Dr Gareth Knapman

Research Officer

PhD (RMIT University)
BA (Hons) (Monash University)

T +61 2 6125 0583

E gareth.knapman@anu.edu.au


Dr Gareth Knapman joined NCIS as a Research Officer in August 2015. His current work at NCIS focuses on the history of repatriation of human remains, on the NCIS research project ‘Return, reconcile, renew: understanding the history, effects and opportunities of repatriation and building an evidence base for the future’.


Gareth previously worked as a curator and repatriation officer at Museum Victoria’s Indigenous Cultures department. He has written extensively on museum collections and collecting, and has made significant contributions to Australian Aboriginal history.

In addition to his focus on repatriation, Dr Knapman also researches intersections between sovereignty and private property in the British Indian Ocean colonial world. In this research, he contends that modern ideas of sovereignty developed through colonial interactions with the ambiguities between Indigenous ideas of private property and sovereignty.

Gareth completed his PhD in International Studies at RMIT University on early nineteenth century colonial ideas of the nation from the Straits Settlements.

Scholarly interests

Gareth has a particular interest in law and Native Title, culture, heritage, history and repatriation, and representation and identity.


View Dr Gareth Knapman's complete list of publications: http://works.bepress.com/gareth_knapman/

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