Aug – Sep 2018
Anthropology Expert for the Applicant, Conference of experts, GunaiKurnai people versus State of Victoria (VID737/2014), Federal Court of Australia.
Oct – Dec 2018
Publication project: Analytical reflections on anthropological evidence in Native Title compensation claims, supported by Centre for Native Title Anthropology, Guided Research and writing Placement (2018). This project engages with the concept of solatium in Native Title compensation claims. While systematic description and analysis of affective experience is the key principle to provide expert opinion and evidence for the loss of solace, the matter requires legally to be framed in direct consequential relation with the extinguishment or impairment of landed rights and interests. The experts who have been involved in compensation claims are all agreed on the methodological and analytical challenges of the relevant research. In this paper, I apply a holistic approach to the matter of personal and social experience and discuss recording beyond the verbal expressions of affect and emotions and narration of loss in the compensation research.
Publication Project: Native Title Archives as Traditional Owner community owned and controlled repositories. This joint project engages with the Indigenous data sovereignty and return of Native Title research materials to the Traditional Owner communities. A group of two historians and two anthropologists who have variously worked with the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations, First Nations Legal and Research Services and the Native Title Unit, Department of Justice and Regulation are participated in the project. The paper is prepared for the special issue on Critical Archives, in the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Johns Hopkins University Press.