Session 1: Keynote Address
Miriam Estensen, author
Miriam Estensen was born in the United States and raised overseas in Europe. In 1972 Miriam travelled to Australia with her family and it was on a trip through Torres Strait that her interest on early European navigators began. Miriam Estensen is the country's leading historian of Australian maritime discovery. Her books, Discovery, The Life of Matthew Flinders, The Life of George Bass, and Terra Australis Incognita have all been published to critical acclaim.
Session 2: Encounters and Incarceration
Dr Gillian Dooley, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Flinders University (on behalf of Anthony Brown)
Dr Gillian Dooley has been Special Collections Librarian at Flinders University since 1999, and is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of English. She is editor of the Flinders Humanities Research Centre's electronic journal Transnational Literature. Her publications include From a Tiny Corner in the House of Fiction: Conversations with Iris Murdoch (2003), V.S. Naipaul, Man and Writer (2006), J.M. Coetzee and the Power of Narrative (2010), and essays on a range of subjects from Matthew Flinders to Doris Lessing in Australian and overseas journals. She was co-editor of Alas, for the Pelicans, the book which arose from the first CRNLE Penneshaw conference in 2001, and she and Anthony J. Brown co-edited Matthew Flinders' Private Journal 1803-1814, published by the Friends of the State Library of SA in 2005. She is a regular book reviewer for Australian Book Review, Adelaide Review and Writers' Radio on Radio Adelaide.
Professor Jean Fornasiero, Head of School of Humanities, The University of Adelaide
Jean Fornasiero is Professor of French Studies at the University of Adelaide. Her work includes the award-winning book, with John West-Sooby and Peter Monteath, Encountering Terra Australis: The Australian Voyages of Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders, 1800-1803. She has published studies on the artwork, the historiography and the scientific results of Baudin’s voyage and completed many published translations associated with this project, including the biography of the expedition’s artist, Charles-Alexandre Lesueur. With John West-Sooby, she has just completed French Designs on Colonial New South Wales, a book length study on a French plan to invade Australia in the early nineteenth century.
Emeritus Professor Margaret Sankey, The University of Sydney
Margaret’s research career in French Studies has been devoted to the study of the history of ideas and mentalités in France, with particular reference to the early modern period and the scientific revolution. She has published extensively in her key areas of interest: Cyrano de Bergerac’s novels and the transmission of his texts; French notions of Terra australis, in particular, research on the writing of Abbé Paulmier (1663-4), to the end of the eighteenth century; the Baudin Expedition to Australia (1800 to 1804). She has edited or co-edited several books, and co-translated into English The Anthropological Structures of the Imaginary by Gilbert Durand.
Session 3: Indigenous Encounters
Djon Mundine OAM, independent Indigenous curator and art historian
Originally from the Northern Rivers of NSW - his father is Bundjalang and his mother Ngaku - Djon Mundine is a leading curator and art historian. His positions have included working as Senior Curator, Gallery of Aboriginal Australia, National Museum of Australia, Canberra, Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and as an Art Adviser for the Ramingining Community of Central Arnhem Land, N.T. for 16 years. Djon is currently Indigenous Curator, Contemporary Art at Campbelltown Arts Centre and recently curated Sunshine State Smart State; More Than My Skin; and They are Meditating. He is renowned as the concept curator for the Aboriginal Memorial installation permanently exhibited at the National Gallery of Australia, and was awarded an OAM in 1993. Djon loves to return to his country and is avid supporter of Northern Rivers artists.
Professor Len Collard, School of Indigenous Studies, The University of Western Australia; Dr David Palmer, Senior Lecturer in Community Development, Murdoch University; and Assistant Professor, Indigenous Australian Studies, University of Western Australia
Len Collard is a Nyungar and Professor in the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia. He has carried out research in areas such as Nyungar language and nomenclature, interpretive history, tourism and youth studies.
Dave Palmer’s family comes from Great Britain and he is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Community Development at Murdoch University. He has a research interest in youth practice, the history of community development and relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.
Clint Bracknell comes from the South-East coast of Western Australia and his Noongar cultural Elders use the term ŒWirlomin¹ to refer to their clan. Clint is an Assistant Professor (Indigenous Studies) and PhD candidate (Music/Indigenous Studies) at the University of Western Australia. A musician, educator and researcher, he was nominated for Best Original Score in the 2012 Helpmann Awards, received the Department of Education WA Barry Hayward Outstanding Aboriginal Educator Award in 2010 and is the current J.S. Battye Research Fellow at the State Library of WA.
Session 4: The Naming of Australia
Lindsay Perry, Secretary, Matthew Flinders Society of Australia
Lindsay is a surveying graduate from RMIT, a Licensed Surveyor in Victoria, a Fellow of SSSI and also holds a Grad Diploma in Environment & Planning. He has had nearly 40 years’ experience in the surveying and mapping industry, working on a variety of infrastructure and land development projects and has operated his own practice for the last thirty years. He has served on a number of industry representation committees and is an advocate of seizing every opportunity for simplifying the planning and subdivision process, to enable easier access to land ownership for younger generations in the community. He is a former President of the Victorian Division of ISA, a former Chair of the Association of Consulting Surveyors Victoria and has held his current committee position since 2005 to help transcend the circumstances inhibiting the SSSI Land Surveying Commission in Victoria.
Dr Jan Tent, Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University
Dr Jan Tent is a senior lecturer in Linguistics at Macquarie University and Director of the Australian National Placenames Survey. During the 1990s he lived and worked in Fiji where he developed an interest in the early Dutch exploration of the Pacific. Upon his return to Australia, this interest expanded to the Dutch exploration of Australia during the 17th and 18th centuries. It was a logical and easy step to combine his interest of Dutch exploration with his expertise in Linguistics and toponymy. Jan has published widely on toponymy and the linguistic legacy of Dutch explorers in the Pacific.