Wingara Mura Postdoctoral Fellow
History, The University of Sydney
A historian and curator, Leah is Dauareb, Meriam le with enduring connections to the Mer, Erub, Badu and Mabuiag islands of the Torres Strait. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in history at the University of Sydney, Australia. With a broad geographic focus on Oceania and the Torres Strait more specifically, her work is on histories of settler colonialism and indigenous resilience, decolonising museum collections and practices and Islander histories of human and other-than-human life ways. Her first book, “Masked Histories: Turtle shell masks and Torres Strait Islander people” will be published by Melbourne University Press in 2022.
Location of Torres Strait (annotation, © 100 Histories of 100 Worlds in 1 Object). © Виктор В, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
A map of the Torres Strait Islands. © Kelisi at the English-language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/, via Wikimedia Commons.