Associate Professor Heather Burke, Dr Alice GormanDr Ian Moffat, Dr Mick Morrison, Dr Martin Polkinghorne, Associate Professor Amy Roberts, Professor Claire Smith

Leader:
Dr Martin Polkinghorne

Keywords:
Colonialism, capitalism, cosmopolitanism, agency, world-systems theory

Colonialism, capitalism and cosmopolitanism played crucial roles in shaping the complex societies of the modern world. As pre-modern economies began to fracture from the 15th century, new ideas of wealth, labour, status and race transformed the physical and social environments of many groups involved in colonial, capitalist and cosmopolitan encounters. Expansion and contraction of contact and international trade changed landscapes, production systems, and relationships between central and peripheral communities. Indigenous and non-Indigenous identities were retained or remade and, in turn, material culture shaped the social terrains within which people negotiated new environments and lived their daily lives. Correspondingly, the processes of these engagements—and the memories of them—have influenced the formation of modern identities today.

Projects

Archaeology of the Queensland Native Mounted Police: Aboriginal-­European Interactions on the Queensland Frontier, 1849-1904

Clamor Schürmann and the Barngarla Native School, Port Lincoln

Cross-Cultural Entanglements within the Central Murray River Valley

Food, Labour and the Emergence of Capital in Northern Cape York Peninsula

Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Past and Present

Indigenous People and Space Exploration

Kimberley Frontier Archaeology Project

Narungga 'Hidden Histories'

New Light on Cambodia's Dark Age: The Capitals of Cambodia after Angkor (1350-1750)