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Ms Jenni Caruso
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Jenni Caruso is an Eastern Aranda woman whose personal experience is that of being a member of the Stolen Generations. The principles which underly her teaching are that all Australians should have access to information and the sharing of knowledge on Aboriginal history in this nation. Her practice is to share that knowledge in a culturally safe environment where students are able to engage with the topics without fear of being seen as "asking the wrong thing" or being "politically incorrect in order to ensure a positive learning experience for students.
Jenni's academic career has followed its own pattern with her gaining her undergraduate and honours levels as a mature age student while lecturing in Indigenous Cultures and History, and Indigenous Histories of the Twentieth Century.
Jenni's teaching focuses on introducing students to an Aboriginal perspective of Australian history looking at the impacts of anthropology on public policy, the effects of child removal policies on Aboriginal Australians and the relationship of those impacts on the status of Aboriginal people in contemporary society, political activism by both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians in bringing about shifts in policy and the importance of self-determination in 'closing the gap' in inequities faced by Aboriginal people.
Jenni's research interests inform all of her teaching using the methodology of "Ego-histoire" introduced by the French historian Pierre Nora (Gallimard, 1987) though which she projects her life story work to convey history. Jenni's PhD research focuses on the effects and impacts of anthropology on removal policy and the inter-relationships between church, state and academia in the direction of those policies and their contemporary impacts on the Stolen Generations.
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