Dr Christopher Wilson

Senior Lecturer

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities (236a)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Chris Wilson is an Ngarrindjeri archaeologist and Indigenous studies educator who was the first Indigenous Australian to be awarded a PhD in Archaeology. He works closely with Aboriginal communities in South Australia, particularly the Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal Corporation (NAC). His teaching and research interests include Australian archaeology; Archaeology of the First Australians, Holocene occupation of the Lower Murray River and Coorong regions in south-eastern Australia; Indigenous cultural heritage; Repatriation of Indigenous ancestral remains; Indigenous Australian studies; and, critical race studies. He assisted with the return and reburial of Ngarrindjeri ancestral remains from Museum Victoria and the United Kingdom and was a former member of the International Repatriation Advisory Committee (IRAC) appointed by the Federal Government.

Chris Wilson is a current member of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee (AAC) for the South Australian Museum (SAM) and actively engaged in research including Associate Investigator for the Centre for Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre for Excellence in Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH). He has presented international keynotes and conference presentations for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in Athens, Greece, World Archaeological Congress (WAC) in Washington D.C. and Society for American Archaeology (SAA) in St Louis, United State of America (USA). He is passionate about improving the lives and livelihoods of Indigenous peoples globally in the areas of Indigenous archaeology, cultural heritage and social justice.

Qualifications

2017, Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Archaeology, Flinders University

2010, Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research Training and Practice, University of Melbourne

2006, Bachelor of Archaeology (Honours) First Class, Flinders University

2004, Bachelor of Archaeology (Indigenous Archaeology), Flinders University

Honours, awards and grants

Current Research Projects

2019-2021 PI, Indigenous Cultural Heritage as a Facilitator for the Sustainable Development Goals (Prof Alok Kumar Kanungo PI, Archaeology, IIT, Gandhinagar and Dr Nisshant Choksi Co-PI, Archaeology, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Gandhinagar and Professor Claire Smith, Co-PI, Archaeology, Flinders University), SPARC Program Project, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India.

2019-2021, CI, Refining Holocene Occupation, Subsistence and Chronologies in the Lower Murray River, South Australia, Reserach Training & Ethics (RT&E) Grant, Centre for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH).

2012-2021, CI/PI, National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN), Australian Research Council (ARC), Special Research Initiative, CI Professor Aileen Morten-Robinson, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Grant ID: SR120100005.

Completed Research Projects

2012 CI, Stage 2: AMS Radiocarbon Dating of Fish Otoliths from the Lower Murray River, SA, Australian Institute for Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) Research Award (Grant ID: 11022) $16,000

2010 Ngarrindjeri Reburial Commuinty Program, International Repatriation Unit, Department for Family and Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) $10,000

2009 CI, Stage 1: AMS Radiocarbon Dating of Fish Otoliths from the Lower Murray River, SA, Australian Institute for Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) Research Award (Grant ID: ALNGRA10062) $7040

2008 CI, Lower Murray Archaeological Project, Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Research Grant (Grant ID: G2008/7398) $21,592

2007 Professor Lowitja O’Donoghue Indigenous Student Postgraduate Scholarship, Flinders University $25,627

2005 Warnung (Hack's Point) Old Peoples Places: A Collaborative approach to archaeological survey, research and management planning (a pilot study), Flinders Univesity $4,200

Honours and Awards

2020 Flinders Univesity Early Career Alumni Award

2009 University of Waikato Radiocarbon Dating Prize

2007 DEST National University Indigenous Partnership Award (with Dr Catherine Koerner and Dr Simone Tur) $10,000

2007 Office for Youth Outstanding Young Indigenous Acheiver Award, Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards $1000

Key responsibilities

University Teaching, Research & Service

Topic coordinator, lecturer and tutor in Archaeology and Indigenous Australian Studies

Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision

Convenor of the Archaeology Research Seminars

Member, Indigenous Workforce Strategy (IWS), Flinders University

External Appointments & Ministerial Committees

2020-2022 Member, Aboriginal Partnership Committee, South Australian Museum

2019-2021 ATSI Branch Committee Member, National Tertiary Education Union, Flinders University Branch.

2010-2013 Member, Aboriginal Advisory Committee, Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project Grant titled ‘’Museum, Field, Metropolis, Colony: Practices of Social Governance’’, Chief Investigator: Toney Bennet, University of Western Sydney

2009-2010 Member, International Repatriation Advisory Committee (IRAC), appointed by Hon. Jenny Macklin MP, Federal Minister for Families and Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra

2005-2006 Member, National Indigenous Youth Leadership Group (NIYLG), appointed by Hon. Mal Borough MP, Federal Minister for FACSIA.

Teaching interests

Archaeology of the First Australians, Coastal and Riverinie Archaeology, Lab and Field Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, Museums and Repatriation, Indigenous Australian Studies, Critical Race Studies

Topic coordinator
ARCH2202 Archaeology of the First Australians
INDG1000 Indigenous Studies: An Introduction
ARCH8140 Archaeology of the First Australians GE
INDG1001 Race and Represenation: Indigenous Identities
Topic lecturer
INDG3001 Colonial Intimacies and the Economy: Mathematics of Genocide
ARCH2202 Archaeology of the First Australians
INDG1000 Indigenous Studies: An Introduction
INDG2004 Reconciliation and Indigenous Knoweldges
INDG3002 Decolonizing Institutions: Indigenous Critical Creative Praxis
INDG1001 Race and Representation: Indigenous Identities
INDG9000 Indigenous Research Methdologies
ARCH8410 Archaeology of the First Australians GE
Supervisory interests
Aboriginal archaeology
Archaeology
Australian Indigenous studies
Australian museums and indigenous people
History, South Australian Indigenous
Indigenous cultural heritage
Indigenous repatriation
Indigenous research methodologies
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Associate supervisor: Archaeology (1)
Expert for media contact
Aboriginal issues
Archaeology
Australia
Contemporary Cultural & Political Issues
Education - Aboriginal
Indigenous Australia
Race relations
Archaeology of the Lower Murray River SA
Australian Indigenous Archaeology
Cultural Heritage
Indigenous Studies
Museums and Repatriation
Ngarrindjeri People
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  • Contemporary Cultural & Political Issues
  • Education - Aboriginal
  • Indigenous Australia
  • Race relations
Interests
  • Archaeology of the Lower Murray River SA
  • Australian Indigenous Archaeology
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Museums and Repatriation
  • Ngarrindjeri People
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