Research opportunities exist in Indigenous histories and experience, Indigenous critical theory and an exploration of concepts of gender and identity formation in Indigenous contexts. Exploring historical sources that are in rich in personal narrative life stories such as biography, testimonial studies and oral histories theoretical and methodological approaches that aim to secure an authentic historical voice. Research that examines manuscripts of legal records from a variety of courts, quarter sessions and assizes and across a variety of geographical and temporal domains.
Dr Karen O’Brien is interested in research that explores fresh historical approaches to researching and writing histories and experiences. She is currently interested in research that explores a field of Indigenous knowledge that intersects with current Indigenous critical theory and one that explores concepts of gender and identity formation in Indigenous contexts. She is willing to supervise research in biography, testimonial studies and oral histories involving a range of theoretical and methodological approaches that aim to secure an authentic historical voice. Her previous research examines manuscripts of legal records from a variety of courts, quarter sessions and assizes and reconstitution studies which employ primary source materials such as diaries, casebooks and papers of those involved in crime and in researching oral culture and social, economic and gender contexts across varying geographical, cultural and temporal domains. Karen’s past research explores women, crime and the courts, manuscript studies, microhistories, mentalities and oral culture of the early modern period, social, economic and gender contexts, examining criminal complaints. Her research involves the reconstitution of communities and mentalities from legal manuscripts, diaries, letters and notebooks of the seventeenth century. The documents are rich in personal narrative and are fascinating sources of life stories. She is also interested in supervising students who are interested in language and power constructs within historical contexts and cultural dissemination and transmission processes in history.
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Indigenous history, colonising and decolonising histories, biography, Indigenous knowledges, Indigenous critical theory, oral history, historical narrative, testimonial studies, Indigenous identity formation, gender studies, cultural studies, micro-histories, mentalities, cultural dissemination processes, early modern, social history, modern British history, European social history, economic, gender, popular medicine, crime and the courts, defamation, cursing, female verbal crime, women, gossip, slander, verbal violence, cultural dissemination, the politics of western knowledge systems, modern Australian history
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