Dr Marshall Clark has been awarded a Scholars and Artists in Residence Fellowship at the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) for 2013. Dr Clark will be in residence at the NFSA from 1 August to 1 October 2013.
Dr Clark has been awarded the fellowship for his project: Migrant workers in northern Australia: Representations of pearl divers, trepangers and illegal fishers in Australian film.
Clark's project examines how labour migration has impacted on the societies, cultures and politics of the Asia Pacific region, including Australia. His project will unearth the cultural history of this process, starting at the mid nineteenth century through to the present day and will examine film representations of migrant workers with a particular focus on Northern Australia. This project forms part of a larger research project on the history and heritage of labour migration in the Asia-Pacific.
Dr Clark is a member of the Institute of Professional Practices in Hertiage and the Arts (IPPHA). His research interests include Indonesia, Malaysia, migrant labour, migration flows in Southeast Asia, cultural heritage (including literature, cinema, art, popular Islamic culture).
In 2013 Dr Clark is convening a research symposium at IPPHA, Labour Migration in the Asia-Pacific: Race, History and Heritage (14-15 Feb). This event is supported by grants awarded by the ANU's College of Arts and Social Sciences and the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) Events Funding Scheme.