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The Australian National University

Dr Laura Rademaker

PhB (Australian National University); PhD (Australian National University)
Postdoctoral Research Associate
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Research interests

Indigenous history, ‘deep’ history, gender and women’s history, religious history, oral history and memory, language and cross-cultural encounters, Christian missions.

 

Biography

Laura Rademaker is Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Centre for Indigenous History. She is the author of Found in Translation: Many Meanings on a North Australian Mission (University of Hawai’i Press, 2018) on language and cross-cultural exchange at Christian missions to Aboriginal people. Her work explores the possibilities of ‘cross-culturalising’ history, interdisciplinary histories as well as oral history and memory. At present, is contributing to the Deep Human Past project, seeking to tell the ‘deep’ history of Australia and expand notions of history and the past. She is also working on a book about the Tiwi Islands and Aboriginal encounters with Catholicism as well as researching the closing of Christian missions, secularisation and Indigenous self-determination. She sits on the editorial committee of Journal of Australian Studies.

 

Researcher's projects

FL170100121 Rediscovering the Deep Human Past: Global Networks, Future Opportunities (led by Professor Ann McGrath).

This project will analyse Australia's epic Indigenous narratives alongside relevant new scientific evidence in order to create a big picture history of Greater Australia/Sahul, and as a result transform the scale and scope of history. Fresh periodisations and understandings will reorient this history in its wider global context. Through critiquing the evolution of disciplines, especially the world history/prehistory divide and the Cambridge training nexus, the project will develop future-oriented transdisciplinary techniques for researching the deep human past. As part of the project, a diverse generation of early career scholars will join top international networks and be trained in digital research techniques and delivery platforms for researching this exceptional human history.

 

Available student projects

Aboriginal history, Christian missions, Australian religious history, deep history

Publications

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