Dr Alice Gorman

Position/s:Lecturer
Department of Archaeology
 Adunct Research Fellow, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Australian National University
Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law
 Faculy Member, International Space University Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program
Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law
 Specialist Heritage Adviser, Wallis Heritage Consulting
Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law
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Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Biography

Dr Alice Gorman is an internationally recognised leader in the emerging field of space archaeology. Her research on space exploration has been featured in National Geographic, the Monocle, and Archaeology magazine. She is a faculty member of the International Space University's Southern Hemisphere Space Program in Adelaide.

She has worked extensively in Indigenous heritage management, providing advice for mining industry, urban development, government departments, local councils and Native Title groups in NSW, WA, SA and Queensland. She is also a specialist in stone tool analysis, and the Aboriginal use of bottle glass after European settlement.

Alice is a Media Liaison Officer for the Australian Archaeological Association, book review editor of the journal Australian Archaeology, and a Councillor of the Anthropological Society of South Australia. She tweets as @drspacejunk.

Qualifications

PhD, University of New England (2001)
B.A.(Hons), University of Melbourne (1986)

Honours, awards and grants

2010:  Voted 1st at Flinders University in the UniJobs Lecturer of the Year poll.
2007: Voted 29th in the annual Australia-wide Lecturer of the Year poll.
2001:  Finalist, Queensland Premier's Awards, Bridges to Reconciliation category.

Key responsibilities

Alice teaches in the Graduate Program in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management, co-ordinating Work Integrated Learning topics with industry partners.

Teaching

Topic Coordinator:

  • ARCH8405  The Archaeology of Australian Stone Artefacts

Research and supervision

Research expertise

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Astronomical and space sciences
  • Gender Studies
  • Historical studies
  • Technology

Research interests

My research involves the archaeology and cultural heritage management of space exploration, focusing on orbital debris, terrestrial launch sites, and tracking stations.

Supervisory interests

  • Australian space history
  • Space archaeology

Publications

Book chapters
  • Gorman, A.C. and O'Leary, B. (2013). The Archaeology of Space Exploration. In Paul Graves-Brown, Rodney Harrison and Angela Piccini, ed. The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World. First ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 409-424. [Link]
  • Burke, H.D., Gorman, A., Mayes, K. and Renshaw, D. (2011). The Heritage Uncertainty Principle: Excavating Air Raid Shelters from the Second World War. In Katsuyuki Okamura and Akira Matsuda, ed. New Perspectives in Global Public Archaeology. New York, USA: Springer, pp. 139-154.
  • Gorman, A.C. (2009). Beyond the space race: the material culture of space in a new global context. In Cornelius Holtorf and Angela Piccini, ed. Contemporary Archaeologies: Excavating Now. Frankfort: Peter Lang, pp. 161-180.
  • Gorman, A.C. (2009). The archaeology of space exploration. In David Bell and Martin Parker, ed. Space Travel and Culture: From Apollo to Space Tourism. Malden: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 132-145. [doi:10.1111/j.1467-954X.2009.01821.x]
  • Gorman, A.C. (2009). Heritage of earth orbit : orbital debris - its mitigation and cultural heritage. In Ann Garrison Darrin and Beth Laura O'Leary, ed. Handbook of Space Engineering, Archaeology and Heritage. Boca Raton: CRC Press, pp. 381-397. [Link]
  • Gorman, A.C. (2009). Cultural landscape of space. In Ann Garrison Darrin and Beth Laura O'Leary, ed. Handbook of Space Engineering, Archaeology and Heritage. Boca Raton: CRC Press, pp. 335-346. [Link]
  • Gorman, A.C. (2008). The primitive body and colonial administration: Henry Ling Roth's approach to body modification. In Russell McDougall and Iain Davidson, ed. The Roth Family, Anthropology and Colonial Administration. Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press, pp. 93-103.
  • Gorman, A.C. and O'Leary, B.L. (2007). An ideological vacuum: the Cold War in outer space. In John Schofield and Wayne Cocroft, ed. A fearsome heritage. Diverse legacies of the Cold War. Walnut Creek California: Left Coast Press, pp. 73-92.
Refereed journal articles
  • Wallis, L., Gorman, A. and Burke, H.D. (2013). The opportunities and challenges of graduate level teaching in cultural heritage management. Australian Archaeology, 76 pp. 52-61. [Link]
  • Gorman, A.C. (2011). The sky is falling: how Skylab became an Australian icon. Journal of Australian Studies, 35(4) pp. 529-546. [10.1080/14443058.2011.618507]

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Book chapters
  • Gorman, A.C. and O'Leary, B. (2013). The Archaeology of Space Exploration. In Paul Graves-Brown, Rodney Harrison and Angela Piccini, ed. The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World. First ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 409-424. [Link]
  • Gorman, A. (2012). Space Archaeology. In Neal Silberman, ed. The Oxford Companion to Archaeology. Second ed. USA: Oxford University Press, pp. 197-200. [Link]
  • Burke, H.D., Gorman, A., Mayes, K. and Renshaw, D. (2011). The Heritage Uncertainty Principle: Excavating Air Raid Shelters from the Second World War. In Katsuyuki Okamura and Akira Matsuda, ed. New Perspectives in Global Public Archaeology. New York, USA: Springer, pp. 139-154.
  • Gorman, A.C. (2009). The archaeology of space exploration. In David Bell and Martin Parker, ed. Space Travel and Culture: From Apollo to Space Tourism. Malden: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 132-145. [doi:10.1111/j.1467-954X.2009.01821.x]
  • Gorman, A.C. (2009). Heritage of earth orbit : orbital debris - its mitigation and cultural heritage. In Ann Garrison Darrin and Beth Laura O'Leary, ed. Handbook of Space Engineering, Archaeology and Heritage. Boca Raton: CRC Press, pp. 381-397. [Link]
  • Gorman, A.C. (2009). Cultural landscape of space. In Ann Garrison Darrin and Beth Laura O'Leary, ed. Handbook of Space Engineering, Archaeology and Heritage. Boca Raton: CRC Press, pp. 335-346. [Link]
  • Gorman, A.C. (2009). Beyond the space race: the material culture of space in a new global context. In Cornelius Holtorf and Angela Piccini, ed. Contemporary Archaeologies: Excavating Now. Frankfort: Peter Lang, pp. 161-180.
  • Gorman, A.C. (2008). The primitive body and colonial administration: Henry Ling Roth's approach to body modification. In Russell McDougall and Iain Davidson, ed. The Roth Family, Anthropology and Colonial Administration. Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press, pp. 93-103.
  • Gorman, A.C. and O'Leary, B.L. (2007). An ideological vacuum: the Cold War in outer space. In John Schofield and Wayne Cocroft, ed. A fearsome heritage. Diverse legacies of the Cold War. Walnut Creek California: Left Coast Press, pp. 73-92.
Refereed journal articles
  • Wallis, L., Gorman, A. and Burke, H.D. (2013). The opportunities and challenges of graduate level teaching in cultural heritage management. Australian Archaeology, 76 pp. 52-61. [Link]
  • Gorman, A.C. (2011). The sky is falling: how Skylab became an Australian icon. Journal of Australian Studies, 35(4) pp. 529-546. [10.1080/14443058.2011.618507]
  • Wallis, L.A. and Gorman, A.C. (2010). A time for change? Indigenous heritage values and management practice in the Coorong and Lower Murray Lakes region, South Australia. Australian Aboriginal Studies, 1 pp. 57-73. [Link]
  • Gorman, A.C. (2007). La terre et l'espace: rockets, prisons, protests and heritage in Australia and French Guiana. Archaeologies, 3(2) pp. 153-168. [doi:10.1007/s11759-007-9017-9]
  • Gorman, A.C. (2005). The cultural landscape of interplanetary space. Journal of Social Archaeology, 5(1) pp. 85-107. [doi:10.1177/1469605305050148]
Refereed conference papers
  • Gorman, A.C. (2005). The Archaeology of Orbital Space. In ?, ed. Proceedings of the 5th Australian Space Science Conference 2005. Melbourne, VIC: RMIT University. Australian Space Science Conference 2005. Melbourne, VIC. Sep 2005, pp. 338-357. [Link]

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Professional and community engagement

Memberships:

Australian Archaeological Association (Media Liaison Officer)

World Archaeological Congress

Space Industry Association of Australia

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Adelaide Chapter Committee Member)

Anthropological Society of South Australia (Councillor)

International Flann O'Brien Society

Alice publishes Space Age Archaeology, which is archived at the National Library of Australia as a significant scientific blog
http://zoharesque.blogspot.com/

Expertise for media contact

  • Space archaeology
  • Australian space history
  • Orbital debris
  • Spacecraft re-entry

Subject/s

  • Aboriginal issues
  • Archaeology
  • Heritage
  • Space
  • Technology


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