Globalization, Photography, and Race: the Circulation and Return of Aboriginal Photographs in Europe

  • Lydon, Jane (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Herle, Anita (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Morton, Christopher (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Veys, Fanny (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This project addresses the momentous intersection of new digital
technologies and Aboriginal traditions surrounding visual imagery. It explores the global circulation of
photographs of Australian Aboriginal people that began in the 1840s, and their central role within the
emergence of modern views regarding race and history. It investigates the significance of colonial
photography to Indigenous communities, and through international collaboration returns photographs
currently housed in five key European collections to descendants, providing an important Indigenous
heritage resource, a major international conference and a travelling exhibition.
Effective start/end date4/01/1131/12/15


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$390,620.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$39,000.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$610,380.00