Fran EdmondsResearch Affiliate

Fran Edmonds is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Research Unit in Public Cultures at the University of Melbourne (http://public-cultures.unimelb.edu.au/). Her fellowship is funded by the Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society at the University of Melbourne. Fran is an interdisciplinary researcher, whose current work focuses on the use of digital technology by young Aboriginal people in southeast Australia. In 2012, she completed a study on the use of mobile phones and social networking by Aboriginal youth in Victoria, resulting in the publication ‘Keeping in Touchable’. In 2013, Fran is working on a digital storytelling project with the Aboriginal community. This involves exploring the creative capacity of digital technology to support contemporary Aboriginal culture, especially its capacity to assist in reconnecting and engaging Aboriginal young people with their community’s cultural practices. Fran received her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2008, which focused on working with Aboriginal artists and curators to research the practice and knowledge of southeast Australian Aboriginal art since colonisation in 1834. Prior to her PhD, Fran worked as a consultant historian/anthropologist on a number of native title claims throughout the country, as well as teaching in remote Central Australian Aboriginal communities.

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