Dr Victoria Grieves
Dr Victoria Grieves is of Warraimay and Tasmanian descent. She is currently ARC Indigenous Research Fellow at the University of Sydney developing her second ARC project More than Family History: Race, Gender and the Aboriginal Family in Australian History. Vicki’s research methodology is developed out of critical Indigenous theory, centring on Indigenous knowledge production through an Aboriginal historiography. Her PhD thesis, to be published as Healing Histories: Family, Identity and Wellbeing in Aboriginal Australia develops this historiography and explores nineteenth century family formation within Warraimay from within a local epistemology, including the history of her own family.
Vicki has explored the connection between Aboriginal Spirituality/philosophy, and the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal people who live within a colonial regime in her book Aboriginal spirituality: Aboriginal philosophy, the basis of Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing.
Her ongoing projects include a documentary addressing Aboriginal incarceration and deaths in custody. Four books - one of contextualized writings of the Aboriginal journalist John Newfong with Adrian Atkins; the book Significant others: race and the Australian family with Fiona Probyn-Rapsey; a history of the McClymont family of Nabiac; and an edited book of papers from two IK symposiums with Vek Lewis and Fernanda Penaloza - are in draft form.
Vicki has three decades experience in managing Aboriginal policy and program developments within universities, the Commonwealth public service and in Aboriginal community organisations. She has recently had the opportunity toreview major Indigenous education initiatives of the Commonwealth government as a consultant researcher.
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