New Project Officer, Dr Kate da Costa

Kate joined the Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse at the end of March this year and immediately took over finalizing Research Brief #23 for publication, and kicking off a refresh of the IJC website and database. Kate has an academic background, and although at first glance a research career in the archaeology of the Roman empire in the Middle East might not sound related to the IJC, she explains the link:

“My research really focused on the impact of a foreign political administration on very long-lived indigenous cultures – the particular example was the Roman empire, with its bureaucracy and army, which took control over a large part of modern Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Israel and Egypt, and even, from time to time, northern Iraq. This is the region of Western Asia where many of the markers of ‘Old World’ modern society – the domestication of plants and animals, the invention of writing, organised religious practice, and of course, taxation, were developed. But the theoretical background of the research and observable impacts on the multitude of tribes and kingdoms in that area from Roman annexation, are directly relevant to the work of the Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse.”

New Project officer Kate da Costa in front of Untitled painting by Anthony Flanders (1998)