Julie Evans is an Australian Research Council post doctoral Research Fellow in the History Department at the University of Melbourne. She is currently working on a collaborative research project that compares the circumstances in which civil and political rights were accorded or denied to indigenous peoples in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa.
Luke Godwin is a graduate of the University of New England (NSW) – B.A. (Hons) and Ph.D. He has taught in the Department of Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology at the University of New England. He currently provides advice to a wide range of government agencies, Aboriginal groups and development proponents on cultural heritage management throughout Queensland. He is an Honorary Consultant in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Queensland, and an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Human and Environmental Studies at the University of New England.
Anna Johnston teaches in the School of English and European Languages and Literatures at the University of Tasmania. She completed a doctoral thesis entitled ‘Adam’s Ribs: Gender, Colonialism, and the Missionaries, 1800–1860’ at the University of Queensland in 1999. Her research interests include postcolonial literature and theory, colonial literature and history, gender studies, Australian studies and autobiography.
Rod Macneil completed his Ph.D. on the representation of Aboriginal people in colonial painting at University of Melbourne. He moved to the USA to take up a position at The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. He is currently living in San Francisco and works for the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum.
Ian McNiven is Lecturer in Australian Archaeology and Director of Uni-MArch cultural heritage consulting in the School of Fine Arts, Classical Studies & Archaeology, The University of Melbourne, Australia. Research interests include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander coastal archaeology, stone artefact technology, archaeology of the colonial frontier and cultural heritage management. His main field research area is Torres Strait where he is investigating the archaeology of European-Islander cross-cultural encounters of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Ian has published articles in Antiquity, Journal of Field Archaeology and Archaeology in Oceania and is the co-editor of Constructions of Colonialism (Cassells, 1998) and Australian Coastal Archaeology (ANH Publications, 1999) and co-author of Peopling of Ancient Australia (Allen & Unwin, forthcoming).
Grant Morris teaches history at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Prior to moving into history he qualified as a solicitor. He is currently completing doctoral studies in the area of legal history. His research interests include the legal relationships between Maori and Pakeha during the mid to late nineteenth century.
John K. Noyes is Professor of German and Theory of Literature, Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, at the University of Cape Town. He is the author of The Mastery of Submission. Inventions of Masochism, Cornell Studies in the History of Psychiatry (Cornell University Press, 1997). And Colonial Space. Spatiality in the Discourse of German South West Africa 1884–1915. (Harwood, 1992). He is editor of (Kultur / Sprache / Macht) (with Gunther Pakendorf and Wolfgang Pasche: Peter Lang, 2000) and The Paths of Multiculturalism: Travel Writings and Postcolonialism. Proceedings for the Mossel Bay Workshop of the XVI Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association, (with Maria Alzira Seixo and Lourdes Câncio Martins: Edições Cosmos, 2000). His current research is into ‘nomadism, colonialism and the problem of cultural mobility’ and ‘E.T.A. Hoffmann and enlightenment, power and the beginnings of psychoanalysis’.
Nigel Penn is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is the author of Rogues, Rebels and Runaways: Eighteenth Century Cape Characters (David Philip, 1999) and co-editor of Britain at the Cape, 1795–1803 (Brenthurst Press, 1992). He has published extensively in the field of Khoisan studies and Cape frontier history.
Lynette Russell is the Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies, Monash University in Melbourne. Along with Ian McNiven and Kay Schaffer she edited the volume Constructions of Colonialism (Cassell, 1998) and has published on post-colonial theory and representations of indigenous Others. Her book A Little Bird Told Me will be published by Allen and Unwin. She is currently conducting a research project into the Derridian concept of ‘undecidability’ with regard to individual ethnic identity and the value of family histories.
Kay Schaffer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Inquiry at the University of Adelaide where she teaches in the areas of gender studies, cultural studies and post-coloniality. She is the author of several books, including Women and the Bush (Cambridge University Press, 1988) and In the Wake of First Contact: The Eliza Fraser Stories (Cambridge University Press, 1995). Her latest publications include the edited anthologies: Indigenous Australian Voices: A Reader (Rutgers University Press, 1998), Constructions of Colonialism (Cassell, 1998) and The Olympics at the Millennium (Rutgers, 2000). Kay Schaffer is the immediate past President of the Cultural Studies Association of Australia.
Ron Southern is an independent scholar who lives in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. While working with Rhys Issac he was awarded a Ph.D. for a study of communal life at the Moravian settlement of Fulneck, Yorkshire, in the 1750s. His interests lie in interdisciplinary approaches to historical notions of faith, orthodoxy, culture and society. At present he is working on two book projects. One of these explores apprehensions of identity in mid-nineteenth century Port Phillip, the other the interaction of religious communities in the eighteenth century.
Nathan Wolski completed his doctoral research in the area of contact archaeology at the University of Melbourne. In 2000–1 he will be undertaking a Jerusalem Fellowship looking at Jewish history and philosophy. His research interests include Aboriginal-European relations in the first decades of settlement, post-colonial theory and its application to archaeology.