Alfred Deakin Institute
The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) is a leading humanities and social sciences research institute based at Deakin University, Australia. Our researchers aim to understand the complex meanings of citizenship, social inclusion and globalisation, and investigate the imp


Haunting Biology: Race, science and Indigeneity in Australia

This Future Fellowship will investigate how biological knowledge about Australia’s First Nation’s peoples was produced across the 20th Century.  

The project has implications for the role of biology in Aboriginal studies and investigates what has happened to the biological samples – blood, bone and hair - on which that knowledge was created.

This project will look at the biological specimens, blood, bone and hair that were collected by scientists in the early 20th century and how they were used to create knowledge about Aboriginal people. It will also look at what has happened to those samples over time as many of them still persist today.

Lead Investigator

Professor Emma Kowal

Project Funding

This is an Australian Research Council funded Future Fellowship.