Claire Smith is a Professor of Archaeology in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. She has produced 10 books and more than 150 publications in English, Spanish, Catalan, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese and Japanese. She is editor of the 11-volume Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology which has 8,013 pages, 2,619 figures,106 tables,1,390 authors and 1,625 entries. This publication has had more than 287,000 downloads.
She is a University Medalist and former Fulbright PostDoctoral Fellow with the American University and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. She has been a visiting scholar at a number of international institutions including Cape Town University, the University of Denver and Kyushu University. She has held one-year posts at the University of Newcastle, NSW, and at Columbia University in New York.
As the twice-elected President of the World Archaeological Congress (2003-2014) Claire Smith has built global research capacity through establishing the Archaeologists without Borders and Global Libraries Programs, supporting the establishment of a refereed journal, Archaeologies, and initiating five new international book series.
Claire Smith has raised over $3.8 million in funding for humanities research projects, including two Fulbright grants and seven Australian Research Council grants.Her areas of specialist expertise include culturally informed sustainable development in Indigenouos communities, Indigenous archaeology, rock art, gender, archaeological ethics, global archaeology and socially mediated terrorism.
At a personal level, Claire Smith aspires to learning how to play the flute, mastering Japanese and Spanish, and acquiring two Dalmations, Spot and Dot.
1996 Doctor of Philosophy. University of New England, Australia.
Title of thesis: Situating Style: an ethno-archaeological study of social and material context in an Australian Aboriginal artistic system. Supervisors: Jane Balme, Betty Meehan and Mike Morwood.
1990 Bachelor of Arts, First Class Honours, University Medal, University of New England, Australia.
Title of thesis: Designed Dreaming: assessing the relationship between style, social structure and environment in Aboriginal Australia. Supervisors: Jane Balme and Mike Morwood.
2014 Elected Life Member of Flinders Archaeology Society.
2010 Elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
2006 National Carrick Award for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Team Category (with H. Burke).
2004 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching, Flinders University, Team Category (with H. Burke).
2003 White Bequest for an Archaeological Publication, Australian Academy of Humanities.
2000 Australian Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship (two awards given nationally across all disciplines at this level). One year.
1999 Prince of Wales Award, Queen's Trust for Young Australians. With Lester Rigney, Yunggorendi First Nations Centre, Flinders.
1994 Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship. Three years.
1996 David Phillips Memorial Award for a postgraduate thesis in Aboriginal studies.
1994 Northern Territory History Award.
1993 Judy Ewing Memorial Prize (shared) for personal contribution by a student to the University and wider community, UNE.
1990 University Medal, University of New England.
Claire Smith is currently Dean (Research) for the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University. Her key responsibility is to build the quality of research in the College. She is a member of Flinders University's College of Distinguished Educators.
World Archaeological Congress
Claire Smith is the immediate past president of the World Archaeological Congress
Membership of Expert Committees
2018—Dental Health Service Expert Advisory Committee, Royal Flying Doctor Service.
2015— Science & Research Committee, South Australian Museum.
2009—11 Humanities & Creative Arts Panel, College of Experts, Australian Research Council.
2009—10 Reference Group, Australian World Heritage Committee.
2010 World Commission of Anthropologies, American Anthropological Association.
2003—09 Public Education Committee, Society for American Archaeology.
2007 Humanities Assessment Panel, Research Quality Framework, Australian Research Council.
Books on—or for—Teaching
2017 H. Burke, M. Morrison and C. Smith. The Archaeologist's Field Handbook. 2nd ed. Sydney: Allen and Unwin. 536 pages.
2007 H. Burke and C. Smith Archaeology to Delight and Instruct. Active Learning in the University Classroom. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press. ISBN-13: 978 1 59874-256-5 (hc) & 978 1 59874-257-2 (pb). 288 pp.
2000 C. Smith Teaching Archaeology in Cyberspace. Adelaide: Southern Archaeology. ISBN 1 876675 24.
2006 $25000 Carrick National Award for Teaching, Team Category (with H. Burke).
2004 $5000 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching, Flinders University, Team Category (with H. Burke).
Conference Sessions on Teaching
July 2005 C. Smith and H. Burke 'Mortimer Wheeler, Lewis Binford, Ian Hodder ... and you. Active Learning in Archaeology'. Showcase paper session, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australiasia (HERDSA) Conference, Sydney.
June 2003 H. Burke and C. Smith 'Teaching Archaeology for Fun'. WAC-5, Washington, D.C.
Conference Papers on Teaching
June 2003 C. Smith and H. Burke 'Becoming Binford: Role-Playing as a Way of Teaching Archaeological Theory and Method'. Washington, DC.
June 2003 C. Smith, A. Warner and S. Ford 'We Are Family: Teaching 'Skin' To Mununga'. Washington, DC.
Jan 1999 C. Smith 'Teaching Archaeology in Cyberspace'. Cape Town, South Africa.
Jan 1999 C. Smith 'Skills for Cyberia: using the Internet to teach archaeology students'. Cape Town, South Africa.
Dec 1998 C. Smith 'Engendering Power Through the Web'. Australian Archaeological Association, Valla, NSW.
Claire Smith has a broad intellectual vision and an inter-disciplinary approach to research, teaching and public engagement. Her main field of research is Indigenous archaeology, especially rock art and gender, and culturally-informed development in Indigenous communities. While she has conducted fieldwork with Indigenous groups in Asia and North America, her primary research interests lie with the archaeology of art and symbolic communication. She also conducts research into the reshaping and relocation of Indigenous knowledge, explored in collaboration with Ngadjuri people from South Australia. She has undertaken collaborative projects with scholars from cultural studies, history, Indigenous studies, Indonesian studies, philosophy, anthropology and theology.
Claire has worked with Aboriginal communities in the Barunga region of the Northern Territory, Australia since 1990. In 2018, her fieldwork is focusing on developing culturally sustainable health care services in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. She is working in partnership with Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The research draws on generative and ground-up research methods in which change is generated by collaborative research that engages Aboriginal knowledge practices. It takes a family-centred, culturally-informed, strengths-based approach that foregrounds cultural leadership, Aboriginal family values and individual aspirations. The first stage of research focuses on mental health and dental care. By taking a culturally-informed and culturally-safe approach to the delivery of health services in the Sunrise communities we aim to Bridge the Gap of cultural knowledge between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in order to Close the Gap in health, longivity, education and employment.
The book that Claire Smith is currently writing t Style as Social Strategy, to be published by Routledge in 2019.
: Indigenous Archaeology
; contact archaeology
: gender archaeology
; Aboriginal art
Areas of Specialist Expertise: Indigenous archaeology, socially mediated terrorism, rock art, gender, archaeological ethics, anthropological archaeology, world archaeology, culturally-informed and sustainable health, education and development in Indigenous communities.
Aboriginal Australia: Claire Smith has conducted fieldwork with Aboriginal people in the Katherine East region of the Northern Territory for 28 years. In 1991, Phyllis Wiynjorroc, the senior traditional owner of Bagula clan lands, gave her son the name Lamjerroc, after Phyllis' father. Since 1998, Claire has worked closely with the Ngadjuri people of South Australia.
Claire is passionate about highlighting the sophistication of Australian Aboriginal culture and enhancing community appreciation of the unique accomplishments of Indigenous Australians. Claire was the instigator, co-ordinator and principal author of the 200 page submission, A Past for all Australians: Archaeology and Australia's National History Curriculum, a proposal to the Australian Federal government to develop the new national curriculum so that it is more socially inclusive of Indigenous knowledges and achievements.
World Archaeological Congress: As the President of the World Archaeological Congress from 2003-2014, Claire Smith led the establishment of a number of projects that build research and teaching capacity in economically disadvantaged countries, including the Global Libraries and Archaeologists without Borders programs. Claire established five books series for the World Archaeological Congress and is Head Series Editor for the Indigenous Archaeologies Series, published by Alta Mira Press, and the Global Cultural Heritage Manuals series, published by Springer. Working with Foundation Editors Nick Shepherd (South Africa) and Anne Pyburn (USA), she established the new refereed journal, Archaeologies: Journal of the World Archaeological Congress (ERA Rank A).
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