Dr Chris Wilson

Senior Lecturer

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Research expertise

Key research interests include: 1) Holocene occupation and migration models for the lower Murray River, south-eastern Australia 2) Post-contact archaeologies, conflict, memory and trauma, studies of colonialism 3) Intersections of cultural heritage, intellectual property and digital technologies and, 4) Australian Indigenous archaeologies.

Research expertise

Key research interests include: 1) Holocene occupation and migration models for the lower Murray River, south-eastern Australia 2) Post-contact archaeologies, conflict, memory and trauma, studies of colonialism 3) Intersections of cultural heritage, intellectual property and digital technologies and, 4) Australian Indigenous archaeologies.

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

Dr Chris Wilson is an archaeologist and Senior Lecturer in Humanities (Indigenous Studies, History and Archaeology ). He is the first Indigenous Australian to be awarded a PhD in Archaeology awarded by Flinders University in 2017. He has worked as an Academic Advisor/Assocate, Lecturer for the Yunggorendi First Nations Centre for Higher Education and Research and Senior Lecturer for the Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement at Flinders University since 2004. He is interested in museum representations, repatriation of Old people's (human) ancestral remains issues and debates in the preservation and management of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's cultural heritage.

Dr Wilson is currently a CI (network participant) for the Australian Research Council (ARC) National Indigenous Research and Knowledge’s Network (NIRAKN) Special Research Intitative (CI: Prof Aieleen Moreton Robinson) 2003-2019. This is a capacity building network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers.

Ministrial Appointed Committees

2010, Review of the International Repatration Advisory Policy, Expert & Community Reference Committee, Department of Indigenous Affairs, Federal Australian Government, Canberra.

2008, Greek Ministry, Invited Speaker to the UNESCO International Return of Cultural Property Conference, Athens, Greece

2007, National Indigenous Youth Leadership Group, Department for Indigenous Affairs, Federal Australian Government, Canberra.

Qualifications

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

Holocene Archaeology and Ngarrindjeri Ruwe/Ruwar (Land, Body, Spirit): A Critical Indigenous Approach to Understanding the Lower Murray River, South Australia (Supervisors: Prof Claire Smith, A/Prof Steve Hemming, Dr Lynley Wallis)

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

Murrup Institute: Prof Marcia Langton and Prof Ian Anderson

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

Return of the Ngarrindjeri; Repatriating Old People (Human Remains) Back to Country (Supervisors: Dr Lynley Wallis and A/Prof Steve Hemming with Uncle Tom Trevorrow, Uncle Matt Rigney and Uncle Moogie Sumner)

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

1999, South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), Successfully passed and completed with Tertriary Entrance Rank (TER) for tertiarty admissions, Christies Beach High School & Southern Vocational College (Mentors: Aunty Nellie Egan; Mr Pearce and Mrs Stattin)

Honours, awards and grants

2013-2020 Cheif Investigator and Network Participant, Australian Research Council (ARC Special Reserach Initiative, 'National Indigenous Knowledges and Research Network (NIRAKN), Lead CI: Prof Aieleen Moreton Robinson, (SR120100005) (Total: $3,198,392)

2013-2017, Partner Investigator & Researcher (2013-2017), ARC Linkage Project 'Return, Reconcile, Renew: Understanding the history, effects and opportunities of repatriation and building an evidence base for the future', Australian Research Council, Lead CI: A/Prof Cressida Fforde (LP130100131)

2011-2013: Member of Indigenous Advisory Group, Australian Research Council Discovery: 'Museum, field, metropolis, colony: museums and social governance', (CI: Professor Tony Bennett; Dr Fiona Cameron, (DP110103776)

2013-2014, Australian Institute for Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) Research Award (ALNGRA11022) (Total: $12,000) to undertake second stage C14 on shell samples collected from the Lower Murray River South Australia.

2012, Aborigines Advancement League Grant, Indigenous Student Research Scholarship, University of South Australia (Total: $2,500)

2010-2011, Australian Institute for Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) Research Award (ALNGRA10062) (Total: $8,000) to undertake first stage C14 on shell samples collected from the Lower Murray River South Australia.

2009, University of Waikato Radiocarbon Dating Prize, Australian Archaeological Association (Total: $500 for C14 Dating)

2008-2009, Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Research Award (G2008/7398) (Total: 21,000) to undertake archaeological investigations associated with doctoral reserach in the Lower Murray River, South Australia.

2007-2009, Lowitja O'Donoghue Indigenous Student Postgraduate Research Scholarhip, Flinders University (Total Funds Awarded: $93,896)

2007, Teaching Award and Citation, Departmenet of Education, Science and Training (DEST), Partnerships Award (Inspire Peer Mentor Program)

2007, Winner, Office for Youth Outstanding Young Indigenous Achiever, Channel 9 Young Achievers Award (Total Funds: $2,000)

2006, Delegation, International Repagtiration Program for Return of Ngarrindjeri Old People UK

2006, Finalist, Office for Youth Outstanding Young Indigenous Achiever, Channel 9 Young Achievers Award

2005, Coordinator, Ngarrindjeri and National Museum of Australia Reburial Program

Key responsibilities

Balanced teaching and research academic focused on Indigenous Studies Program. Various and interdciplinary connections and roles includie: Topic coordinator, lecturer and tutor in Critical Indigenous Studies, History and Archaeology and community professional service. This includes community engagement, fieldbased learning and contributions in the field.

Research expertise
Archaeology
Australian studies/history
Contemporary Cultural and Political Issues
Indigenous identities
Other history and archaeology
Research interests

Holocene Occupation and Subsistence Strategies of the Lower Murray River, SA

Australian Indigenous Archaeology

Global Indigenous Archaeologies

Museum Studies, History and Governance of 'Indigenous'

Repatriation and Reburial of Old People (Ancestral Human Remains)

Radiocarbon dating methods and Chronologies

Archaeological science and enviornmental archaeology

Ngarrinderi Culture and History, Colonialism and Identity

Teaching interests

My core teaching areas including Global Indigenous Studies, Australian Archaeology, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Research Methods, Skills and Practice. Below are selected student evalutation of teaching (SET) from my last teaching report (during S2 2017):

The Best

Chris explains thing in great detail and replies to emails fast...his teaching method is perfect as he gets everyone attention because he is engaging as a teacher...I really enjoyed tutorial discussions with him which helped me understand colonial history

Where do I begin. Chris Wilson is a wonderful teacher. His teachings were heartfelt and inspirational and moving. Chris always took the time to fully explain questions or comments. Chris has inspired me to further follow my heart and chase my dream to support indigenous peoples or help rural farmers suffering from depression. I am now working voluntarily at Neporendi and hope to partake in the Inspire Mentoring program in February 2018.

To Improve

More feedback provided on assignments...more clips could be helpful...he could work on managing the class discussions better so time is used to its fullest when there are dominant students that go off track it takes away from the lesson topic.

Maybe he can be braver and louder to speak his opinions out and give him more chance on stage, not only tutoring

Topic coordinator
ARCH3107 History of Archaeological Thought
Topic lecturer
AUST1001 Australian Studies: Identities
ARCH2106 Archaeological Field Methods
ARCH3109 Envionrmental Archaeology
AUST1004 An Introduction to Aboriginal Studies
Supervisory interests
Archaeology
Australian cultural management
Australian studies, interdisciplinary approaches
Conflict studies
Critical race and whiteness studies in Australian contexts
Memoirs and 'race' relations in neo/post colonial Australia
Publications
Expert for media contact
Aboriginal issues
Archaeology
Contemporary Cultural & Political Issues
History - Australian
Indigenous Australia
Museums
Archaeology of the Lower Murray River SA
Australian Indigenous Archaeology
Museums and Repatriation
South Australian Aboriginal Issues and Debates
Available for contact via
Or contact the media team
+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Aboriginal issues
  • Archaeology
  • Contemporary Cultural & Political Issues
  • History - Australian
  • Indigenous Australia
  • Museums
Interests
  • Archaeology of the Lower Murray River SA
  • Australian Indigenous Archaeology
  • Museums and Repatriation
  • South Australian Aboriginal Issues and Debates
Further information

Office Bearer Roles

Indigenous Officer, Australian Archaeological Assocaition Inc. (AAA)

https://australianarchaeologicalassociation.com.au/our-journal/

Executive Officer, Australian IndigenousArchaeologists Association (AIAA)

http://www.australianindigenousarchaeologistsassociation.com.au/

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Branch Committee Member, National Tertiary Education Industry Union (NTEU)

http://www.nteu.org.au/atsi

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