown and H Keeler (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 335-360. ISBN 9781138303584 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2020||Fforde C, Aranui A, Knapman G, Turnbull P, ' Inhuman and very mischievous traffic': early measures to cease the export of ancestral remains from Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia', The Routledge Companion to Indigenous Repatriation: return, reconcile, renew, Routledge, C Fforde, CT McKeown and H Keeler (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 318-399. ISBN 9780203730966 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2020||Fforde C, McKeown CT, Keeler H, Ormond-Parker L, Tapsell P, et al., 'Identity in Applied Repatriation Research and Practice', Working with and for Ancestors, Taylor & Francis, CH Meloche, L Spake and KL Nichols (ed), UK, pp. 255-267. ISBN 9780367809317 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2020||Fforde C, Turnbull P, Carter N, Aranui A, 'Missionaries and the removal, illegal export, and return of ancestral remains: the case of Father Ernst Worms', The Routledge Companion to Indigenous Repatriation: Return, Reconcile, Renew, Taylor & Francis, C Fforde, CT McKeown and H Keeler (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 316-334. ISBN 9781138303584 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2020||Knapman G, Turnbull P, Fforde C, 'Provenance research and historical sources for understanding Nineteenth-century scientific interest in Indigenous human remains: the scholarly journals and popular science media', The Routledge Companion to Indigenous Repatriation: return, reconcile, renew, Routledge, C Fforde, CT McKeown and H Keeler (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 564-582. ISBN 9780203730966 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2020||Turnbull P, 'The Ethics of Repatriation: Reflections on the Australian Experience', The Routledge Companion to Indigenous Repatriation: Return, Reconcile, Renew, Routledge, C Fforde, T McKeown and H Keeler (ed), London, UK, pp. 927-939. ISBN 9781138303584 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2020||Turnbull P, 'Collecting and Colonial Violence', The Routledge Companion to Indigenous Repatriation: Return, Reconcile, Renew, Routledge, C Fforde, T McKeown and H Keeler (ed), London, UK, pp. 452-468. ISBN 9781138303584 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2020||Turnbull P, 'Legally Acquired? The Moral and Legal Context of Collecting Indigenous Australian Human Remains in Colonial Australia', The Great Laboratory of Humanity. Collection, Patrimony and the Repatriation of Human Remains, CLEUP, MT Milicia (ed), Italy, pp. 235-262. ISBN 9788854951174 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2018||Turnbull P, 'German-Australian Research on a Difficult Legacy: Colonial Collections of Indigenous Human Remains in German Museums and Collections', German-Australian Encounters and Cultural Transfers: Global Dynamics in Transnational Lands, Springer Singapore, B Nickl, I Herrschner, EM Goździak (ed), Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd., pp. 179-191. ISBN 978-981-10-6598-9 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2018||Turnbull P, 'Digitally analysing colonial collecting: the Return, Reconcile Renew project', Provenienzforschung zu ethnologischen Sammlungen der Kolonialzeit, Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH), L Forester, I Edenheiser, S Frundt, and H Hartmann (ed), Berlin, pp. 103-113. ISBN 978-3-86004-332-5 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2015||Fforde C, Ormand-Parker L, Turnbull P, 'Repatriation Research: Archives and the Recovery of History and Heritage', Heritage, Ancestry and Law: Principles, Policies and Practices in Dealing with Historical Human Remains, Institute of Art and Law, R Redmond-Cooper (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 39-59. ISBN 9781903987377 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2014||Turnbull PG, 'Margins, Mainstreams and the Mission of Digital Humanities', Advancing Digital Humanities Research, Methods, Theories, Palgrave Macmillan, Paul Arthur and Katherine Bode (ed), London; New York, pp. 258-273. ISBN 9781137336996 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2013||Turnbull PG, 'Das indigene Australien im ersten Jahrhundert der europaeischen Invasion', Australien: 18. bis 21. Jahrhundert. Geschichte und Gesellschaft, Promedia-Verlag, Hermann Muckler, Gabriele Weichart and Friedrich Edelmayer (ed), Wien, Austria, pp. 87-100. ISBN 9783853713525 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2011||Turnbull PG, 'A judicious collector: Edward Charles Stirling and the procurement of Aboriginal bodily remains in South Australia, c. 1880-1912', The body divided: Human beings and human, Ashgate, Sarah Ferber and Sally Wilde (ed), Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom, pp. 109-130. ISBN 9780754668343 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2010||Turnbull PG, 'Introduction', The Long Journey Home: the meanings and Values of Repatriation, Berghahn Books, Paul Turnbull and Michael Pickering (ed), Oxford, England, pp. 1-14. ISBN 9781845459581 (2010) [Other Book Chapter]|
|2010||Turnbull PG, 'The Vermillion Accord and the significance of the history of the scientific procurement and use of Indigenous Australian bodily remains', The Long Way Home: The Meaning and Values of Repatriation, Berghahn Books, Paul Turnbull, Michael Pickering, Mary Bouquet, Howard Morphy (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 117-134. ISBN 9781845459581 (2010) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2009||Turnbull PG, 'The chief mourner's costume: Religion and political change in the Society Islands, 1768-73', Discovering Cook's collections, National Museum of Australia, Michelle Hetherington and Howard Morphy (ed), Canberra, Australia, pp. 41-57. ISBN 9781876944575 (2009) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2008||Turnbull PG, 'British anthropological thought in colonial practice: The appropriation of Indigenous Australian bodies, 1860-1880', Foreign bodies: Oceania and the science of race 1750-1940, ANU E Press, Bronwen Douglas and Chris Ballard (ed), Canberra, Australia, pp. 109-130. ISBN 9781921313998 (2008) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2006||Turnbull PG, Kornbluh M, Shell-Weiss S, 'Alternatives to pay-for-view: The case for open access to historical research and scholarship', Libr@ries: Changing information space and practice, Lawrence Earlbaum Associates, Cushla Kapitzke and Bruce Bertram (ed), Mahwah, New Jersey, United States, pp. 211-218. ISBN 9780805854817 (2006) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2015||Turnbull P, 'Science, Voyages, and Encounters in Oceania, 1511-1850', Journal of Pacific History, 50, (3) pp. 377-379. ISSN 0022-3344 (2015) [Review Single Work]|
|2013||Turnbull PG, 'Clark Lawlor, From Melancholia to Prozac: A History of Depression', Health and History, 15, (2) pp. 125-127. ISSN 1442-1771 (2013) [Review Single Work]|
|2010||Turnbull PG, 'Aphrodite's Island: the European discovery of Tahiti', Journal of Pacific History, 45, (3) pp. 375. ISSN 0022-3344 (2010) [Review Single Work]|
|2010||Turnbull PG, 'Captain Cook: Voyager between two worlds', Australian Journal of Politics and History, 56, (3) pp. 465-466. ISSN 0004-9522 (2010) [Review Single Work]|
Conference Publication(2 outputs)
|2021||Turnbull P, 'Haunting Simulacrum: The Presence and Evolving Meanings of Colonial Era Body, Bone and Facial Casts of Indigenous Peoples in Western Museum Collections', The Global Provenance Colloquium, 21-27 January 2021, Switserland, pp. 1-13. (2021) [Keynote Presentation]|
|2016||Turnbull P, 'Visually Analysing Colonial Entrepreneurship, Architecture and Science', Globalisation, Entrepreneurship and the South Pacific: Reframing Australian Colonial Architecture 1800-1850, 2016, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 54-61. ISBN 978-1-922016-35-5 (2016) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]|
Computer Software(2 outputs)
|2013||Turnbull PG, 'Paper Miner: Geo-Temporal indexes for Australian Newspapers Online', 1, University Of Queensland Data Collection, University Of Queensland Data Collection (2013) [Software Other]|
|2013||Turnbull PG, 'Paper Miner v1.0 Eveleigh NSW', 1, Smart Services CRC, Australia (2013) [Software Other]|
Contract Report, Consultant's Report(1 outputs)
|2013||Fforde C, Turnbull PG, 'Ancestral Remains returned from the Natural History Museum, Vienna in 2009 and currently in the care of KALACC', Kimberley Region's Peak Indigenous Law and Culture Centre (2013) [Consultants Report]|
|2019||Turnbull P, 'Pitt rivers museum', Encyclopedia of global archaeology: living edition, Smith Claire (ed), Switzerland, pp. 1-2 (2019) [Entry]|
|2019||Turnbull P, 'Pitt-rivers', Encyclopedia of global archaeology: living edition, Smith Claire (ed), Switzerland, pp. 3 (2019) [Entry]|
|2014||Turnbull PG, 'Vermillion Accord on Human Remains (1989) (Legislation)', The Encyclopaedia of Global Archaeology, Claire Smith (ed), New York, pp. 7615-7617 (2014) [Entry]|
Other Public Output(1 outputs)
|2013||Turnbull PG, 'Guide to sources for north Queensland history', Melbourne University, Parkville, VIC, Australia (2013) [Report Other]|
Grants & Funding
Since 2000, Paul has been the recipient of research funding secured from the ARC, AITSIS and other sources. His recent grants include $48,000 from the University of Queensland Collaborative Engagement with Industry scheme in 2012, and, in the same year, funding in collaboration with the CRC for Smart Services (QUT) to develop analysis tools for the National Library of Australia's Australian Newspapers Online ($43,000).
Until 2017, Paul is a Chief Investigator on the major ARC Linkage Project Return, Reconcile, Renew: Understanding the History, Effects and Opportunities of Repatriation ($629,533).
Number of grants
- The removal of Indigenous ancestral remains in the nineteenth and twentieth century was enabled by a complexeconomy in which participants traded remains for financial gain. Indigenous peoples have long expressed angerat this state of affairs, but scholars have so far failed to analyse this trade in any detail. This project addressesIndigenous concerns by uncovering the extent of the commercial trade and how Australian Government action inthe early twentieth century brought it to an an end. In doing so, it will provide vital provenance information tosupport the return of Ancestral Remains to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
- Australian Research Council ($748,829)
- Grant-Discovery Projects
- Administered By
- Australian National University
- Research Team
- Fforde C; Turnbull PG; Tapsell P; Thomas M; Nayak R; McCarthy G; Pickering M; McKeown T; Aranui A; Keeler H
- 2020 - 2022
- Grant Reference
- Indigenous communities and an international team of researchers aim to build a unique digital facility that willsupport the repatriation of Indigenous human remains and scholarship on this issue. Repatriation is an extraordinary Indigenous chievement which has been the single most important agent of change in therelationship between Indigenous peoples, museums and the academy over the past 40 yrs. Successful repatriation requires, and produces, research materials diverse in type, geography and accessibility. Within an Indigenous data-governance framework 'Restoring Dignity' builds on LP130100131 to gather, preserve and make appropriately accessible a critical and extensive record of repatriation information that exists worldwide.
- Australian Research Council ($1,232,021)
- Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies ($20,000); Department of Communications and the Arts ($200,000); Flinders University ($20,000); National Museum of Australia ($20,000); University of Melbourne ($120,000)
- Grant-Linkage Infrastructure
- Administered By
- Australian National University
- Research Team
- Fforde C; Rigney D; McCarthy G; Turnbull PG; Hemming S; Singley B
- 2017 - 2018
- Grant Reference
- There are two objectives in this project. The first is to investigate the rich potential of collections held by Tasmanianmuseums, and other cultural institutions and historical sites as resources, not just for engaging museum-going publics,but for strengthening the cultural resilience of local communities through digitally stimulating reflection and debate onpast experience, and its implications for negotiating uncertain economic and social change. Our second aim in thisproject is to investigate and develop digital means of overcoming the problems inherent in the fact that many historicobjects of great significance to local Tasmania communities have become widely dispersed between public and privatecultural institutions.
- University of Tasmania ($6,828)
- Grant-Cross-Disciplinary Incentive
- Administered By
- University of Tasmania
- Research Team
- Turnbull PG; Lueg C
- The repatriation of ancestral remains is an extraordinary Indigenous achievement and inter-cultural development of the past 40 years. This international project will provide critical new knowledge to understand repatriation, its history and effects and will provide scholarly and public outcomes that empower community-based research and practice.
- Australian Research Council ($629,534)
- Grant-Linkage Projects Round 1
- Administered By
- Australian National University
- Research Team
- Fforde C; Rigney D; Turnbull PG; McCarthy G; Ormond-Parker L; Hemming S; Pickering M; Tapsell P
- 2013 - 2016
- Grant Reference
Paul has successfully supervised fourteen PhD theses and several MA projects, with five of his students securing academic positions in Australia and New Zealand. The topics he has supervised include: various aspects of the history of museums and preservation of cultural heritage; European historiography, 1750-1850; the history of racial science in Europe; Pacific exploration and voyaging; intangible cultural heritage in digital media; the meanings and values of the repatriation of bodily remains and other significant cultural property. He welcomes expressions of interest from new MA or PhD students in any of these areas.
|PhD||The Ties that Bind: The enduring strength of the Yeoman Ideal in North-West Tasmania 1860-2000|
Candidate: Rena Rebecca Henderson