Talei Luscia Mangioni
Talei is currently a PhD candidate at the School of Culture, History and Language.
Talei was born and raised on Gadigal land of the Eora Nation and is of Fijian and Italian descent. Her current scholarship aims to chart the Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific (NFIP) movement across Oceania through historical ethnography, weaving archival records and material objects with oral histories of activists and artists. Exploring these stories through creative works, she engages a trans-disciplinary praxis through film-making with an interest in speculative documentary.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies and Government from the University of Sydney. In her honours research in Pacific Studies completed at the Australian National University, she examined the eco-critical arts across the nuclear and climate justice movements of Oceania in the context of visual sovereignty.
She has taught previously in Pacific studies, Asian Studies and Indigenous studies at the Australian National University. She is a member of Reading Oceania Collective, an autonomous group of Pacific creatives in Australia who value talanoa, collective group processing and critical discussion of Pacific texts. She is interested in Pacific Cultural Studies, decolonial and creative research methodologies and archival practice.