Professor Angela McCarthy
Professor Angela McCarthy is Professor of Scottish and Irish History and Director of the Centre for Global Migrations at the University of Otago, New Zealand. She has published widely in studies of migration, including most recently (with T.M. Devine), Tea and Empire: James Taylor in Victorian Ceylon (2017), Migration, Ethnicity and Madness: New Zealand, 1860-1910 (2015), Personal Narratives of Irish and Scottish Migration, 1921-65: ‘For Spirit and Adventure’ (2007), and Irish Migrants in New Zealand, 1840-1937: ‘The Desired Haven’ (2005). Her work has drawn on connections with family historians and migrant communities including, most recently, interviews with Cambodian, Syrian and Palestinian former refugees in Dunedin, New Zealand.
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Professor John Maynard
Professor John Maynard is a Worimi Aboriginal man from the Port Stephens region of New South Wales. He is currently Chair of Aboriginal History at the University of Newcastle and Director of the Purai Global Indigenous and Diaspora Research Studies centre. He has held several major positions and served on numerous prominent organizations and committees including, Deputy Chairperson of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), Executive Committee of the Australian Historical Association, New South Wales History Council, Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council (IHEAC), Australian Research Council College of Experts – Deputy Chair Humanities, National Indigenous Research and Knowledge Network (NIRAKN) and a Fulbright Ambassador. He was the recipient of the Aboriginal History (Australian National University) Stanner Fellowship 1996, the New South Wales Premiers Indigenous History Fellow 2003, Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow 2004, University of Newcastle Researcher of the Year 2008 and 2012 and Australian National University Allan Martin History Lecturer 2010. In 2014 he was elected a member of the prestigious Australian Social Sciences Academy. He gained his PhD in 2003, examining the rise of early Aboriginal political activism. He has worked with and within many Aboriginal communities, urban, rural and remote. Professor Maynard’s publications have concentrated on the intersections of Aboriginal political and social history, and the history of Australian race relations. He is the author of several books, including Aboriginal Stars of the Turf (2003), Fight for Liberty and Freedom (2007), The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe (2011), Aborigines and the Sport of Kings (2013), True Light and Shade: An Aboriginal Perspective of Joseph Lycett's Art (2014) and Living with the Locals – Early Indigenous Experience of Indigenous Life (2016) with V. K. Haskins. He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs including documentaries The Track, The Colony, Vote Yes for Aborigines, Captain Cook Obsession and Discovery, Outback United, Lachlan Macquarie - The Father of Australia, The Years That Made Us, Australia – The Story of Us and Fred Maynard Aboriginal Patriot.
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Professor Jordanna Bailkin
Professor Jordanna Bailkin is the Jere L. Bacharach Endowed Professor in International Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she teaches British, European, and imperial history in the Department of History. She is the prizewinning author of The Culture of Property (Chicago, 2004), The Afterlife of Empire (Berkeley, 2012), and Unsettled: Refugee Camps and the Making of Multicultural Britain (Oxford, 2018). She has published widely on the histories of colonialism and decolonization, race and migration. She is at work on two new projects: one on the history of private security and detention in Britain, and another on emotions and the welfare state.
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Professor Sylvester A. Johnson
Professor Sylvester A. Johnson is an internationally recognized humanities scholar specializing in the study of race, religion, and technology. He is currently Professor and Director of the Centre for Humanities at Virginia Tech, USA. Johnson is a founding co-editor of the Journal of Africana Religions. He has authored two books: African American Religions, 1500–2000: Colonialism, Democracy, and Freedom, published by Cambridge University Press in 2015 and a winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award, and The Myth of Ham in Nineteenth-Century American Christianity: Race, Heathens, and the People of God, a 2004 Palgrave MacMillan publication that garnered the American Academy of Religion’s Best First Book Award. Johnson also co-edited, with Steven Weitzman, The FBI and Religion: Faith and National Security Before and After 9/11, which the University of California Press published in 2017.
The Virginia Tech Centre for Humanities
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Associate Professor Nancy Cushing
Nancy Cushing is Associate Professor in History, Assistant Dean Research Training at the University of Newcastle, Australia, and an executive member of the Australian and New Zealand Environmental History Network and the History Council of NSW. An environmental historian most interested in relations between humans and other animals, she is co-author, with Kevin Markwell, of Snake-bitten, Eric Worrell and the Australian Reptile Park (UNSW Press 2010), co-editor of Radical Newcastle (New South 2015) and co-editor of Animals Count: How Population Size Matters in Animal-Human Relations (Routledge 2018). Her current projects include a revisionist history of coal in Australia.
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Mr Thomas Mayor
Thomas Mayor is a Torres Strait Islander man who lives on Larrakia land in Darwin. He is a National Indigenous Officer for the Construction Forestry Maritime and Mining Union. He is also the Deputy Secretary of the Northern Territory Branch of the Maritime Union of Australia, and Assistant Secretary of the NT Trades & Labour Council. Thomas was elected from the Referendum Council Darwin Dialogue on Constitutional Recognition to participate in the Uluru National Constitutional Convention. He was a part of the unprecedented consensus at Uluru on 26 May 2017, articulated in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. He has since advocated for the proposals in the Statement – a call for Voice, Treaty, Truth.
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Mr Eddie Synot
Eddie Synot is an Indigenous academic lawyer and researcher at Griffith University. Eddie is currently completing his PhD with the Griffith Law School focusing on a critique of Indigenous recognition and the liberal rights discourse of Indigenous recognition. Eddie has also taught Indigenous Studies at Griffith University, teaching Reconstructing the Aboriginal Australian, Aboriginal Political Histories and Contemporary Aboriginal Issues. He has appeared on ABC’s The Drum is a contributor to The Conversation.
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Ms Teela Reid
Teela Reid is a proud Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman born and raised in Gilgandra western NSW. She is a solicitor with experience practicing in criminal, civil and administrative law. Teela was involved as a working group leader on s 51(xxvi), the Race Power, in the Constitutional dialogue process that culminated in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Teela commenced her professional career as a high school PE teacher. She then completed her postgraduate Juris Doctor from UNSW Law Sydney and was named on the UNSW Law Deans Women of Excellence List. Upon graduation, Teela was appointed tipstaff to her Honour Justice Lucy McCallum of the NSW Supreme Court. Teela was the first Aboriginal person to be elected on the UNSW Law Society as Vice-President (Social Justice), where she was the founding director of the UNSW Law First Peoples Moot. She was also the Inaugural recipient of the NSW Indigenous Barristers Trust award. Previously, Teela was Australia’s Female Indigenous Youth Delegate to the United Nations Permanent Forum in New York that inspired her journey to become a lawyer. In 2017, Teela was selected to attend Harvard University as a global Emerging Leader. On her return to Australia, Teela fearlessly took Prime Minister Turnbull to task on Q&A after his dismissal of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
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Professor Katharine Gelber
University of Queensland
Katharine Gelber is Head of the School of Political Science and International Studies, and Professor of Politics and Public Policy. Her research is in the field of freedom of speech, and the regulation of public discourse. She has been awarded several ARC, and other, competitive research grants. In November-December 2017, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Global Freedom of Expression Project, Columbia University, New York. In Dec 2017, she jointly hosted, with Prof Susan Brison, a workshop at the Princeton University Center for Human Values on, 'Free Speech and its Discontents'. In 2014, with Prof Luke McNamara, she was awarded the Mayer journal article prize for the best article in the Australian Journal of Political Science in 2013. In 2011 she was invited by the United Nations to be the Australian Expert Witness at a regional meeting examining States' compliance with the free speech and racial hatred provisions of international law. In 2009 she presented the Mitchell Oration in Adelaide on the topic 'Freedom of Speech and its Limits'. She is the author of three monographs (Free Speech After 9/11, OUP 2016; Speech Matters, UQP, 2011, Speaking Back, John Benjamins, 2002), and three edited books (incl. Free Speech in the Digital Age, OUP 2019).
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Dr Nicky Jones
University of Southern Queensland
Nicky Jones is a senior lecturer in the School of Law and Justice at the University of Southern Queensland. In a previous career, Dr Jones was a French lecturer and translator before completing her LLB (Hons) and a PhD in French and Law from the University of Queensland for research into legal and cultural issues arising from the wearing of the Islamic headscarf in secular public schools in France. After graduating, Dr Jones worked as a judge’s associate to the Hon Justice Margaret McMurdo AC, who was then President of the Court of Appeal in Queensland, before being employed as a lawyer in private and government practice. She is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Queensland and the Federal and High Courts of Australia. Dr Jones currently lectures in public international law, human rights law and anti-discrimination law. Her research interests include international law, secularism and religious freedom, politics and consumer law.
Professor Richard Nile
James Cook University
Richard Nile is Professor of History and Head of Humanities and Creative Arts at James Cook University. Previous appointments have included Professor and Director of the Humanities Research Institute Murdoch University, Professor and Director the Australia Research Institute Curtin University, Director the Australian Studies Centre University of Queensland, and Deputy and Interim Head the Menzies Centre University of London. Richard began his career as a Lecturer at the Universities of New South Wales and Western Australia. At various other times, he has been University Fellow and Senior Honorary Research Fellow University of Western Australia, Distinguished Visiting Professor Copenhagen University, Australia-India Council Visiting Professor Himachal Pradesh University, Visiting Fellow Eotvos Lorand University Budapest, and Visiting Fellow University of Debrecen. The author and co-author of books across more than thirty international editions and translations, Richard has published a further 98 edited scholarly volumes, and around a hundred peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and occasional pieces across a range of media.
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Professor Lynette Russell
Lynette Russell is a historian who combines anthropology and archaeology in her research. She is Director of the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre, which is a research and teaching unit specializing in History, Archaeology and Anthropology. She is extensively published and is the author or editor of twelve books, specializing in Aboriginal and encounter history. Professor Russell is committed to community and public outreach and seeks to disseminate her work widely. As an interdisciplinary scholar she works with archaeologists and museum studies specialists as well as transnational historians. She is committed to ethical research with community members as equal partners in the research process. She has held fellowships at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and she is a member of the Academy Social Sciences Australia and the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
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