An Intergenerational Oral History of the Koori Courts in Victoria
The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre (SZCC) at Victoria University has been awarded an Australia Research Council grant for an Intergenerational Oral History of the Koori Courts.
Professor Kathy Laster, Director, Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University
Stipend value in 2021
Full-time Doctor of Philosophy and/or Masters Research Degree ($29,000 per annum)
This Australian Research Council (ARC) funded research project will record the historic establishment and implementation of the Koori Courts in Victoria.
The project's objectives are to:
- create an accessible case-study and archival record of the development and early challenges of the Koori Courts in Victoria
- identify factors that have contributed to its success and sustainability;
- build the research capacity of young Indigenous scholars;
- provide a reciprocal intergenerational learning opportunity, so Indigenous Elders can pass on their knowledge and experience to future Indigenous leaders
- explore the role of Indigenous justice in Australia in the context of international developments in alternative justice practices for Indigenous communities.
The SZCC is working with the Koori Unit at Court Services Victoria on this multi-disciplinary project that will build the research capacity of young Aboriginal scholars meeting and interviewing Elders and respected persons about the establishment of and the significant moments in the history of the Koori courts.
The project will be a creative legacy of a critical time in Indigenous self-determination and culturally sensitive justice system approaches for Indigenous people.
One of the components of the project is an exhibition in Melbourne that will tour regional areas. Graduates in Filmmaking and exhibition curatorial management are also encouraged to apply for Research Assistant roles and postgraduate placements.
Required disciplinary knowledge
- A background in law, legal studies, justice, criminology, history, cultural studies, curatorial management (or related fields)
- Strong analytical acumen and interpersonal skills
- Connections and networks with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
Anticipated learnings & activities for the project
The project is overseen by a senior Advisory Board with distinguished Indigenous leaders including Andrew Jackomos APM as Chair of the board. Depending on the disciplinary background, the PhD/Masters student/s under expert supervision will:
- coordinate the literature review
- identify, conduct and analyse interview data from key stakeholders involved in the establishment of the Koori Courts (including Indigenous Elders, judicial officers, politicians and policy makers)
- assist with convening the academic conference
- assist with development of the curated online and touring exhibition showcasing the research findings
- work alongside Professors Kathy Laster, Anne Wallace and Richard Broome and receive graduate training and mentoring from expert supervisors on legal and Indigenous history, public policy, and oral history methods
- liaise closely with Moondani Balluk Indigenous Unit, Victoria University, Court Services Victoria, the Koori Justice Unit (Department of Justice and Community Safety). and have direct contact with Indigenous Elders and communities
We are accepting applications for new domestic applicants only; PhD or Masters.
Applications close Sunday 28 February 2021 midnight (AEST).
Read the Guide to Applicants carefully prior to submission.
You are encouraged to contact Professor Kathy Laster to discuss your interest in the scholarship/s.
Email: [email protected]
Apply through the online application system.