Dr Chris Wilson

Senior Lecturer

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Research expertise

Dr Christopher Wilson is a Ngarrindjeri archaeologist and Indigenous academic from Adelaide, South Australia. Areas of teaching and research interests include: Indigenous archaeology, the archaeology of 'river and sea country', studies of colonialism and conflict and healing through heritage.

Research expertise

Dr Christopher Wilson is a Ngarrindjeri archaeologist and Indigenous academic from Adelaide, South Australia. Areas of teaching and research interests include: Indigenous archaeology, the archaeology of 'river and sea country', studies of colonialism and conflict and healing through heritage.

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

Dr Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Australian Studies and Archaeology. He has worked as an Academic Advisor/Associate Lecturer in Yunggorendi First Nations Centre for Higher Education and Research in 2004 and Lecturer in the Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement. He is an Australia archaeologist working with Indigenous communities in South Australia to protect and manage cultural heritage and engage in projects that reconnect and reaffirm cultural identity for Indigenous peoples.


Ngarrindjeri repatriation issues and the reburial debate (domestic and international programs). I
n 2004, I documented the return from Museum Victoria. In 2006, a dlelegation and film/research tram travelled to the UK inclluding Pitts River Museum, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, University College Lodon and Dublin to the World Archaeological Congress.Ngarrindjeri repatriation issues and the reburial debate (domestic and international programs) - (Funded through federal Department of Communication and Arts, Department for Envionrment and Heritage and the Natioal Museum of Australia) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/jun/28/aborigines-reclaim-ancestors-remains

Lower Murray Archaeological Project - Holocene Investigations of Subsistence and Occupation in the Lower Murray, SA - Shell middens and envionrmental impacts in the Holoence. Self-Reflexivity, Auto-Ethnogrphy were applied in the development of 'the Ngarrindjeri Archaeological Standpoint' (funded through AIATSIS, Department of Envionremnt and Heriage, AINSE and Flinders University) https://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2008/11/07/ngarrindjeri-history-pre-dates-pyramids/

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

He is the first Aboriginal Australian to be awarded a PhD in Archaeology from Flinders University in Adelaide Australia - https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-20/first-indigenous-australian-to-complete-archaeology-phd-to-grad/8961894

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

1999, South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), Christies Beach High School

Honours, awards and grants

2019, Refining Holocene Occupation, Subsistence and Chronologies in the Lower Murray River, South Australia. Research Training and Ethics Grant, Centre for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) (Total: $30,000).

2013-2020 Chief 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)

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.

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

Indigneous Archaeology and Interdiscplinary Studies in Humanities

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

AUST1004: An Intro to Aboriginal Studies

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
ARCH1006 Sex, Death and Ritual in the Ancient World
POLI2020 Australian Indigenous Politics
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
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
  • 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

Current Office Bearer Roles

Indigenous Officer, Australian Archaeological Assocaition Inc. (AAA)

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

Executive Officer, Australian Indigenous Archaeologists 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

Federal and State Government - Ministerial Appointed Committees

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

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

Repatriation and Reburial (jpg)

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