Land and identity: comparative studies of belonging in Australia's Gulf Country (2012–2016)

The project is a comparative study of Aboriginal and broader Australian senses of belonging to land and place. Are landforms, flora and fauna made central to both 'Indigenous' and 'non-Indigenous' ideas about who and what can 'belong' in Australia? The study proposes comparative anthropological investigations across three linked themes: flexibility and change in Aboriginal claims for an indigenous identity entwined with land and nature; cultural investments held by non-Aboriginal people in significant places and environments; and overlapping and contested understandings about which plants and animals 'belong' in a relatively young post-Settler society.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
Funded by:
Australian Research Council