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Elfie Shiosaki

Dr Elfie Shiosaki is a Lecturer in Indigenous Rights, Policy and Governance at the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia (UWA). She was an Honorary Associate Investigator (AI, 2016/17) with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. She held a position as an Indigenous Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights Education (CHRE) at Curtin University from 2015 to 2018. She is currently a Chief Investigator of an Australian Research Council Discovery Project which identifies the hundreds of letters written by Noongar people in the archive in Western Australia over 100 years between 1860 and 1960.

Dr Shiosaki completed a PhD (Political Science and International Relations) on nation-building in post-conflict societies in 2015.

Academic Blog


Reclaiming the Voices of Our Ancestors: A Study of Early Discursive Activism by Noongar People (1900‒1930s)

Ancestors' words: Noongar writing in WA government archives (1860–1960s)
Shiosaki, Elfie (Chief Investigator), Haebich, Anna (Chief Investigator), Shellam, Tiffany (Chief Investigator), Kraly, Ellen (Chief Investigator)

Selected Publications

Shiosaki, E. 2018, ‘Hand on Heart: Humanity and human rights in Noongar letter writing’. Overland 233, np.

Shiosaki, E. 2018, '“They were afraid to speak”: Testimonies of Aboriginal women at the 1934 Moseley Royal Commission'. Coolabah 24: 159–67.

Shiosaki, E. 2017, 'Captives of archives?: Review of Skin Deep: Settler impressions of Aboriginal women'. Studies in Western Australian History 32: 176–78.

Shiosaki, E. 2016, ‘Writing from the Heart’. Westerly 61.1: 83‒91.