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Research is undertaken by staff and graduate students across a wide range of disciplines in collaboration with Indigenous people in all parts of Australia. Much of the research is applied, ranging from land and native title claims, policy and medical research, to cultural heritage protection. The research in the College of Arts and Social Sciences has been focused around four major themes:

  • Indigenous cultural and social life, including on: languages; song cycles; ceremonies; land and sea tenure systems; medical, legal, kinship and artistic systems; involvement with Christianity; contemporary community organization and relations with the state;

  • sustainable community development, involving research into the basis for indigenous Australians' survival and prosperity, including issues of land management, relationships with three levels of government, economic viability, public health and epidemiology, and criminology;

  • environment, involving research into past and present patterns of land and sea use, emphasizing indigenous understandings of nature - both traditional and modern;

  • history and indigenous and Australian identities, involving research into the prehistory of the continent, history of Australia's colonization, and indigenous responses and initiatives, including stories of colonization and survival, told in print, song, speech and the visual and musical arts.

Further information on the research strengths available across ANU can be found at the following sites:

School of Art
Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)
Fenner School of Environment and Society
Jabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre
National Centre for Indigenous Studies (NCIS)
Research School of Humanities
Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies
School of Archaeology & Anthropology
School of Language Studies


School of Music

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