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Ambelin Kwaymullina

Ms Ambelin Kwaymullina

Lecturer
UWA Law School

Contact details
Address
UWA Law School
The University of Western Australia (M253)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 3942
Fax
+61 8 6488 1045
Email
ambelin.kwaymullina@uwa.edu.au
Qualifications
LLB W.Aust.
Biography
I am Aboriginal law academic who comes from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. As the Indigenous Advisor at the Law School of the University of Western Australia, I am responsible for mentoring Indigenous law students and for transforming law teaching and research spaces to be respectful and inclusive of Indigenous peoples, cultures and knowledges. I am also an award winning writer and illustrator and a commentator on diversity in Australian children's literature.

Key research
I have a broad range of research interests, reflecting my diverse background and areas of expertise. These interests include public law and all aspects of Indigenous interactions with Western legal actors and institutions, including across the areas of environmental law, Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property, and Indigenous legal systems. I also have expertise in ethical protocols relating to working with Indigenous peoples across the areas of research, Indigenous engagement, and the Arts.
Publications
NON FICTION

Kwaymullina, A. The Creators of the Future: Women, law and telling stories in Country, in Pat Dudgeon et al, Us Women, Our Ways, Our World, Magabala Books, 2017

Kwaymullina, A. Aboriginal nations, the Australian nation-state and Indigenous international legal traditions, in Irene Watson (ed), Indigenous Peoples as Subjects of International Law, Routledge, 2017

Kwaymullina, A, Kwaymullina, B, Butterly, L, Opportunity is there for the taking: legal and cultural principles to re-start discussion on Aboriginal heritage reform in WA, (2017) 91 Australian Law Journal 1

Kwaymullina, A. Recognition, referendums and relationships: Indigenous worldviews, constitutional change, and the ‘spirit’ of 1967 in Simon Young et al (eds), Constitutional Recognition of Australia’s First Peoples: Theories and Comparative Perspectives, Federation Press, 2016

Kwaymullina, A. The Stories We Tell: Law, Narratives and an Aboriginal Perspective on section 70 of the Western Australian Constitution, Studies in West Australian History, issue 30, 2016

Kwaymullina A, Kwaymullina B, Butterly L, Opportunity Lost: Changes to Aboriginal Heritage Law in Western Australia, Indigenous Law Bulleti 8(16) 2015 available online at http://www.ilc.unsw.edu.au/publications/indigenous-law-bulletin-816

Kwaymullina, A and Kwaymullina, B, Indigenous Holistic Logic: Aspects, Consequences and Applications, Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, Volume 17, Number 2, June 2014

Edwards, M., Biloslavo, R., Kwaymullina, B., Kwaymullina, A. 2013, 'Big picture wisdom: Metatheorising ancient, scientific and indigenous wisdom perspectives for global environmental leadership', Journal of Spirituality and Leadership, vol 7, no 1, 2013, pp. 13-32

Kwaymullina, A, Kwaymullina, B and Butterly, L, 2013, Living Texts: A Perspective on Published Sources, Indigenous Research Methodologies and Indigenous Worldviews, International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, Vol 6, No. 1, available online at: http://www.isrn.qut.edu.au/publications/internationaljournal/documents/volume6_number1_13-Kwaymullina.pdf

Kwaymullina, B, Collins-Gearing, B, Kwaymullina, A and Pushman, T 2012, ‘Growing Up the Future: Children’s Stories and Aboriginal Ecology’, M/C Journal, Vol 15, No. 3

Kwaymullina, A, Kwaymullina, B and Morgan, S 2012, Reform and resistance: an indigenous perspective on proposed changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA), Indigenous Law Bulletin, Vol 8, Issue 1

Kwaymullina, B and Kwaymullina, A 2010, ‘Learning to Read the Signs: Law in an Indigenous Reality’, Journal of Australian Studies, Vol 34, Issue 2 pp. 195 – 208

Kwaymullina, A 2008 ‘A Land of Many Countries’, Heartsick for Country: Stories of Love, Spirit and Creation, Fremantle Press

Morgan, S and Kwaymullina, A 2007, ‘Solid Rock, Sacred Ground: Cultural Vandalism in the Pilbara’, Australian Feminist Law Journal, Vol 26

Kwaymullina, A 2007, ‘Living Together in Country: Creation, terra nullius and ‘the trouble with tradition’’, in Young, Simon The Trouble with Tradition: Native Title and Cultural Change, Federation Press

Kwaymullina, A 2007, ‘Country and Healing: An Indigenous Perspective on Therapeutic Jurisprudence’, in Reinhardt, G and Cannon, A, Transforming Legal Processes in Court and Beyond: A Collection of Refereed Papers from the 3rd International Conference on Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Australian Institute of Judicial Administration Incorporated, Melbourne

Morgan, S, Kwaymullina, A and Kwaymullina, B 2006, ‘Bulldozing Stonehenge: Fighting for Cultural Heritage in the Wild Wild West’, in Indigenous Law Bulletin, Vol. 6, Issue 20, pp 6 – 9

Kwaymullina, A 2005, ‘Seeing the Light: Aboriginal Law, Learning and Sustainable Living in Country’, in Indigenous Law Bulletin, Vol. 6, Issue 11, pp 13 – 15 available online at: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/ILB/2005/27.html

Kwaymullina, A and Banyard, R 2000, ‘Tradeable Water Rights Implementation in Western Australia’, Environmental Law and Planning Journal, Vol. 17, No. 4


Selected online commentary

Kwaymullina, A Telling the Real Story: Diversity in Young Adult Literature, The Conversation, 17 August 2015, online at:https://theconversation.com/telling-the-real-story-diversity-in-young-adult-literature-46268

Kwaymullina, A Let the stories in: on power, privilege and being an Indigenous writer, Wheeler Centre, Wheeler Centre, 12 June 2015, online at: http://www.wheelercentre.com/notes/let-the-stories-in-on-power-privilege-and-being-an-indigenous-writer

Kwaymullina, A, We Need Diverse Books Because: An Indigenous Perspective on diversity in young adult and children's literature in Australia, Wheeler Centre, 4 May 2015, available online at: http://www.wheelercentre.com/notes/we-need-diverse-books-because-an-indigenous-perspective-on-diversity-in-young-adult-and-children-s-literature-in-australia

Kwaymullina, A, Reflections on 'Rituals': An Indigenous Perspective on Process as Transformation, Chart Collective, January 2015, available online at: http://www.chartcollective.org/post/2015/2/10/reflecting-on-rituals

Kwaymullina, A, Walking Many Worlds: Aboriginal Storytelling and Writing for the Young, Wheeler Centre, 30 June 2014, available online at: http://www.wheelercentre.com/notes/e221876968a8/



FICTION

Novels

Kwaymullina, A 2015, The Foretelling of Georgie Spider, Walker Books, Australia

Kwaymullina, A 2013, The Disappearance of Ember Crow, Walker Books, Australia.

Kwaymullina, A 2012, The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf, Walker Books, Australia.

Kwaymullina, A 2009, ‘The Butterfly Birthday’, in Westerly, November 2009 pp 116 – 125

Morgan, S, Kwaymullina, A, Kwaymullina, B and Kwaymullina E 2012, Charlie Burr and the Cockroach Disaster, Little Hare Books, Sydney.

Morgan, S, Kwaymullina, A, Kwaymullina, B and Kwaymullina E 2011, Charlie Burr and the Great Shed Invasion, Little Hare Books, Sydney.

Morgan, S, Kwaymullina, A, Kwaymullina, B and Kwaymullina E 2011, Charlie Burr and the Three Stolen Dollars, Little Hare Books, Sydney.

Morgan, S, Kwaymullina, A, Kwaymullina, B and Kwaymullina E 2010, Stopwatch: The Land of Dragonay, Walker Books, Sydney.

Morgan, S, Kwaymullina, A, Kwaymullina, B and Kwaymullina E 2010, Stopwatch: The Land of Leeven, Walker Books, Sydney.

Morgan, S, Kwaymullina, A, Kwaymullina, B and Kwaymullina E 2009, Stopwatch: The Land of Kur, Walker Books, Sydney.

Morgan, S, Kwaymullina, A, Kwaymullina, B and Kwaymullina E 2009, Stopwatch: The Land of Mirthful, Walker Books, Sydney.

Morgan, S, Kwaymullina, A, Kwaymullina, B and Kwaymullina E 2009, Curly Saves Grandma’s House, Random House, Melbourne.

Morgan, S, Kwaymullina, A, Kwaymullina, B and Kwaymullina E 2008, Curly and the Fent, Random House, Melbourne.


Picture Books

Kwaymullina, A (illustrator) and Morgan, S (author), My Mum's Special Secret, Scholastic, 2016

Kwaymullina, A (illustrator) and Morgan, S (author), I Love Me, Fremantle Press, 2016

Kwaymullina, A (illustrator) and Morgan, S (author), Dream Little One Dream, Penguin, 2016

Kwaymullina, A (illustrator) and Morgan, S (author), Joey Counts to Ten, Hardie Grant Egmont, 2016

Kwaymullina, A (author) and Tobin, L (illustrator), November 2013, The Lost Girl, Walker Books, Australia.

Morgan, S (author) and Kwaymullina, A (illustrator), 2012, Bush Bash, Little Hare Books, Sydney.

Kwaymullina, A (author and illustrator) 2010, How Frogmouth Found Her Home, Fremantle Press, Fremantle.

Kwaymullina, A (author and illustrator) 2009, Caterpillar and Butterfly, Fremantle Press, Fremantle.

Kwaymullina, A (author and illustrator) and Kwaymullina, E (author) 2008, The Two-Hearted Numbat, Fremantle Press, Fremantle.

Kwaymullina, A (author and illustrator) 2007, Crow and the Waterhole, Fremantle Press, Fremantle.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
LLB (Hons) University of Western Australia
Memberships
Member, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Affiliate Researcher, National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network

Member, First Nations Australia Writers Network (FNAWN)
Honours and awards
TEACHING

2015: UWA Student Guild Student Choice Teaching Award

2012: Office for Learning and Teaching, Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for excellence in teaching and innovative curriculum development in the area of Indigenous peoples and the law

2011: UWA Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (Early Career) Teaching and Learning Award

LITERATURE

2015
Shortlisted, Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards, for The Lost Girl

Winner, Westchester Fiction Award (for The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf, US edition)

Shortlisted, West Australian Young Readers Book Awards, for The Lost Girl

2013

Shortlisted, Aurealis Awards, in the categories of Young Adult Novel and Science Fiction Novel, for The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

Longlisted, Gold Inky Awards, for The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

Included in the White Ravens List, for The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

2011

Shortlisted, Deadly Awards (for Charlie Burr and the Three Stolen Dollars)

Children’s Book Council Notable Book (for How Frogmouth Found Her Home)

2009


Children’s Book Council Notable Book (for The Two-Hearted Numbat)

Shortlisted, Aurelius Awards (for Curly and the Fent)

2008

Children’s Book Council Notable Book (for Crow and the Waterhole)

Shortlisted, Crichton Award for New Illustrators (for Crow and the Waterhole)

Shortlisted, Queensland Premier’s Award (for Crow and the Waterhole)

Shortlisted, WA Premier’s Award (for Crow and the Waterhole)
Teaching
Ambelin is the Unit Coordinator of Administrative Law (LAWS5102) and Indigenous Peoples and the Law (LAWS2225).
Current external positions
Member, Reconciliation Action Board, Shell Australia

Editorial Committee, AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples

Board of Editorial Consultants, Westerly Magazine
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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