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Critical Indigenous Studies

Authors from the Department of Critical Indigenous Studies, MQ

Professor Bronwyn Carlson is an Aboriginal woman who was born on and lives on D'harawal Country in NSW Australia. Her research interests include Indigenous engagements on digital platforms; Indigenous identities and Indigenous Futurisms. 

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Sandy is a Wiradjuri transgender/non-binary person. Since 1991 they have taught and researched across gender and sexuality, museums, the body, performance, design and First Nations’ identity. Sandy was the inaugural director of the Centre for Collaborative First Nations’ Research at Batchelor Institute in the Northern Territory and was recently Deputy Head of School of Creative Industries at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

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Rose Barrowcliffe is Butchulla and a post-doctoral research fellow at Macquarie University. Rose’s research examines the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in archives and her postdoc specifically focusses on embedding Indigenous perspectives in metadata to support discoverability and access of records for Indigenous peoples.

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Andrew is a Wodi Wodi descendant from Jerrinja Aboriginal community on the South Coast of NSW. Their research is multidisciplinary with a focus on Aboriginal LGBTIQ+ gender and sexualities, media and online studies, and drag.

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Associate Professor Tristan Kennedy is an Indigenous researcher interested in the emerging configurations of digital global citizenship and Indigenous peoples’ futures in academia. He has conducted research into Indigenous peoples’ experiences of harmful content on social media and how Indigenous bands and music fans use digital technology to establish digital communities of resistance. 

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Zac Roberts is an Walbunja Yuin scholar from the South Coast of New South Wales. His research interests centre on Indigenous histories, with a particular interest in interrogating the unspoken space of Indigenous narratives within the broader national history of Australia. Zac is currently an Associate Lecturer and PhD candidate in the Department of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University.

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Department of Critical Indigenous Studies, MQ

Sources that privilege Indigenous research

Databases are:

  • collections of information, and can include journal and newspaper articles, as well as audio visual, books, reports and conference proceedings
  • often specialised in a specific topic or discipline
  • sometimes cross disciplinary.

Strategies to identify Indigenous authors

Firstly, check the article or book for a positionality statement or self-identifying statements from the author. Avoid assuming a person's affiliation if not stated clearly.

It can be difficult to identify whether an author is Indigenous, and it may be useful to look beyond academic publishing. We recommend that you try a combination of these strategies that follow.

Many researchers have a Google Scholar Profile and use it to self-identify. In the search bar put the prefix "author" and a colon before the name. For example "author: Bronwyn Carlson". 

  • Hashtags: search for relevant hashtags like #Changethedate or #Indigenousdads on Twitter, TikTok and Instagram. 
  • Profile Names: look for indications of Indigenous identity in social media handles or display names and check the bio or profile description for information on Indigenous identity or tribal affiliation. 
  • Verify Accounts: follow verified accounts for well-known Indigenous authors. 
  • Publishers: follow publishers, literary organizations, and Indigenous advocacy groups. 
  • Review Content: examine posts for information about the author's work and cultural background. 
  • Engage: participate in conversations related to Indigenous literature. 
  • Visit Author Websites: check author websites for social media links. 
  • Explore Interviews: look for author interviews on websites, podcasts, or blogs. 
  • Use Lists and Directories: explore online directories for Indigenous authors. 
  • Connect with Bookstores: follow Indigenous bookstores for author promotions. 
  • Research Awards: check awards in Indigenous literature for winners and finalists. 
  • Join Communities: participate in online Indigenous communities. 
  • Cultural Symbols: look for cultural symbols in profile pictures or cover photos. 

Remember to approach this process with respect for privacy and cultural sensitivity and verify that your source is actually Indigenous.  

If you know the author's name try looking up their academic profile using the university's or institution's website. At MQ, search

Indigenous researchers often reference other Indigenous researchers' work. Using the reference list of one source you already have to find works by other cited authors. 

Search Google Scholar using the title of a known work, then follow the "Cited By" link to find other works that have cited your original reference.