Shino Konishi

Shino Konishi joined the Centre for the History of Emotions in 2017 as a Chief Investigator. As a descendant of the Yawuru people of Broome, Western Australia, she has long been interested in Aboriginal history. Her research has focused in particular on the early interactions between Indigenous people and European explorers, and the way in which early European observations and representations of Indigenous Australian people, bodies and cultural practices continue to shape broader understandings of Aboriginal politics and society.

Her project ‘Indigenous Australians and Emotional Pasts’ will explore both how we can recover the emotional life worlds of Indigenous people before, and in the immediate aftermath of colonial contact, and the way in which Indigenous scholars, writers, filmmakers and artists invoke emotions in their engagement with the past.



Indigenous Australians and Emotional Pasts

Selected Publications

Konishi, S. ‘First Nations Scholars, Settler Colonial Studies, and Indigenous History’. Australian Historical Studies 50.3 (2019): 285–304.

Konishi, S. The Aboriginal Male in the Enlightenment World. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2012. 254pp – short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Prize for Australian History, 2013.

Cook, A., N. Curthoys and S. Konishi (eds). Representing Humanity in the Age of Enlightenment. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2013. 256pp.

Konishi, S. ‘Making connections and attachments: challenging biographies of nineteenth-century indigenous individuals’. ‘Conversations in Indigenous Biography’, special edition, Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 39.3 (2016): 410‒28.

Konishi, S. ‘Early encounters in Aboriginal place: the role of emotions in French readings of Indigenous sites’. Australian Aboriginal Studies 2 (2015): 12‒23.

Konishi, S. ‘François Péron’s Meditation on Death, Humanity, and Savage Society’. In Representing Humanity in the Age of Enlightenment, edited byA. Cook, N. Curthoys and S. Konishi, pp. 109‒21. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2013.

Konishi, S. ‘Discovering the Savage Senses: French and British explorers’ encounters with Aboriginal people’. In Discovery and Empire, edited by J. West-Sooby, pp. 99‒140. University of Adelaide Press, 2013.

Konishi, S., L. Lui-Chivizhe and L. Slater, ‘Indigenous Bodies’. In Shino Konishi, Leah Lui-Chivizhe and Lisa Slater (eds), Indigenous Bodies, special edition of Borderlands E-journal 7.2 (2008).

Konishi, S. ‘“Wanton with plenty”: Questioning ethno-historical constructions of sexual savagery in Aboriginal societies’. Australian Historical Studies 39. 3 (2008): 356‒72.

Konishi, S. ‘“Inhabited by a race of formidable giants”: French explorers, Aborigines, and the endurance of the fantastic in the Great South Land, 1803’. Australian Humanities Review 44 (2008): 7‒22.

Konishi, S. ‘François Péron and the Tasmanians: an unrequited romance’. In Transgressions: critical Australian Indigenous histories, edited by Mark Hannah and Ingereth Macfarlane, pp. 1‒18. Aboriginal History monograph 16, ANU e-Press, 2007.

Selected Presentations

Public Lecture: ‘Through French Eyes: Aboriginal People and Cultures in Western Australia, 1801–1818’, Western Australian Museum, 25 November 2018.

Public Gallery Talk: ‘Travellers in the Land’, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA, 27 July 2018.

Conference Paper: ‘Emotional Exchanges: Gift-Giving in Cross-Cultural Encounters’, Third International Conference of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions ‘The Future of Emotions/Conversations Without Borders’, The University of Western Australia, 14–15 June 2018. Listen to the podcast of this paper below:

Gallery Floor Talk: ‘Encounters with Emotions’, John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, WA, 4 April 2018.

Symposium Presentation: ‘Reconstructing Aboriginal Emotional Worlds’, ‘Feeling the Past: Indigenous Emotions and History’ symposium, UWA, 9–10 November 2017.

Keynote Presentation. ‘“After the Referendum, … the emotional things changed”: Indigenous memories of the 1967 Referendum’, History Council of Western Australia Annual Lecture, State Library of Western Australia, 21 September 2017.

Symposium Presentation: ‘Encounters and Emotions: Early European Explorers to Noongar Country’, ‘Fanny Balbuk Yooreel: Life, Legacy and Emotions’ symposium, City of Perth Library, 17 May 2017.

Keynote Presentation. ‘“After the Referendum, … the emotional things changed”: Indigenous Memories of the 1967 Referendum’, 2017 History Council of Western Australia Lecture, State Library of Western Australia, 21 September 2017.