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Dr Sianan Healy Tracey Banivanua Mar Research Fellow, History

Dr Sianan Healy was appointed as Tracey Banivanua Mar Fellow in 2020. During the fellowship, Dr Healy is researching histories of Australian women’s experiences of infertility. The project seeks to examine how structural issues of gender, race and class have impacted on women’s agency, bodily autonomy and access to medical treatment. Medicalised definitions of infertility can hide the political, social and cultural ways in which being unable to bear children have defined women’s identities. Through an interdisciplinary approach to historicising the concept of infertility, this project hopes to help women and those who work in health policy understand their experience in its full complexity.

Dr Healy's research also spans fields including Indigenous experiences of assimilation, education and housing, with a focus on themes of mobility, space/place and the built environment. She recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Centre for the Study of the Inland at La Trobe, during which she researched housing and Aboriginal assimilation policy in regional south-eastern Australia in the post-war period. She will be continuing this research as co-Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery Project 'Indigenous Mobilities to and through Australia: agency and sovereignties' (DP200103269).

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