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Dr Jared Thomas – An International award-winning author

Dr Jared Thomas recently received the prestigious Tirkapena Alumni Award at the University of Adelaide‘s Distinguished Alumni Awards. Dr Thomas has held many important positions, including William and Margaret Geary Research Fellow, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Material Culture and Art at the SA Museum and University of South Australia.

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Dr Jared Thomas – An International award-winning author

Dr Jared Thomas recently received the prestigious Tirkapena Alumni Award at the University of Adelaide‘s Distinguished Alumni Awards. Dr Thomas has held many important positions, including William and Margaret Geary Research Fellow, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Material Culture and Art at the SA Museum and University of South Australia.

Dr Jared Thomas – An International award-winning author

Dr Jared Thomas recently received the prestigious Tirkapena Alumni Award at the University of Adelaide‘s Distinguished Alumni Awards. Dr Thomas has held many important positions, including William and Margaret Geary Research Fellow, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Material Culture and Art at the SA Museum and University of South Australia.

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Dr Thomas’ work is focused on the politics of representation of Indigenous people in literature, film and media and the relationship between representation, policy and public conversation. His passion, commitment and significant contributions have positively impacted outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

A dominant aspect of his teaching is communicating to future practitioners the importance of Aboriginal protocols and ethics relating to film, literature, arts, media production and community engagement.

Dr Jared Thomas’ knowledge in this field is enhanced through his work as a curator, arts administrator, writer and contributor to film and television projects. His is experience is acknowledged through engagement by the Australia Council for the Arts Strategic Initiatives Panel and the South Australian Country Arts Aboriginal Advisory Committee.

An international award winning author, his works of theatre and fiction explore issues relating to Aboriginal marginalisation and resistance, the environment, gender and sexuality.

Dr Thomas’ works are published in Australia and America but also read in other countries including Indonesia, India, Canada, New Zealand, and America. He is a proud Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Born in Port Augusta South Australia, Dr Jared Thomas is a Nukunu person of the Southern Flinders Ranges and member of the Nukunu Wapma Thura Aboriginal Corporation. Dr Thomas is also a sought after speaker.

I am really honoured that that last week I received a University of Adelaide Distinguished Alumni Award, the Tirkapena Indigenous Award. I also hope that through my new role with the South Australian Museum and the University of South Australia, I receive the support to make essential changes to the way that Aboriginal people and communities are represented through the museum.

Dr Jared Thomas, a Nukunu man from the Southern Flinders Ranges – Recipient of the Tirkapena Indigenous Award 2021

Name
Jared Thomas
Business Name
University of South Australia
Phone Number
Website

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