Cameo Dalley

Cameo Dalley is a settler descendant and anthropologist. Her multidisciplinary research has explored Indigenous identities, belonging in contemporary Australia, native title, pastoral economies, and contemporary agribusiness. She maintains research relationships with Lardil, Yangkaal and Kaiadilt peoples in the Wellesley Islands, Gulf of Carpentaria, and groups in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Her first book What Now: Everyday Endurance and Social Intensity in an Australian Aboriginal Community (2021) was published by Berghahn. She has held academic appointments at The Australian National University, Deakin University, and the University of Melbourne, where she is a senior lecturer in the Indigenous studies program. She is a board member of the Journal of Australian Studies.


Memory in Place »

Locating colonial histories and commemoration

Publication date: November 2023
Memory in Place brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars and practitioners grappling with the continued potency of memories and experiences of colonialism. While many of these conversations have taken place on a national stage, this collection returns to the rich intimacy of the local. From Queensland’s sweeping Gulf Country, along the shelly beaches of south Sydney, Melbourne’s city gardens and the rugged hills of South Australia, through Central Australia’s dusty heart and up to the majestic Kimberley, the collection charts how interactions between Indigenous people, settlers and their descendants are both remembered and forgotten in social, political, and cultural spaces. It offers uniquely diverse perspectives from a range of disciplines including history, anthropology, memory studies, archaeology, and linguistics from both established and emerging scholars; from Indigenous and non-Indigenous contributors; and from academics as well as museum and cultural heritage practitioners. The collection locates some of the nation’s most pressing political issues with attention to the local, and the ethics of commemoration and relationships needed at this scale. It will be of interest to those who see the past as intimately connected to the future.