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Elfie Shiosaki

Dr Elfie Shiosaki is an Honorary Associate Investigator (AI, 2016/17) with the  Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.  From 2018, she is a Lecturer in the School of Indigenous Studies at The University of Western Australia, and was previously an Indigenous Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights Education at Curtin University, Western Australia.

Dr Shiosaki was awarded a PhD (Political Science and International Relations) at The University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2015.

Dr Shiosaki’s current postdoctoral research studies histories of discursive advocacy  for Indigenous human rights by Noongar people in the south west region of Australia. She is a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Discovery Project, Ancestors' Words, which reunites letters written by Noongar people in the archive in Western Australia with the descendants of the letter writers.

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

Selected Publications

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

Selected Presentations

Shiosaki, E. ‘“Ancestor’s Words”: Histories of Emotions in Noongar Letter Writing’, Third International Conference of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions ‘The Future of Emotions/Conversations Without Borders’, The University of Western Australia, 14–15 June 2018.

Shiosaki, E. ‘Calling on the “Three Caesars”: Legacies of Discursive Activism by Noongar Women’, 'Fanny Balbuk Yooreel: Life, Legacy and Emotions' symposium, City of Perth Library and History Centre, 17 May 2017.

Shiosaki, E. ‘“They were afraid to speak”: Testimonies of Aboriginal Women at the 1934 Moseley Royal Commission’, International Australian Studies Association Conference 2016 'Re-imagining Australia: Encounter, Recognition, Responsibility', Curtin University, 7‒9 December 2016.