Jennifer Caruso

Dr Jennifer Caruso

Lecturer

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts


I am an Eastern Arrente woman and a survivor of the Stolen Generations. My research area is multi-disciplinary with a foundation in the Discipline of History. My focus specifically in Australian Aboriginal History which covers 20C Australia, and expands into investigation of public and social policy which informed the removal of Aboriginal children during the assimilation era. I am currently examining the viability of theories such as epigenetics and its application to social theory and practice around development and delivery of healing services to Aboriginal people by both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal practitioners. I am also interested in investigating the ways in which other disciplines - particularly Anthropology - has and continues to impact on social narratives around Aboriginal Australia in order to inform those disciplines around the possible negative impacts of social research.

I am driven by the need for social justice for all, but in particular utilising History to inform both academic and non-academic spaces about the ethics when writing and researching on Aboriginal peoples to ensure that it is informed.

My current projects include:
 

  • Family, Memory and Identity amongst the Stolen Generations

The aim of this project is to collect and disseminate the stories of members of the Stolen Generations in the Murraylands, as part of the process of reparation.
 

My research is driven by the need for social justice for all, but in particular utilising History to inform both academic and non-academic spaces about the ethics when writing and researching on Aboriginal peoples to ensure that it is informed. While grounded in the discipline of history, due to the characteristics of intersectionality which are anchored in every single aspect of the lives of Aboriginal people, my work is broadening into other discipline areas.

The principles which underlie my teaching are that all Australians should have access to information and the sharing of knowledge on Aboriginal history in this nation. My practice is to share that knowledge in a culturally safe environment where students are able to engage with the topics without fear of being seen as "asking the wrong thing" or being "politically incorrect” in order to ensure a positive learning experience for students.

My work is expanding into working with staff on the ways in which colonisation continues to inform academic approaches to writing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and in particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are often not only 'first in family' to study at the higher education level, but who are also impacted by the levels of socio-economic and political disadvantage faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. My efforts are directed towards ensuring a culturally and intellectually safe learning and teaching space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, which will also inform pedagogical approaches to content to ensure that students can complete their studies.

Jenni's research interests focus on the Stolen Generations and the ways in which policies around the removal of half-caste children were informed and scaffolded by the notions of the power of 'being white' and the deficits of 'being Aboriginal'. A growing focus is to exand the body of work around the Jenni is also engaging in cross-disciplinary conversations around the ingrained eugenicist underpinnings of those policies, expanding her research into the interwar transferrence of eugenicist ideologies from Europe to Australian policies of half-caste child removal.

While grounded in the discipline of history, due to the characteristics of intersectionality which are anchored in every single aspect of the lives of Aboriginal people, Jenni's work is broadening into other discipline areas.

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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Member South Australian Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation South Australian Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Gender Equity University of Adelaide Australia
  • Event Participation

    Date Event Name Event Type Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Adelaide Festival of Ideas Plenary or general session Adelaide Festival of Ideas Australia
  • Presentation

    Date Topic Presented at Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing SA Reconciliation AGM SA Reconciliation AGM Reconciliation SA Australia
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83138344
  • Email: jenni.caruso@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4341
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 5
  • Room: 5 03
  • Org Unit: History

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