Of the more than 12,000 individuals included in the Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB) only 210 (1.5%) of all entries relate to Indigenous Australians. In this lecture Dr Shino Konishi will chart how the ADB has addressed Indigenous lives in the past, and draw on other national dictionaries of biography for insights into new conceptions and practices of Indigenous biography.
About the speaker
Dr Shino Konishi is an historian in the School of Humanities and School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia, and the lead Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council Project, ‘An indigenous Australian Dictionary of Biography. Her publications include The Aboriginal Male in the Enlightenment World (2012, and the co-edited collections Indigenous Intermediaries: New Perspectives on the Exploration Archive (2015) and Brokers and Boundaries: Colonial Exploration in Indigenous Territory (2016). She is a descendant of the Yawuru people of Broome, Western Australia.
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