Overturning aqua nullius – more than symbolism

Dr Virginia Marshall in front of a colourful blue, brown and yellow Indigenous artwork.

Dr Virginia Marshall, first Indigenous woman to gain a PhD in law from Macquarie University and principal solicitor at Triple BL Legal, reflects on her first book, Overturning Aqua Nullius (Aboriginal Studies Press, 2017). Dr Marshall was a keynote speaker at the 2016 CASS Colonial Formations conference.


Here I was in Townsville, Queensland, presenting a session on the findings of my doctoral thesis for the National Native Title Conference and passionately explaining to the packed venue why Australia hasn’t embraced the High Court Mabo decision in securing Aboriginal water rights. Indigenous peoples sitting in front of me were nodding and agreed at various intervals that our water rights have been swept away by colonial governments, federalism and the national water reforms.

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Chinese Women in World History conference, Taipei, July 2017

In early July 2017 two CASS members, Julia Martinez and Kate Bagnall, attended the International Conference on Chinese Women in World History conference in Taipei, Taiwan – hosted by the Institute for Modern History at Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s national research academy. The conference brought together more than 120 researchers from Taiwan, mainland China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Europe, the United States and Australia for four days of stimulating papers and discussion.

Julia and Kate presented as part of a panel titled ‘Invisible Chinese women and colonial life’, one of two sessions organised by University of Queensland historian Dr Mei-fen Kuo. Julia’s paper explored Chinese women and trafficking into Manila in the 1920s and 1930s, based on research undertaken for her Future Fellowship on the history of trafficking in the Asia-Pacific region. Kate spoke on her ongoing work of uncovering the lives of Chinese women in colonial New South Wales from the 1850s to 1870s.

The conference was a great opportunity to meet and talk to historians from around the world, about the joys and challenges of researching women’s lives and about our own work as feminist scholars. It was also a great chance to sample some fantastic Taiwanese bento boxes for lunch!

Lionel Frost seminar, 28 July 2017

On Friday 28 July CASS will host visiting speaker Associate Professor Lionel Frost from Monash University. Professor Frost will present an HDR workshop on publishing strategies and a research seminar. This will be followed by a welcome lunch for Dr André Brett.

All welcome!

Date: Friday, 28 July 2017
Time: 9.30 am to 2.00 pm
Location: LHA Research Hub, Building 19, Room 2072
RSVP: For lunch catering purposes RSVP to fsteel@uow.edu.au by Monday, 24 July

Schedule:

9.30-10.30: HDR workshop by Lionel Frost, ‘Getting Published: Top Tips for HDRs’
10.30-11.00: Morning tea
11.00-12.30: Research seminar by Lionel Frost, ‘Railways and the Prosperity of the Victorian Mallee before 1930’
12.30-2.00: Lunch and formal welcome to Dr André Brett, Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow in History

Many thanks to Simon Ville for organising Lionel’s visit.