‘Pacific Matildas: finding the women in the history of Pacific archaeology’ is a new ARC-funded research project that will start in 2020 at UWA under the lead of Emilie Dotte-Sarout (currently a postdoc with the CBAP project at the ANU).
The aims are to produce a history of the women who pioneered archaeology in the Pacific from the late 19th to the mid-20th century, for their stories and legacy to become part of broader narratives in the history of science; to identify the mechanisms that led to the relative historical invisibility of women’s role and contributions, while developing an innovative interdisciplinary approach to overcome this bias; and identify the barriers historically faced by these women in practicing archaeology and the successful strategies they developed in response.
I am advertising two PhD projects and potential master/honours research topics to participate in this project, with financial support available, including scholarship (on academic merit), conference attendance and carer support when needed:
- PhD 1 (potential joint project with the Sorbonne): Documenting the work of (women) assistants and students in the making of an ‘archéologie océaniste’: Manouka Laroche’s army of volunteers at the Musée de l’Homme 1939-1970. This project requires serious competencies in French and involves stays/exchange program in France to work especially in the archives of the Musée de l’Homme and Société des Océanistes. Interdisciplinary interests lie in history, French Studies, archaeology and material culture studies, and Pacific and gender studies, to conduct an innovative PhD research project that will focus especially on the hidden contributions of the many volunteers who worked in the Musée de l’Homme during the formative years of the French school of Pacific archaeology (from the end of the 1930s to the 1970s).
- PhD 2: The growing impact of ‘that shadowy band’: a history of women’s engagement in 20th century Australian and New Zealand archaeology. Interdisciplinary interests lie in history, gender studies, archaeology and material culture studies, and Pacific and Australian studies, to conduct an innovative PhD research project that will focus on the dynamics that characterised the increasing engagement of women in New Zealand and Australian archaeology, accompanying the developments in Pacific archaeology between the 1950s and the 1970s – and relations to particularly early advances in legal rights, gendered approaches to archaeological analysis, comparative colonial legacies and relations with Indigenous cultures and peoples.
- Master/Honours projects: Topics would consider the work undertaken in the Pacific by women who pioneered fields of study cognate to archaeology: focusing either on early women anthropologists and their shared interest in string figures (i.e., Willowdean Handy, Honor Maude, Kathleen Haddon, Pearl Beaglehole, Camilla Wedgwood); specialists in material culture studies (such as Ruth Greiner or Beatrice Blackwood) or ‘folklorists’ - many of whom being indigenous scholars (Mary Kawena Pukui, Lahilahi Webb in Hawai’i; or Teuira Henry in Tahiti).
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