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. Her research and teaching explores: histories of advocacy by Indigenous people for human rights; Indigenous understandings of rights; and the significance of Indigenous storytelling for rights discourses.  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. 2021, Homecoming, Magabala Books, Broome. 

Shiosaki, E. 2020, ‘“I am anxious to have my children home”: recovering letters of love written for Noongar children’, The Conversation, Friday Essay, 14 February. 

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

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

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.