Dr Victoria Grieves

ARC Indigenous Research Fellow

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The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

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.

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.

Current projects

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.

Selected grants

2014

  • Children of War: Australia and the War in the Pacific 1941 - 1944; Grieves V, Hughes K, Elder C; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Indigenous (IN).

2012

  • More than Family History: Race, Gender and the Aboriginal Family in Australian History; Grieves V; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Australian Laureate Fellowships (FL).

2011

  • BSF: Indigenous Knowledges in Latin America and Australia - Locating Epistemologies, Difference and Dissent; Grieves V; DVC Research/Bridging Support Fellowship.

2010

  • More than family history: Aboriginal family formation, Australian history and indigenous knowledges development in Australia; Grieves V; DVC Research/Bridging Support Fellowship.

2008

  • Internecine conflict and violence in NSW Aboriginal communities: an historicised assessment of governance and social control; Macdonald G, Grieves V, Atkinson V; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Australian Laureate Fellowships (FL).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Grieves, V. (2009). Aboriginal Spirituality: Aboriginal Philosophy. The Basis of Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing. Casuarina NT: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health.

Book Chapters

  • Grieves, V. (2011). The McClymonts of Nabiac: Interracial Marriage, Inheritance and Dispossession in Nineteenth Century New South Wales Colonial Society. In Alison Holland and Barbara Brookes (Eds.), Rethinking the Racial Moment: Essays on the Colonial Encounter, (pp. 125-156). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Journals

  • Grieves, V., Whitton, P. (2013). "All my relos": Aunty June Barker speaks of her family history. Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia (JEASA), 4(1), 117-129.
  • Grieves, V. (2013). "We are survivors": a play by Puralia Jim Everett. Introduction. Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia (JEASA), 4(1), 6-8.
  • Grieves, V. (2013). Introduction. We are Survivors: the persistence of life and hope in Aboriginal marriage, family and kinship practices. Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia (JEASA), 4(1), 1-5.
  • Burke, K., Grieves, V. (2013). My grandfather's family secrets: unravelling layers of race and belonging in an Australian mixed-race family. Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia (JEASA), 4(1), 92-102.
  • Grieves, V. (2008). Aboriginal Spirituality: A Baseline for Indigenous Knowledges Development in Australia. Canadian Journal of Native Studies, 2, 363-398.

2013

  • Grieves, V., Whitton, P. (2013). "All my relos": Aunty June Barker speaks of her family history. Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia (JEASA), 4(1), 117-129.
  • Grieves, V. (2013). "We are survivors": a play by Puralia Jim Everett. Introduction. Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia (JEASA), 4(1), 6-8.
  • Grieves, V. (2013). Introduction. We are Survivors: the persistence of life and hope in Aboriginal marriage, family and kinship practices. Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia (JEASA), 4(1), 1-5.
  • Burke, K., Grieves, V. (2013). My grandfather's family secrets: unravelling layers of race and belonging in an Australian mixed-race family. Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia (JEASA), 4(1), 92-102.

2011

  • Grieves, V. (2011). The McClymonts of Nabiac: Interracial Marriage, Inheritance and Dispossession in Nineteenth Century New South Wales Colonial Society. In Alison Holland and Barbara Brookes (Eds.), Rethinking the Racial Moment: Essays on the Colonial Encounter, (pp. 125-156). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

2009

  • Grieves, V. (2009). Aboriginal Spirituality: Aboriginal Philosophy. The Basis of Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing. Casuarina NT: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health.

2008

  • Grieves, V. (2008). Aboriginal Spirituality: A Baseline for Indigenous Knowledges Development in Australia. Canadian Journal of Native Studies, 2, 363-398.

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