Julie’s research focuses on the field of Aboriginal history and her PhD thesis, “‘Dealing with a Nation’: Conceptualising Aboriginal Sovereignty, 1950-1990”, examined the ways in which indigenous people explore a range of options for engaging with the Australian state.
Current research project
Current research is focused on the National Aboriginal Conference’s campaign for a treaty and the subsequent development of ideas of sovereignty in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Julie is also interested in Holocaust History, and is currently undertaking a study of significant objects at the Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre, Melbourne, which is funded by Heritage Victoria. In 2006, Julie was also engaged as a historical consultant to complete a National Library of Australia — Community Heritage Grants project that examined textiles in the Jewish Holocaust Centre collection.