Victoria Stead

Victoria Stead is a settler scholar whose research critically examines that nature of Australian coloniality, both within the settler state and across the Pacific region. She is an anthropologist with a strong interest in history, and combines ethnography, archival research, oral history, and political-economic analysis to examine the reverberations of colonial relations in the present. Currently, Victoria is leading two major projects: the first examines race, labour relations, and belonging in the Australian horticultural industry, including in relation to the temporary labour migrations of Pacific Islander seasonal workers; the second project explores postcolonial relationships between Australians and Papua New Guineans in the context of Kokoda and the war tourism industry in Oro Province, PNG. From 2015-2018, Victoria led the project ‘Women Remember the War’, with Oro women Margaret Embahe and Mavis Manuda Tongia, as part of the PNG Oral History Project. Victoria is currently a DECRA Senior Research Fellow based in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. She is Secretary of the Australian Association for Pacific Studies, and a member of the board of directors of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania. Her most recent book is Labour Lines and Colonial Power: Indigenous and Pacific Islander Labour Mobility in Australia (co-edited with Jon Altman, ANU Press, 2019).