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Researcher: Rolls, M (Dr Mitchell Rolls)

Fields of Research

Postcolonial Studies
Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
Social and Cultural Anthropology
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies
Globalisation and Culture
Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
Social Philosophy
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Intellectual Property Law
Law and Legal Studies
Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Language, Communication and Culture
Recreation, Leisure and Tourism Geography
Stylistics and Textual Analysis
Public Policy
Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
Race and Ethnic Relations
Social Policy
Art Criticism
Environmental Management

Research Objectives

Understanding Australia's Past
Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Cultural Understanding
Languages and Literature
Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage
Citizenship and National Identity
Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture
Social Ethics
Justice and the Law
Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Communication Across Languages and Culture
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Development and Welfare
Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
The Media
The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions)
Conserving Natural Heritage
Law Enforcement
Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism
Publishing and Print Services (incl. Internet Publishing)
Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis

Career Best Publications

Black is not green; Australian Studies
The changing politics of miscegenation; Aboriginal History
The Meaninglessness of Aboriginal Cultures; Reconciliations

Research Publications

'Finger Lickin' Good'; Reforming the Law; Alternative Law Journal
'More fun than the locals’: cultural differences and natural resources; Transcultural Studies
A Reply to David Tacey's 'What are we afraid of?: Intellectualism, Aboriginality and the Sacred.'; Melbourne Journal of Politics
Australian Indigenous Studies: Research and Practice; Peter Lang
Black is not green; Australian Studies
Black Spice for White Lives: A Review Essay; Balayi
Book Review: Beyond White Guilt: The Real Challenge for Black-White Relations in Australia by Sarah Maddison, Allen & Unwin, 2011
Casuistry, commentary and killing cattle: Transgressing notional borders of belonging; Journal Of Australian Studies
Cultural Colonisation: Monica Furlong and the Quest for Fulfilment; Australian Feminist Law Journal
Finding Fault: Aborigines, anthropologists, popular writers and Walkabout; Australian Cultural History
Flora, Fauna and Concrete: Nature and development in Walkabout magazine ( Australia 1934-1978); Journal of Australian Studies [Zeitschrift für Australienstudien]
Friday essay: William Ricketts Sanctuary is a racist anachronism but can it foster empathy?
Hanging Paintings: Aboriginal Art, Primitivism, and the Quest for Authenticity; Visualising Australia: Images, Icons, Imaginations
Interview with Bernard Lane,'Why I'm not an Ethical Researcher : Political correctness is guiding Aboriginal Studies'
Interview with Chengdu Television Station
Jail, then Unwanted Reprieve, for Peaceful Environmental Protester; Alternative Law Journal
James Cowan and the white quest for the black self; Australian Aboriginal Studies
Liz Conor, Skin Deep: Settler Impressions of Aboriginal Women. Crawley: UWA Publishing, 2016. 514 pp
Media Influence
Message from the InASA president; Australian Studies, Journal Of
New Age: New Orthodoxy-the institutional authorising of balderdash; Journal of Aboriginal Studies
Painting the Dreaming white; Australian Cultural History: Journal of the History of Culture in Australia
Picture imperfect: re-reading imagery of Aborigines in Walkabout; Australian Studies, Journal Of
Reading 'Walkabout' in the 1930s; Australian Studies
Reading Friendly Mission in the Twenty-First Century: An Introduction; Reading Robinson: Companion Essays to Friendly Mission
Reading Friendly Mission in the Twenty-First Century: An Introduction; Reading Robinson: Companion Essays to friendly Mission
Reading Robinson: Companion Essays to Friendly Mission; Quintus Publishing
Reading Robinson: Companion Essays to George Robinson's Friendly Mission; Monash University Publishing
Reconciliation? Legislative Council Rejects Aboriginal Lands Hand Back; Sealing to Recommence?; Preminghana Resolution?; No More Asbestos in the Park; Alternative Law Journal
Response; Australian Humanities Review
Review - Disputed Territories:Land, Culture and Identity in Settler Societies, David Trigger and Gareth Griffiths eds. Aberdeen/Hong Kong: Hong Kong UP, 2003
Review of Black Politics: Inside the Complexity of Aboriginal Political Culture, by Sarah Maddison, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, 2009
Review of Germaine Greer, Quarterly Essay: Whitefella Jump Up, Melbourne, Black Inc, 2003; API Review of Books
Review of Germaine Greer, Quarterly Essay: Whitefella Jump Up, Melbourne, Black Inc., 2003
Review of Whitening Race: Essays in Social and Cultural Criticism edited by Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, 2004
Robert Lawler Tells a 'White' Lie; Journal of Australian Studies
Roberts, Bertram Ainslie (1911–1993)
Sampling Prisoners; Sampling Aborigines; Alternative Law Journal
The Green Thumb of Appropriation; The Littoral Zone : Australian Contexts and their Writers
The 'Great Australian Silence', the 'Cult of Forgetfulness' and the Hegemony of Memory; Zeitschrift für Australienstudien
The Black Path to Jesus: The Christian Appropriation of Aboriginal Culture; Australian Studies
The changing politics of miscegenation; Aboriginal History
The Culture Brand and Radical Alterities; The Journal of the European Association of Studies on Australia
The Funds You Can't Trust; Strip Jack Naked No More; Alternative Law Journal
The Great Australian Silence
The Historical Dictionary of Australian Aborigines; Scarecrow Press
The jungian quest for the Aborigine within: A close reading of David Tacey's Edge of the Sacred: Transformation in Australia; Melbourne Journal of Politics
The Making of 'Our Place': Settler Australians, Cultural Appropriation, and the Quest for Home; Antithesis
The Meaninglessness of Aboriginal Cultures; Reconciliations
The Meaninglessness of Aboriginal Cultures; Balayi: Culture Law and Colonialism
The Northern Territory Intervention: The Symbolic Value of 'Authentic' Indigeneity and Impoverishment, and the Interests of the (Progressive) Liberal Left; Coolabah
Travelling Home, Walkabout Magazine and Mid-Twentieth-Century Australia; Anthem Press
Upping the Ante-Tasmanian Aborigines Prepare Claim for Half of State; Alternative Law Journal
Walkabout Project
Walkabout Project
Why didn't you listen: white noise and black history; Aboriginal History
Why I Don't Want to be an 'Ethical' Researcher; Australian Humanities Review
Worthy Project Stumbles into Print
Writing home: walking, literature and belonging in Australia’s red centre
‘Are There any Poor People Here?’: Immigrants, Aborigines, and Multicultural Perceptions; The Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia

Research Projects

2012: Visualizing Australia: Images, Icons and Imaginations - Representing the Continent at Home and Abroad, Germany; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
German Association for Australian Studies Biennial International Conference 2010: 'Australia: Dreams, Images, Cliches'; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Indigenous Staff Scholarship Program; Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)
Travelling Home: Race, Representation, and Settler Australian Place-Making in Walkabout; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Travelling Home: A Study of Walkabout, Australia's Geographic Magazine (1934-74); Australian Research Council (ARC)

Research Candidate Supervision

"Offensively Australian-" Walkabout and Middlebrow Writers, 1927-1969
'We grew up this place'- Ernabella Mission 1937-1974
A 'New' Environmental Sensibility? Representing Non-Indigenous Connections with the Environment in Contemporary Writing in Australia
A Re-Reading of Idriess
Aboriginal Convicts- Race, Law, and Transportation in Colonial New South Wales
Adaptation, Adoption and Aggression- An Investigation of the Relationship Between Settlers, Convicts and the Aboriginal People of Tasmania, 1798-1876
Attribution Analysis- A Critique of the Policy Paradigm with a Case Study of the Northern Territory Emergency Response
Being and Belonging
Cinematic Campfires- Australian Feature Film and Reconciliation, 2000-2010
Colonial and Post-Colonial Constructions of Aboriginal Identity in Tasmania
Francis (Fanny) Cochrane Smith
Frontier of Space, Frontier of Mind- The Aboriginal Establishment, Bruny Island
Grease and Ochre- The Blending of Two Cultures at the Tasmanian Colonial Sea Frontier
Imagined Portraits- Reviving Figures from Australia's Past
Indigenous Self-determination- Rhetoric or Reality?
Indigenous Soldiers From Tasmania Who Served in WWI
International Influences on the Establishment and Evolution of Aboriginal Political Activism 1900 - 1940
Small Islands, Big Struggles - Muttonbirding- Cultural Practice of Invented Tradition
Tasmanian indigenous people's interation with the christian church and the emergence of an indigenous-christian identity and praxis
Tasmanian Legal History and its Implications for Native Title Jurisprudence
Tasmanian Reconciliation- Symbolism and Practicality
The Exhaustion of Progressive Aboriginal Governance
The Palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal) Languages- A Preliminary Discussion
The Suspending Hearts- Identity Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Contemporary Chinese Autobiographies in Diaspora
Unconventional Women- An Examination of the Lives and Writings of the Female Contributors to Walkabout Magazine and their Contribution to Australian Culture and Identity