In a special live recording of the peak-nerd podcast Archive Fever, historians Clare Wright and Yves Rees dig into settler colonial record-keeping with guests Professor John Carty and Dr Jared Thomas from the South Australian Museum. Launching the fourth season of the popular history podcast, the duo ask how the Museum is grappling with its collection of unidentified Indigenous remains, and explore how its historical artefacts can operate as a cultural seedbank to help Aboriginal people remember and reconnect with Indigenous knowledges.
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John Carty is the Head of Humanities at the South Australian Museum, and Professor of Museum and Curatorial Studies at the University of Adelaide. He is a Commissioner on the Australian National Commission for UNESCO.
Dr Yves Rees is an award-winning writer and historian, a Lecturer in History at La Trobe University and co-host of podcast Archive Fever. Their writing has featured in publications including the Sydney Review of Books, The Age, Guardian Australia, Meanjin, Australian Book Review and The Conversation. Yves was the recipient of the 2020 Calibre Essay Prize, awarded for their essay Reading the Mess Backwards, which formed the genesis of their first book, the memoir All About Yves.
Jared Thomas is a Nukunu person of the Southern Flinders Ranges. He is an international award-winning author and has also worked as the Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Material Culture at the South Australian Museum.
Clare Wright is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. Her book, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, won the 2014 Stella Prize. Her most recent book is You Daughters of Freedom, about the Australian suffrage movement. Clare is Professor of History at La Trobe University and co-host of history podcast Archive Fever.