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Researcher: Turnbull, PG (Professor Paul Turnbull)

Fields of Research

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history
History and philosophy of science
Historical studies
Australian history
History of the pacific
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
Critical heritage, museum and archive studies
History and philosophy of specific fields
History and philosophy of the humanities
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural history
Applications in arts and humanities
History and philosophy of medicine
Heritage and cultural conservation
Archival, repository and related studies
Musicology and ethnomusicology
Social and community informatics
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge management methods
History and philosophy of the social sciences
Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander information and knowledge management systems
Human information behaviour

Research Objectives

Expanding knowledge in human society
Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture
Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
Other culture and society
Understanding Australia's past
Understanding past societies
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander customary practices
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander determinants of health
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services
Information services
Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies
Conserving Pacific Peoples heritage and culture
Conserving collections and movable cultural heritage
Conserving intangible cultural heritage

Career Best Publications

Science, museums and collecting the Indigenous dead in colonial Australia; Palgrave Macmillan

Research Publications

'Thrown into the fossil gap': Indigenous Australian ancestral bodily remains in the hands of early Darwinian anatomists, c. 1860-1916; Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A
A judicious collector: Edward Charles Stirling and the procurement of Aboriginal bodily remains in South Australia, c. 1880-1912; The body divided: Human beings and human
Alternatives to pay-for-view: The case for open access to historical research and scholarship; Libr@ries: Changing information space and practice
Ancestral Remains returned from the Natural History Museum, Vienna in 2009 and currently in the care of KALACC
Anthropological Collecting and Colonial Violence in Colonial Queensland: A Response to 'The Blood and the Bone'; Journal of Australian Colonial History
Aphrodite's Island: the European discovery of Tahiti
Australian Museums, Aboriginal Skeletal Remains, and the Imagining of Human Evolutionary History; Museum and Society
Bring the Old People Home; History of Anthropology Review
British anatomists, phrenologists and the construction of the Aboriginal Race, c.1790–1830; History Compass
British anthropological thought in colonial practice: The appropriation of Indigenous Australian bodies, 1860-1880; Foreign bodies: Oceania and the science of race 1750-1940
Captain Cook: Voyager between two worlds
Clark Lawlor, From Melancholia to Prozac: A History of Depression
Collecting and Colonial Violence; The Routledge Companion to Indigenous Repatriation: Return, Reconcile, Renew
Das indigene Australien im ersten Jahrhundert der europaeischen Invasion; Australien: 18. bis 21. Jahrhundert. Geschichte und Gesellschaft
Digitally analysing colonial collecting: the Return, Reconcile Renew project; Provenienzforschung zu ethnologischen Sammlungen der Kolonialzeit
German-Australian Research on a Difficult Legacy: Colonial Collections of Indigenous Human Remains in German Museums and Collections; German-Australian Encounters and Cultural Transfers: Global Dynamics in Transnational Lands
Global in scope, scientific in spirit: the challenges of big history; History Teacher eJournal
Guide to sources for north Queensland history
Haunting Simulacrum: The Presence and Evolving Meanings of Colonial Era Body, Bone and Facial Casts of Indigenous Peoples in Western Museum Collections; The Global Provenance Colloquium
Historians, computing and the World-Wide-Web; Australian Historical Studies
Identity in Applied Repatriation Research and Practice; Working with and for Ancestors
International repatriations of Indigenous human remains and its complexities: the Australian experience; Museum and Society
Introduction; The Long Journey Home: the meanings and Values of Repatriation
James Cook's hundred days in Queensland; Queensland Historical Atlas: Histories, Cultures, Landscapes
Legally Acquired? The Moral and Legal Context of Collecting Indigenous Australian Human Remains in Colonial Australia; The Great Laboratory of Humanity. Collection, Patrimony and the Repatriation of Human Remains
Managing and mapping the history of collecting Indigenous human remains; The Australian Library Journal
Margins, Mainstreams and the Mission of Digital Humanities; Advancing Digital Humanities Research, Methods, Theories
Missionaries and the removal, illegal export, and return of ancestral remains: the case of Father Ernst Worms; The Routledge Companion to Indigenous Repatriation: Return, Reconcile, Renew
Paper Miner v1.0 Eveleigh NSW
Paper Miner: Geo-Temporal indexes for Australian Newspapers Online
PaperMiner - a real-time spatiotemporal visualization for newspaper articles; Digital Scholarship in the Humanities
Pitt rivers museum
Provenance research and historical sources for understanding Nineteenth-century scientific interest in Indigenous human remains: the scholarly journals and popular science media; The Routledge Companion to Indigenous Repatriation: return, reconcile, renew
Remembering Koiki and Bonita Mabo, pioneers of Indigenous education; Mabo’s Cultural Legacy: History, Literature, Film and Cultural Practice in Contemporary Australia
Repatriation Research: Archives and the Recovery of History and Heritage; Heritage, Ancestry and Law: Principles, Policies and Practices in Dealing with Historical Human Remains
Science, museums and collecting the Indigenous dead in colonial Australia; Palgrave Macmillan
Science, Voyages, and Encounters in Oceania, 1511-1850
Scientific theft of remains in colonial Australia; Australian Indigenous Law Review
Scientific theft of remains in colonial Australia - A postscript; Australian Indigenous Law Review
The Aims of Big History; History Compass
The chief mourner's costume: Religion and political change in the Society Islands, 1768-73; Discovering Cook's collections
The Ethics of Repatriation: Reflections on the Australian Experience; The Routledge Companion to Indigenous Repatriation: Return, Reconcile, Renew
The return of an Indigenous Australian ancestor from the Five Continents Museum; Journal Fuenf Kontinente
The Vermillion Accord and the significance of the history of the scientific procurement and use of Indigenous Australian bodily remains; The Long Way Home: The Meaning and Values of Repatriation
The ‘Aboriginal’ Australian brain in the scientific imagination, c. 1820–1880; Somatechnics
Vermillion Accord on Human Remains (1989) (Legislation)
Visually Analysing Colonial Entrepreneurship, Architecture and Science; GESP symposium
‘Inhuman and very mischievous traffic’: early measures to cease the export of ancestral remains from Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia; The Routledge Companion to Indigenous Repatriation: return, reconcile, renew
‘Under the hammer’: the role of auction houses and dealers in the distribution of Indigenous ancestral remains; The Routledge Companion to Indigenous Repatriation: Return, Reconcile, Renew

Research Projects

Cultural Resilience and the Relational Museum; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Profit and Loss: The commercial trade in Indigenous human remains ; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Restoring Dignity: Networked Knowledge for Repatriation Communities; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Return, Reconcile, Renew: understanding the history, effects and opportunities of repatriation and building an evidence base for the future; Australian Research Council (ARC)

Research Candidate Supervision