Dr Jared Thomas is a Nukunu person of the Southern Flinders Ranges and the Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Cultural Material at the South Australian Museum. An international award winning author, his titles include The Game Day series with Patty Mills, Dallas Davis, the Scientist and the City Kids for children, and Sweet Guy, Calypso Summer and Songs That Sound Like Blood for young adults. Jareds writing explores the power of belonging and culture.
Jared has worked as a University of South Australia Communications lecturer with a specialisation in protocols for art and creative production that involved Aboriginal people and culture, and Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts and Culture, Arts SA. He currently serves on the Australia Council for the Arts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy Panel. Jared is an Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and South Australian Premiers Reading Challenge.
Jareds pursuits through the South Australian Museum explore new methodologies and models for engaging Aboriginal people and communities in the telling of their stories and the custodianship of their material culture.
Dr Skye Krichauff is an ethno-historian who combines the methodologies of history and anthropology. She is interested in colonial cross-cultural relations, the relationship between history and memory, and how societies live with historical injustices (in particular how Australians live with the enduring legacies of colonialism). She has convened courses on Australian history, colonial history and Aboriginal-settler history at Flinders University, worked as a history researcher for an Aboriginal Community organisation and as an expert ethnohistorian for South Australian Native Title Services.
Skye is currently employed as an ARC Research Fellow on the linkage project 'Reconciling with the Frontier'. She is also the President of the South Australian History Council and co-editor of Studies in Oral History (the journal of the Australian Oral History Association).
Skye was awarded the University of Adelaide's School of Humanities Early Career Researcher Prize for 2020. Her first book Nharangga Wargunni Bugi-Buggillu: A journey through Narungga History (Wakefield Press, 2011) examines cross-cultural relations on nineteenth century Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. Her second book Memory, Place and AboriginalSettler History (Anthem Press, 2017) is a place centred ethnography which investigates the absence of Aboriginal people in settler descendants historical consciousness. Her article 'Recognising Country: tracing stories of wounded spaces in mid-northern South Australia' won the Australian Historical Association's inaugural Ann Curthoy's prize and was published in History Australia in 2020.
Knowing the Past: In conversation
Join us as we open South Australia's History Festival for 2021, with a special in-conversation event with Dr Jared Thomas and Dr Skye Krichauff as they examine the complexities of Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal understandings of past experiences and how different ways of knowing shape the practice of history.
Bookings essential. 5.15pm for a 5.30pm start.