I am a PhD candidate at the University Leicester, funded by the European Research Council project The Carceral Archipelago. The project maps and analyses convict transportation flows on a global scale for the first time. It brings intra- and inter-imperial circulations of convicts, across many different scales, into one frame of analysis. My research explores the intra-imperial circulation of convicts from the Australian mainland to surrounding islands in the long nineteenth century. I argue that legal and de-facto transportation to islands formed a coherent, yet temporally and locally contigent, strategy within Australian colonial policy - serving punitive, military, political and economic purposes. The spatialities of transportation and island are key in my analysis of the ways in which islands were deployed by the colonial government, and experienced by those incarcerated on them. It engages in particular with the role of race, gender, labour and criminality in the selection of convicts for transportation to islands. In 2014 I was awarded the Menzies Bicentennial Scholarship from the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King's College London. I am a member of the Migration Network at the University of Leicester and the Global and Imperial History Network at the University of Exeter.
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