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.
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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.
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.