I have worked in the field of Indigenous History for 20 years. After completing my honours, applying Russian Formalist theory to the Murri guerilla poet Lionel Fogarty, I commenced a PhD in 2000. I looked at racism in sport (AFL) using the Krakouer brothers story to do so.
In 2005 my PhD was published with Allen & Unwin as Brotherboys. In 2009 the book was adapted into a play and had a national tour commencing in 2011. In August of 2011 Legends the AFL Indigenous team of the Century was published and launched by Michael Long and Professor Mick Dodson. I am currently the Lead CI on an ARC Linkage to review the AFL’s Vilification Laws.
I have worked at the following institutions: Murdoch University (1996-2004), Kurongkurl Katitjin (2004-2006), University of Melbourne (2007-2009), Curtin University CAS 2009 to present.
Jimmy Krakouer was released from jail in August 2004, having served nine years of a sixteen year sentence for trafficking amphetamines in Western Australia’s biggest ever drug bust. Twenty years earlier, Jim and his brother Phil enjoyed fans, fame and fortune in the heady days of the burgeoning AFL competition. So what went wrong?
Indigenous Australians have given us some of our greatest football champions. With names like Farmer, Winmar, Long, Rioli and Goodes, the stories of Indigenous footballers are some of the most compelling in the great game of AFL. The journey for some has been one of great struggle and difficulty. For them, football was the only way out.
The book describes an investigation into what footballers know and believe about the AFL’s vilification policy, racism, homophobia, and a form of social network analysis that seeks to understand the weighting of different cultural influences on these footballers. The study itself is fascinating. The results even more so.
‘The State is divided. It’s not life or death, it’s more important.’
So says a poster on Dennis Cometti’s wall – and that’s what David Whish-Wilson and Sean Gorman found when they interviewed 40 fans of the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers, including David Wirrpanda, Shaun McManus, Dennis Lillee, Alison Fan, Gillian O’Shaughnessy, Julie Bishop, Melissa Parke, Jesse Dart, Ross McLean and more
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“I have had the privileged of presenting my work to a range of groups over the years most notably this has been at the Australian Football League’s Players Association Indigenous All-Star camps. From these presentations I have been invited to come and speak with clubs and the playing groups about Aboriginal History as it pertains to Australian Football. I have had the honor to present at Fremantle, West Coast, Collingwood, Essendon, Geelong, Hawthorn, Melbourne, North Melbourne, Port Adelaide and Richmond. I am available to talk to schools or other groups about Indigenous history using the filter of football to tell those stories. Please contact me to arrange a booking