Fulbright Takes Doctoral Student to Australia to Study Aboriginal Movement Roots in Black Power

AMHERST, Mass. – Alex Carter, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has received a Fulbright award to study the political and cultural dialogue between the Black Power movement in the U.S. and aboriginal Australian activists in the 1970s.
 
Carter plans to examine the Black Panther Party of Australia and the National Black Theatre of Sydney, building on his continuing investigations of cross-cultural theater and political collaboration.
 
“These cross-cultural and transnational connections between Afro Americans and Aboriginal Australians is a vital component of understanding the trajectory and depth of the Black Power and Black Arts Movements of the 1960s and ‘70s,” Carter said.
 
Ultimately, he added, the research will fulfill his desire to establish a cross-cultural and transnational research depository containing physical and Internet-based archival resources of primary, secondary and interview materials to support similar cross-cultural research.
 
Carter will spend a full year in Australia, beginning in August, working with the Performance Research Unit and the Indigenous Centre at Monash University in Clayton, Victoria, near Melbourne. His research will also take him to Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra.
 
A native of Washington, D.C., Carter’s doctoral work focuses on cultural and political history of the 1960s and ‘70s under the guidance of his dissertation chair Professor Ernest Allen, Jr.
 
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Approximately 310,000 “Fulbrighters,” 116,900 from the United States and 192,800 from other countries, have participated in the program since its inception more than 60 years ago. The Fulbright Program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.