Confirmation of Candidature Doctor of Philosophy


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Presenter:  Marie Munkara

Date: Nov 21, 2018

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Contact person:  Office of Research and Innovation
T: 08 8946 7289
E: Research.Degrees@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Yellow 1.2.48 (Savanna Room) Casuarina Campus, Charles Darwin University

CONFIRMATION OF CANDIDATURE DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

What is the significance of the “mermaid” to the people of Northern Australia?

Abstract
Mermaids have long been part of Northern Australian Indigenous culture, and this PhD will explore this concept as it relates to the Top End of Australia. This will involve the different beliefs, the recording and transmitting of information about them and how they are connected to the cultures of this part of the country. The research will be done by an Indigenous woman with close connections to Arnhemland. Data will be gathered by qualitative research methods including narrative interviews, participant observation and focus groups.

Bibliography
Born on the banks of the Mainoru River, Marie is a Rembarrnga woman from West Arnhemland. She is an award winning author and received the David Unaipon Award in 2008 and the NT Book of the Year in 2010 for her first book “Every Secret thing.” She has written a second novel “A Most Peculiar Act” (Magabala 2014) and two children’s books “Rusty Brown” and “Rusty and Jojo” (Oxford Press 2014). Her memoir “Of Ashes and Rivers that Run to the Sea” (Penguin 2016) was shortlisted for the NSW Premiers Award 2017 and is currently being made into a film. She enjoys writing and sharing information about Indigenous issues.

Supervisors
Dr Curtis Roman, Principal (CDU College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society)
Professor Rolf Gerritsen, (The Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University)
Dr Danial Kelly (College of Business & Law, Charles Darwin University)

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