Freg J. Stokes

Postdoctoral Researcher

Main Focus

Over the last eight years Freg has worked with Guaraní researchers in South America, mapping tropical deforestation and Indigenous resistance to colonisation since 1500. At the Max Planck Institute for Geoanthropology, Freg is extending this research model, drawing on archival sources to map capitalist expansion, deforestation and political resistance across the tropics over the last five centuries.

Curriculum Vitae

Freg has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Spanish and Visual Art and a PhD in History from the University of Melbourne. His PhD thesis, “The Hummingbird’s Atlas: Mapping Guaraní Resistance in the Atlantic Rainforest during the Emergence of Capitalism (1500–1768)”, won the 2022 Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia’s Prize for Best Doctoral Dissertation, along with the 2023 Australian Historical Association’s General History Thesis Prize. 



Stokes, F. J., Socialist Settlers on a Capitalist Frontier: The Contradictions of New Australia, Paraguay. (2024) Labour History.

Stokes, F. J., Contemporary Debates on the Indigenous Populations of the Jesuit-Guaraní Missions: An Overview. (2021-I).  Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu, xc (fasc.179), pp.117-136

Stokes, F. J., Applied Theatre and Political Change in Bhutan. (June 2015). Postcolonial Studies. Special Issue: Indo-Australian Connections: Thinking beyond the State, 18 (2), pp.174-188

Book Chapters: 

Stokes, F. J., 2011 and World Revolutionary Moments: Mapping New Strategies and Alliances in Australian Youth Activism. (2019) Young People and the Politics of Outrage and Hope ed. By Peter Kelly, Perri Campbell, Lyn Harrison and Chis Hickey, Leiden, Boston, Brill, pp.307-326

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