Monica Galassi is a PhD Candidate at the School of International Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FAAS) and a Research Associate at Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research (JIIER), University of Technology Sydney (UTS). In 2020, Monica was awarded a UTS Research Excellence Scholarship to undertake doctoral studies in the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander archival records that have been misplaced in Italy and in the Vatican. Monica has worked in Australia since 2010 on different projects and initiatives to support Aboriginal self-determination and sovereignty in libraries and archives. She is passionate about finding ways to foster culturally safe and community-driven initiatives across the cultural sector. She is also interested in investigating the intersections between practice and theories, and how to pioneer research that can positively influence internal institutional changes driven by community needs and aspirations. Monica joins the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research in 2020 where she currently works on different projects in the Indigenous Archives and Data Stewardship Hub, especially in supporting Aboriginal priorities in digital community archiving. Monica was previously part of the Indigenous Engagement team at the State Library of NSW and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Data Archive (ATSIDA) team at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) library.
More information on Monica’s background and project is available at the URL https://profiles.uts.edu.au/Monica.Galassi/about