Position

Senior Lecturer
Archaeology

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 member of the Executive Council of the Space Industry Association of Australia, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 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 is the Director of Studies for the Department of Archaeology. She teaches undergraduate archaeology and graduate cultural heritage management.

Topic Coordinator:

  • ARCH1006  Sex, Death and Ritual in the Ancient World
  • ARCH2212  The Archaeology of Modern Society
  • ARCH3313  Archaeology in the Field
  • ARCH8018  Introduction to Cultural Heritage Management
  • ARCH8309A Advanced Research Projects
  • ARCH8403  Directed Study in Cultural Heritage Management
  • ARCH8404  Directed Study in Archaeology
  • ARCH8405  The Archaeology of Australian Stone Artefacts

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.

RHD research supervision

Current

Associate supervisor : Historical archaeology, Irish settlement in Australia, folklore (1) ; Space exploration, Mars colonisation, verse novel, poetry and science (1) ; Modern material culture, Jawoyn, archaeology of the contemporary past (1) ; Ngadjuri, cultural landscapes, contact archaeology (1) ;

Completion

Principal supervisor : Cemetery studies, historical archaeology, gender and material culture (1) ;

Publications

  • Gorman, A.C. (2016). Tracking cable ties: contemporary archaeology at a NASA satellite tracking station. In Ursula K. Frederick and Anne Clarke, ed. That was then, this is now. Contemporary Archaeology and Material Cultures in Australia. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 101-117.
  • Gorman, A.C. (2015). Robot avatars: The Material Culture of Human Activity in Earth Orbit. In Beth Laura O'Leary and P.J. Capelotti, ed. Archaeology and Heritage of the Human Movement into Space. Heidelberg, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 29-47.
    [10.1007/978-3-319-07866-3_3] [10.1007/978-3-319-07866-3_3]
  • Gorman, A.C. (2014). Space Archaeology. In Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 6943-6948.
    [10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_1082]
  • Gorman, A.C. and O'Leary, B. (2013). The Archaeology of Space Exploration. In P Graves-Brown, R Harrison & A Piccini, ed. The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World. 1st ed. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 409-424.
    [Web Link]
  • Gorman, A. (2012). Space Archaeology. In Neal Silberman, Alexander Bauer, Margarita Diaz-Andreu, Cornelius Holtorf and Emma Waterton, ed. The Oxford Companion to Archaeology. 2nd ed. New York, United States of America: Oxford University Press, pp. 197-200.
    [Web 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). 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.
    [Web Link]
  • 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.
    [Web Link]
  • 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.
    [10.1111/j.1467-954X.2009.01821.x] [Scopus]
  • 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.
  • Gorman, A.C. (1993). Theories of prehistoric inequality: Hobbes, Freud and Engels. In Hilary du Cros and Laurajane Smith, ed. Women in Archaeology: A Feminist Critique. Canberra, ACT: Australian National University, pp. 46-50.
  • Gorman, A.C. (1997). The archaeology of body modification, or, decorating Rita. In Izabel Soliman, ed. Rita asks: does the body count? Armidale NSW: Women's and Gender Studies and the Academic Women's Association, University of New England. Rita asks: does the body count? Armidale NSW. Oct 1997, pp. 13-25.
  • Gorman, A. (2014). The Anthropocene in the Solar System. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 1(1) pp. 89-93.
    [10.1558/jca.v1i1.73]
  • Horner, J., Gorman, A.C., Cairns, A. and Short, W. (2016). The Gender Balance of the Australian Space Research Community: A Snapshot From The 15th ASRC, 2015. In Graziella Caprarelli and Wayne Short, ed. 15th Australian Space Science Conference. Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Australian Space Science Conference. Australian Space Science Conference. Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. Sep 2015.
    [Web Link]
  • 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.
    [Web Link]
  • Gorman, A.C. (2016). Culture on the Moon: bodies in time and space. Archaeologies, 12(1) pp. 110-128.
    [10.1007/s11759-015-9286-7] [Scopus]
  • 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.
    [Scopus]
  • 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] [Scopus]
  • 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.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Gorman, A.C. (2009). The gravity of archaeology. Archaeologies, 5(2) pp. 344-359.
    [10.1007/s11759-009-9104-1] [Scopus]
  • 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.
    [10.1007/s11759-007-9017-9] [Scopus]
  • Gorman, A.C. (2005). The cultural landscape of interplanetary space. Journal of Social Archaeology, 5(1) pp. 85-107.
    [10.1177/1469605305050148] [Scopus]
  • Gorman, A.C. (2016). Tracking cable ties: contemporary archaeology at a NASA satellite tracking station. In Ursula K. Frederick and Anne Clarke, ed. That was then, this is now. Contemporary Archaeology and Material Cultures in Australia. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 101-117.
  • Gorman, A.C. (2015). Robot avatars: The Material Culture of Human Activity in Earth Orbit. In Beth Laura O'Leary and P.J. Capelotti, ed. Archaeology and Heritage of the Human Movement into Space. Heidelberg, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 29-47.
    [10.1007/978-3-319-07866-3_3] [10.1007/978-3-319-07866-3_3]
  • Gorman, A.C. and O'Leary, B. (2013). The Archaeology of Space Exploration. In P Graves-Brown, R Harrison & A Piccini, ed. The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World. 1st ed. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 409-424.
    [Web 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.
    [10.1111/j.1467-954X.2009.01821.x] [Scopus]
  • 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.
    [Web Link]
  • 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.
    [Web 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.

Professional and community engagement

Memberships:

Australian Archaeological Association

World Archaeological Congress

Space Industry Association of Australia (Advisory Council Member)

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Adelaide Chapter)

Anthropological Society of South Australia (Councillor)

International Flann O'Brien Society

International Association of Critical Heritage Studies

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Aboriginal issues
  • Archaeology
  • Heritage
  • Space
  • Technology

Interests

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

Contact

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Phone: +61 8 82012803
Email:
Location: Humanities Building (269)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Further information

Alice publishes Space Age Archaeology, which is archived at the National Library of Australia as a significant scientific blog.

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