An Indigenous Australian Dictionary of Biography

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Konishi, Shino. (2019). An Indigenous Australian Dictionary of Biography. In 'True Biographies of Nations?’ The Cultural Journeys of Dictionaries of National Biography pp. 139-158 ANU Press. https://doi.org/10.22459/TBN.2019
AuthorsKonishi, Shino
Abstract

Dictionaries of national biography are a long-established and significant genre of biographical and historical writing, existing in many forms across the globe. This book brings together practitioners from around the English‑speaking world to reflect on national biographical dictionary projects’ recent cultural journeys, and the challenges presented to them by such developments as the transition to a digital environment, a new alertness to the need to represent diversity, and the rise of transnationalism. Exploring their paths forward, the chapters of this book collectively make a powerful argument for the continued value and importance of large‑scale collaborative biographical dictionary research.

An Indigenous Australian Dictionary of Biography (IADB) is a new Australian Research Council–funded research project I am leading with Malcolm Allbrook and Tom Griffiths, which seeks to redress the long-standing underrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB) by doubling the number of Indigenous biographies within the online ADB, and producing a stand-alone published volume of Indigenous short biographies. Yet, rather than just producing 190 new entries, our aim is also to rethink how Indigenous biographies can be conceptualised, being attentive to how and why Indigenous biography is distinctive, and how Indigenous people, who have long been marginalised and excluded from the national imaginary, can now be better accommodated with the ADB, and hence be better incorporated within the national story.

KeywordsArts; Humanities; Biography; Autobiography; History
Page range139-158
Year01 Jan 2019
Book title'True Biographies of Nations?’ The Cultural Journeys of Dictionaries of National Biography
PublisherANU Press
Place of publicationAustralia
ISBN9781760462741
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.22459/TBN.2019
Web address (URL)https://press.anu.edu.au/publications/series/anu-lives-series-biography/true-biographies-nations
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