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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 54+ research outputs authored by Prof Ton Otto from 2005 onwards.

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Australian Research Council - Discovery - Projects

Objects of Possession: Artefact Transactions in the Wet Tropics of North Queensland, 1870 -2013

Indicative Funding
$350,000 over 3 years
This project will provide the first systematic history of ethnographic collecting in the Wet Tropics of North Queensland. Covering the period from the 1870s to the present, it will explore the diverse ways in which Aboriginal peoples, collectors and museums have expressed their interests and property rights in the collected artefacts. It will also analyse the ways in which Aboriginal peoples of the Wet Tropics have vested these artefacts with their regional and other identities. By doing so, it will shed new light on current debates about the ownership and value of Indigenous artefacts and contribute to the development of innovative ways of presenting Indigenous peoples? connections with their material cultural heritage.
Rosita Henry, Russell McGregor, Michael Wood, Shelley Greer and Ton Otto (College of Arts, Society & Education and Division of Tropical Environments & Societies)
Cultural Anthropology; Aboriginal History; Property claims; Identity; artefact transactions; indigenous museums; artefact collectors

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • No Race, No Competition: considering the Possibility of Post-race Theory in Australia: a Study with Migrant Teachers (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Sounding the Reef: Comparative Acoustemologies of Underwater Noise Pollution (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Kuku Yalanji Artefacts and Traditional Knowledge in the Past and the Present (PhD , Associate Advisor)
  • The Infinite Conquest: A Critical Study of Agency and Tradition in a Huave Community Mexico. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Image-ining Modernity: A Comparative Collaborative Ethnography of Future-Making Through Experimental Video Arts in Australia and Benin. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • “Tobi (or Not) Tobi” Climate change, cultural heritage and community agency:an ethnographic case-study of Tobi Island in the Republic of Palau;; (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Digital Networks and the Trans-Image: A Multi-Sited, Multi-Mediated Ethnography of Assemblage and Activism (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Movement of Things - The Lives and Relationships of Eighteenth Century Polynesian Artifacts from HMS Pandora (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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