Dr Sandy O’Sullivan

ARC Indigenous Research Fellow

 
 

A proud member of the Wiradjuri (Aboriginal) Nation, I live in Brisbane and work in the Research Division of Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, located in the Northern Territory of Australia. 


Work

My work focuses on alternative dissemination processes for Indigenous Australian research students and career researchers and the digital museum space.  I’m interested in the ways that we might use new media and digital forms to create research outcomes that are both rigorous, culturally appropriate and meaningful for our cultural communities and our communities of practice.  I am an ALTC Teaching Fellow and current Australian Research Council (ARC) Indigenous Research Fellow.


For the latter part of 2011, I will be travelling to Great Britain to continue the work of the Reversing the Gaze museums research project.


For further information, download the Museums Research Project PDF HERE.


Institution

Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education is a national higher education institution located in the Northern Territory of Australia.  Our focus is on Both-ways learning and research processes.  The Institute has around 3000 students, all of them Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples, coming from all over Australia. At the post-graduate (PhD and Masters) level we focus on Indigenous Knowledge/s.


Current Research Projects

New media forms in the dissemination of Indigenous researcher and Indigenous research student practice (ALTC)


Reversing the gaze: Indigenous perspectives on museums, cultural representation and the equivocal digital remnant  (Australian Research Council)


PhD and Masters Supervision

Indigenous Art

Indigenous Knowledge(s)

Museum Studies and Cultural Practice

Indigenous Pedagogies and Epistemologies


(select) Publications, Exhibitions, Performances

Publications

(2010 Forthcoming). How to [not] define Aboriginal lesbian identity. In  P.

Dudgeon, J. Herbert, J. Milroy & D. Oxenham (Eds.), Australian Indigenous Women’s Intellectual Traditions and Gendered Writing.


(2009). Intermedia: culturally appropriate dissemination tools for Indigenous postgraduate research training. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues (Monash). 12(1-4),155-161.


(2008) Multimedia/Intermedia Strategies as an Indigenous dissemination tool for practice-based research. Ngoonjook: a Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues.32, 51-55.  (http://www.sandyosullivan.com/N30_SOS.pdf)


(2007) Human Remains: anthropodermic bibliopegy and the appeal of the extreme in the appropriation of Indigeneity. Ngoonjook: a Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues. 30, 80-85. (http://www.sandyosullivan.com/n32_sos.pdf)


  1. (2004)Revealing Male Bodies. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. 9:2, 114.


Presentations

(2009)  AIATSIS Conference 2009:Perspectives on urban life: connections and reconnections  (AIATSIS, Canberra). Paper: Reversing the gaze: Indigenous perspectives on museums, cultural representation and the equivocal digital remnant


  1. (2009)Teaching From Country International Seminar (CDU, Darwin).

Paper: ALTC Fellowship - Multimedia/Intermedia Strategies as an Indigenous dissemination tool for practice- based research


(2008) World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) ALTC Fellowship - Multimedia/Intermedia Strategies as an Indigenous dissemination tool for practice- based research (Melbourne)


(2007) 9th National Indigenous Researchers Forum – Keynote Address – Paper: Multimedia/Intermedia Strategies as an Indigenous dissemination tool for practice- based research (Alice Springs)


(2007) Charles Darwin University Internetworking Communities Lecture Series.

Paper: Digital Stories and other multimedia strategies for Indigenous knowledge work 


(2005) Whiteness and the Horizons of Race (Uni of QLD) Paper: The multiplicity of identity: questions around Australian cultural and ethnic identity/ies (with Marie-Claire O’Sullivan)


(2004) National Indigenous Researchers Forum (Newcastle)

Paper: Multimedia as a Culturally Appropriate Tool for Indigenous Researchers


(2003) National Indigenous Researchers Forum (AIATSIS, Canberra)

Paper: Boundary Riders: Intersections of gender and Indigeneity



Exhibitions/Cds

(2006) The Multifarious Identity: intersections of gender, sexuality and Indigeneity [multimedia sound/video/object installation]. Watt Space, Newcastle.


(2006) Good and Fair: Lift Up Thy Prayer for the Remnant That is Left

[multimedia video/sound work] PINK II EXHIBITION, Maitland Regional Gallery, NSW.


(2004) Indigenous Reflections: Researching [CD: performer, writer]. Pub: Umulliko Indigenous Higher Education Research Centre, Newcastle.


(2004) Listening to Indigenous Voices on the Coast [writer]. Performed by ImaginedARTS, University of Newcastle. Australia Council for the Arts funded. 


(1998) Australian Love Stories [multimedia]. Project Contemporary Artspace, Wollongong.


(1996) Resonant Voices: Gravity [CD]. Pub: Wollongong City Gallery.

Funded by National Association for the Visual Arts


(1995) The Clean Room: The Visible Heart [installation & soundtext] Wollongong Regional Gallery.


For a full list of publications, exhibitions, presentations etc, please email me.

Researcher Info

Working @

Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education


Position

2008/9 ALTC Teaching Fellow

ARC Indigenous Research Fellow (2010-12)


Country

Wiradjuri Nation, Australia


Research fields  

Art, Indigenous Knowledge/s and Aboriginal cultural materials, identity and self-representation, museum studies, gender and sexuality studies.


Research influences

Dr Marie-Claire O’Sullivan

Uncle Stan Grant

Dr Peter Stephenson

Dr Anita Heiss

Professor Jeannie Herbert

Robynne Quiggin

Joe Fraser

Dr Kerri-Ann Kealohapau’ole Hewett-Fraser

Annie Vanderwyk

Professor Anne Graham

Dr Shawn Wilson

Professor Michael Christie

Terri Janke

Dr Christine Asmar

Jeanie Bell

Professor Larissa Behrendt

Kathy Suter, NMAI

Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson

Assoc Prof. Lyn Fasoli

Michelle Evans

Vicki Grieves

Dr Brooke Collins-Gearing

Dr Maggie Walter

Sam Cook

David Hardy

Assoc Prof. Pat Dudgeon

Shannon Quist, NMAI

Jenny Fraser

Dr Cressida Fforde

Ali Smith


Contact Details

Research Division

Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

Australia: (07) 3040-0666

Mob: 0431 957 955

USA: (678) 573-1625

Email: sandy.osullivan@batchelor.edu.au