"Defending Australia, defending Indigenous rights: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander military service and Australian identity, 1946-2003"

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Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery DP110101627 (2011-13)


This project aims to recover the experiences of Australian Indigenous soldiers and veterans in conflicts and peacetime since World War II within the context of evolving notions of citizenship, race, and civil rights. By examining the interrelated influences of military service on Indigenous communities, non-Indigenous soldiers, activism, veterans' affairs, and political discourse, this study will advance knowledge of Indigenous soldiers' and veterans' impact on Australia's national identity and constructions of citizenship. The outcome will be enhanced understanding of the movement towards Indigenous citizenship rights and social justice.

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Supervisors supervising this project

Dr Noah Riseman Principal Supervisor

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