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Research Biography

I am a Narungga woman and member of the Chester family from Point Pearce in South Australia, and have worked in the Aboriginal higher education sector in South Australia since 1995. I joined Flinders Universtiy in 2014 with the Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement, and now the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

I am currently in a Research Fellow position with an interest in decolonising state archives, engaging archival-poetic methods to research and document Aboriginal women's domestic service stories and labour histories in South Australia. My words have been installed and projected in exhibitions comprising text-object-video projection, including collaboration with the Unbound Collective. I am an active member of the First Nations Australia Writers Network, and have conducted poetry workshops and presented panels, readings and keynotes at events including: the Ottawa International Writers Festival; the Active Aesthetics Conference on Contemporary Australian Poetry and Poetics, UC Berkeley; the Queensland Poetry Festival; Mildura Writers Festival; Melbourne Emerging Writers Festival; Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art; Adelaide Spirit Festivals; Blak & Bright Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival. I have also been a poet and writer in resident with RMIT University in 2016, and Sydney University in 2018. I have published in a number of literary journals including Overland, Southerly, Westerly, Wasafiri International Contemporary Writing, TEXT and Cordite, and am guest-editor for Cordite Poetry Review's 89: DOMESTIC. My manuscripts include, Dirty Words, with Cordite Books in 2015, and Archival-Poetics, with Vagabond Press in 2019..

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Research Output

2020: Five Years On

Harkin, N., Apr 2020, Dirty Words. 2020 reprint ed. Melbourne, Victoria: Cordite Publishing Inc., p. 45-50 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript

Sovereign Acts: In the Wake

Harkin, N., Baker, A. G., Tur, S. U. & Blanch, F., Jun 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Artlink. 40, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Weaving the Colonial Archive: A Basket to Lighten the Load

Harkin, N., 7 May 2020, In : Journal of Australian Studies. 44, 2, p. 154-166 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Blood Memory

    Harkin, N., 2019, Sydney: Vagabond Press. 34 p. (Archival Poetics; no. 3)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Brenda L. Croft: Still in my mind: Gurindji location, experience and visuality

    Harkin, N., 2019, Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginaland Torres Strait Islander Art 2019. Cumpston, N. (ed.). Adelaide, Australia: Art Gallery of South Australia, p. 202-205 4 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


    Artist in Residence, Vitalstatistix

    Natalie Harkin (Participant)

    1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    2020 World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) (Event)

    Natalie Harkin (Reviewer)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work

    PHD Examiner

    Natalie Harkin (Examiner)

    Jan 2020

    Activity: Examination typesExamination

    Artist in Residence, Vitalstatistix

    Natalie Harkin (Participant)

    1 Jan 201931 Dec 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    TARNANTHI: Panpa-panpalya

    Natalie Harkin (Speaker), Ali Baker (Speaker), Faye Blanch (Speaker) & Simone Tur (Speaker)

    18 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk