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Dr Sean Gorman

Dr Sean Gorman Dr Sean Gorman

BA Hons 1997 PhD 2004 Indigenous Australian Studies & Communications

Position Senior Research Fellow
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
School School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts
Department Dept of Social Sciences and Security Studies
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 209.306
Phone 08 9266 2648

Brief Summary

I have worked in the field of Indigenous History for 20 years. After completing my honours, applying Russian Formalist theory to the Murri guerilla poet Lionel Fogarty, I commenced a PhD in 2000. I looked at racism in sport (AFL) using the Krakouer brothers story to do so. In 2005 my PhD was published with Allen & Unwin as Brotherboys. In 2009 the book was adapted into a play and had a national tour commencing in 2011. In August of 2011 Legends the AFL Indigenous team of the Century was published and launched by Michael Long and Professor Mick Dodson. I am currently the Lead CI on an ARC Linkage to review the AFL’s Vilification Laws. I  was the sole academic contributor to the AFLs Players Association Best Practice Guidelines for Indigenous Players.



Memberships, Awards and Training

Fremantle Football Clubs Reconciliation Action Plan committee ,


Member of the Australian Society for Sports History,

Member of the North American Society for Sport History.

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Employment History

I have worked at the following institutions: Murdoch University (1996-2004), Kurongkurl Katitjin (2004-2006), University of Melbourne (2007-2009), Curtin University CAS 2009 to present.   

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Research Areas

  • Multicultural, Intercultural And Cross Cultural Studies (200209)
  • Psychology Not Elsewhere Classified (170199)
  • Race And Ethnic Relations (160803)

Grants and Contracts

  • Review of the AFL's Vilification laws to promote community harmony and reconciliation (2010)
    • Role: Lead Chief Investigator
    • Funding Source: ARC, VMC, AFL, AFLPA
  • Oral History Archive - AFL Indigenous Team of the Century (2008)
    • Role: CI
    • Funding Source: University of Melbourne
  • Assessing the Test: Aboriginal Students and the WALNA test (2006)
    • Role: CI
    • Funding Source: Western Australian Education and Training Council
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Research Interests

Sport History;

Social Justice;

Indigenous History;

Colonial History;

Local History;

Post-colonial studies;

Football History.

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Additional publication categories


Book Chapters - Other

  • Gorman, S., and K. Applebee. 2016. “Many Stories, One Goal: Indigenous Pathways in the AFL.” In Advances in Australian Football; a sociological and applied science exploration of the game, 72-81. : Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER).

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Gorman, S., D. Lusher, and K. Reeves. 2016.“Foreword.”Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics 19 (4).
  • Gorman, S., D. Lusher, and K. Reeves. 2016.“Overarching findings.”Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics 19 (4): 501-537.


Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Reeves, K., M. Ponsford, and S. Gorman. 2015.“Codes combined.”Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics 18 (5): 517-518.
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