Shino Konishi

Dr, BA(Hons.) PhD USyd.

  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


Personal profile


I joined both the Discipline of History in the School of Humanities and the School of Indigenous Studies in January 2014.

My research interests largely concern histories of cross-cultural encounters in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Australia, the history of European, particularly French, exploration in Australia and the Pacific, European and colonial representations of Aboriginal people and gender relations, Indigenous biography and emotions.

I am of Aboriginal descent and identify with the Yawuru people of Broome, Western Australia.

Funding overview

'An Indigenous Australian Dictionary of Biography', ARC Indigenous Discovery, CIs: Shino Konishi, Malcolm Allbrook and Tom Griffiths, 2017-2021.

‘Revolutionary Voyaging? Science, Politics and Discovery During the French Revolution (1789-1804)’, ARC Discovery, CIs: John West-Sooby, Jean Fornasiero, Alexander Cook, Shino Konishi, PIs: Carol Harrison, Jean-Luc Chappey, Cédric Crémière, 2014-2016.

‘Exploring the Middle Ground: New Histories of Cross-Cultural Encounters in Australian Maritime and Land Exploration’, ARC Discovery, CIs: Shino Konishi, Maria Nugent, and Tiffany Shellam, 2011-2013.

‘Through Travellers’ Eyes: Foreign Observations of Aboriginal People and British Colonisation, 1800-1850’, ARC Discovery Indigenous Research Development, CI: Shino Konishi, 2010-2012.

‘Deepening Histories of Place: Exploring indigenous landscapes of national and international significance’, ARC Linkage, CIs: Ann McGrath, Shino Konishi, Peter Read, Luke Taylor, 2010-2012.

‘Through Travellers’ Eyes: Foreign Observations of Aboriginal People and British Colonisation, 1800-1850’, AIATSIS Research Grant, CI: Shino Konishi, 2009.

‘Laying the Tracks: Torres Strait Islander Labour in Northern Australia’, AIATSIS Research Grant, CIs: Leah Lui-Chivizhe and Shino Konishi, 2006.

Indigenous History Fellowship, New South Wales Ministry for the Arts, 1999-2001.

Previous positions

  • 2008-2014: Fellow, Australian Centre for Indigenous History and School of History at the Australian National Uiversity
  • 2008: Research Fellow, Centre for Historical Research at the National Museum of Australia
  • 2003-2008: Lecturer, Koori Centre, University of Sydney
  • 2002-2003: Associate Lecturer, Aboriginal Research and Resource Centre, University of New South Wales

Teaching overview

  • HIST3001: Making History
  • HIST2003: Crises and Controversies in Australian History
  • HIST3014: Intimate Strangers: Journeys in Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian History
  • HIST4103: Topics in Australian History, 2015
  • INDG2600: Indigenous Representation, 2015-2016
  • INDG3500: Indigenous Images, Representations, and Appropriations, 2014

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

History, PhD, Bodies in Contact: European Representations of Aboriginal Men, 1770-1803, University of Sydney

… → 2007

Bachelor of Arts (Hons, University Medal), University of Sydney

… → 1999

Research expertise keywords

  • Western Australian history
  • Aboriginal history
  • Comparative Indigenous histories
  • History of colonialism and decolonisation
  • Australian history
  • Indigenous biography and life-writing
  • Indigenous labour history
  • Exploration history
  • History of travel
  • Imperial and colonial collecting
  • Gender history


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