Dr Michael Davis

ARC Industry Postdoctoral Research Fellow

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Dr Michael Davis has extensive experience as a consultant historian and policy specialist, and has also taught Aboriginal studies at the University of Technology, Sydney. Michael has held research fellowships at the State Library of New South Wales, and at Manning Clark House in Canberra. He has published many papers, and a major work, Writing Heritage: the Depiction of Indigenous Heritage in European-Australian Writings (2007, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, and National Museum of Australia Press, Canberra).

His current research is being carried out under the ARC Linkage Grant ‘Cultures of Coast and Sea: Maritime, Environmental, Cultural and Ethnographic Histories of North-East Australia, 1770-2010', Chief Investigator Professor Iain McCalman.

Research interests

Michael’s research interests include:

  • Histories and interpretations of Australian Indigenous/European encounters
  • Indigenous ecological knowledge and its relationships with other (e.g. scientific) knowledge
  • Comparative and transnational Indigenous histories
  • History and colonial and post-colonial discourses
  • Indigenous ethics and protocols
  • Indigenous knowledge and cultural heritage, including questions of rights and ownership
  • Indigenous ethnographic collections, material culture, and the circulation of cultural objects

Current projects

‘Indigenous Knowledge and Other Knowledge in Aboriginal/European encounters, North-East Australia, 1801 to 1900’. Book in progress.

Awards and honours

  • Member, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • 2008-09 David Scott Mitchell Fellowship, State Library of NSW

Other

Collaborative work with Professor Natalie Stoianoff, Law Faculty, UTS on ongoing Indigenous Knowledge Forum.

Organiser (with Dr Cindy McCreery, Dr Martin Gibbs and Dr Annie Clarke) of conference ‘Sea Stories: Maritime Landscapes, Cultures and Histories’ University of Sydney, 12-14 June 2013.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Davis, M. (2007). Writing Heritage: The Depiction of Indigenous Heritage in European-Australian Writings. Kew, Vic: Australian Scholarly Publishing.

Book Chapters

  • Davis, M. (2011). "I live somewhere else but I've never left here": Indigenous Knowledge, History, and Place. In G. Sefa Dei (Eds.), Indigenous Philosophies and Critical Education, (pp. 113-126). New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Davis, M. (2006). Bridging the Gap or Crossing a Bridge? Indigenous Knowledge and the Language of Law and Policy. In W. Reid, F. Berkes, T. Wilbanks & D. Capistrano (Eds.), Bridging Scales and Knowledge Systems: Concepts and Applications in Ecosystem Assessments, (pp. 145-182). Washington DC: Island Press.
  • Davis, M. (2001). Law, Anthropology, and the Recognition of Indigenous Cultural Systems. In R. Kuppe & R. Potz (Eds.), Law and Anthropology: International Yearbook for Legal Anthropology, Volume 11, (pp. 298-320). The Hague: Brill.

Journals

  • Davis, M. (2013). Encountering Aboriginal knowledge: Explorer narratives on north-east Queensland, 1770 to 1820. Aboriginal History, 37, 29-50.
  • Davis, M. (2013). Learning from the past? Some Early Attempts at Protecting Indigenous Intangible Heritage in Australia. Indigenous Policy Journal, 24(3), 1-11.
  • Davis, M. (2013). Review of 'The Paper War: Morality, Print Culture and Power in Colonial New South Wales' by Anna Johnson 2011. Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2, 106-108.
  • Davis, M. (2012). Review of 'Exploring the Legacy of the 1948 Arnhem Land Expedition'. Edited by Martin Thomas and Margo Neale. The Journal of Pacific History, 47(4), 532-534.
  • Davis, M. (2010). Bringing ethics up to date? A review of the AIATSIS ethical guidelines. Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2, 10-21.
  • Davis, M., Holcombe, S. (2010). ‘Whose ethics?’: Codifying and enacting ethics in research settings. Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2, 1-9.
  • Davis, M. (2008). Indigenous Knowledge: Beyond Protection, Towards Dialogue. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 37(Supplement), 25-33.
  • Craig, D., Davis, M. (2006). Ethical Relationships for Biodiversity Research and Benefit-sharing with Indigenous Peoples. Macquarie Journal of International and Comparative Environmental Law, 2(2), 31-74.
  • Davis, M. (1999). Indigenous Rights in Traditional Knowledge and Biological Diversity: Approaches to Protection. Australian Indigenous Law Reporter, 4(4), 1-32.

Edited Journals

  • Holcombe, S., Davis, M. (2010). Special Edition: Contemporary Ethical Issues in Australian Indigenous Research. Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2.

Conferences

  • Davis, M. (1992). Colonial Discourses, Representation and the Construction of Otherness: Case Studies from Papua. 8th Pacific History Association Conference, Guam: University of Guam Press.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Davis, M. (2008). Reflections from a Wandering Scholar: On Libraries, Collecting and Heritage. Manning Clark House Newsletter.

Report

  • Davis, M. (1998). Biological Diversity and Indigenous Knowledge.
  • Davis, M. (1997). Indigenous Peoples and Intellectual Property Rights.
  • Davis, M. (1994). Controlling Destinies.

2013

  • Davis, M. (2013). Encountering Aboriginal knowledge: Explorer narratives on north-east Queensland, 1770 to 1820. Aboriginal History, 37, 29-50.
  • Davis, M. (2013). Learning from the past? Some Early Attempts at Protecting Indigenous Intangible Heritage in Australia. Indigenous Policy Journal, 24(3), 1-11.
  • Davis, M. (2013). Review of 'The Paper War: Morality, Print Culture and Power in Colonial New South Wales' by Anna Johnson 2011. Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2, 106-108.

2012

  • Davis, M. (2012). Review of 'Exploring the Legacy of the 1948 Arnhem Land Expedition'. Edited by Martin Thomas and Margo Neale. The Journal of Pacific History, 47(4), 532-534.

2011

  • Davis, M. (2011). "I live somewhere else but I've never left here": Indigenous Knowledge, History, and Place. In G. Sefa Dei (Eds.), Indigenous Philosophies and Critical Education, (pp. 113-126). New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

2010

  • Davis, M. (2010). Bringing ethics up to date? A review of the AIATSIS ethical guidelines. Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2, 10-21.
  • Holcombe, S., Davis, M. (2010). Special Edition: Contemporary Ethical Issues in Australian Indigenous Research. Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2.
  • Davis, M., Holcombe, S. (2010). ‘Whose ethics?’: Codifying and enacting ethics in research settings. Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2, 1-9.

2008

  • Davis, M. (2008). Indigenous Knowledge: Beyond Protection, Towards Dialogue. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 37(Supplement), 25-33.
  • Davis, M. (2008). Reflections from a Wandering Scholar: On Libraries, Collecting and Heritage. Manning Clark House Newsletter.

2007

  • Davis, M. (2007). Writing Heritage: The Depiction of Indigenous Heritage in European-Australian Writings. Kew, Vic: Australian Scholarly Publishing.

2006

  • Davis, M. (2006). Bridging the Gap or Crossing a Bridge? Indigenous Knowledge and the Language of Law and Policy. In W. Reid, F. Berkes, T. Wilbanks & D. Capistrano (Eds.), Bridging Scales and Knowledge Systems: Concepts and Applications in Ecosystem Assessments, (pp. 145-182). Washington DC: Island Press.
  • Craig, D., Davis, M. (2006). Ethical Relationships for Biodiversity Research and Benefit-sharing with Indigenous Peoples. Macquarie Journal of International and Comparative Environmental Law, 2(2), 31-74.

2001

  • Davis, M. (2001). Law, Anthropology, and the Recognition of Indigenous Cultural Systems. In R. Kuppe & R. Potz (Eds.), Law and Anthropology: International Yearbook for Legal Anthropology, Volume 11, (pp. 298-320). The Hague: Brill.

1999

  • Davis, M. (1999). Indigenous Rights in Traditional Knowledge and Biological Diversity: Approaches to Protection. Australian Indigenous Law Reporter, 4(4), 1-32.

1998

  • Davis, M. (1998). Biological Diversity and Indigenous Knowledge.

1997

  • Davis, M. (1997). Indigenous Peoples and Intellectual Property Rights.

1994

  • Davis, M. (1994). Controlling Destinies.

1992

  • Davis, M. (1992). Colonial Discourses, Representation and the Construction of Otherness: Case Studies from Papua. 8th Pacific History Association Conference, Guam: University of Guam Press.

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