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Professor Amanda Kearney

Amanda Kearney
Kidman Chair in Australian Studies
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Professor Amanda Kearney

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD — email supervisor to discuss availability.

Amanda's academic career has been distinguished by an 18 year commitment to ethnographic fieldwork with marginalised communities in Australia. The particularity of her theoretical innovations around contemporary race relations and Indigenous lived experiences in Australia, born of collaborative fieldwork with Indigenous families, defines her standing as a praxis based academic in the discipline of anthropology and also Australian Indigenous Studies. Amanda's academic contributions provoke discussion on the legacy of Australia’s settler colonial past and diverse experiences ethnic citizenry in Australia today. The discourse around multiculturalism is particularly strong in Australia, and has contributed to a vision of the nation as an assemblage of diverse and proliferating social identities and communities. That this diversity be treated with respect is the cornerstone of popular multiculturalism, yet, how this is achieved remains a point of ongoing tension within intellectual, political and popular debate. 

Amanda’s research specialty is cultural wounding, healing and 'emerging ethnicities' in Australia. Her research has addressed themes of  Indigenous experience, ways of knowing, anthropology, ethnicity, intangible cultural heritage and the emotional geographies that accompany homelands. Her doctoral research focused on Indigenous Australian cultural and social engagements with homelands, the politics of place and human relationships with powerful places over time. This, and her ongoing research has developed in collaboration with Yanyuwa families, the Indigenous owners of land and sea in the southwest Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia. 

Amanda began working on themes of emerging ethnicities and the rise of affirmative action principles in north eastern Brazil in 2008. By critically engaging with ethnic studies from an anthropological perspective this branch of her research aims to define the quality and character of emerging ethnicities, through a considered reflection on cultural wounding, culturally prescribed violence and healing. 

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2018 Kidman Chair of Australian Studies University of Adelaide, Adelaide
2010 Research Associate Federal University of Bahia
2009 - 2018 Associate Professor University of New South Wales
2009 Research Associate University of Brasilia
2007 - 2008 Anthropological Consultant Northern Territory Government
2007 Anthropological Consultant Charles Darwin University
2006 - 2008 Lecturer Monash University
2004 - 2005 Research Associate Kyoto University of Education, Kyoto

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
2018 Achievement Inaugural Kidman Chair of Australian Studies University of Adelaide Australia
2008 Teaching Award Monash University, Faculty of Arts Dean's Commendation for Excellence in Teaching Monash University Australia
2008 Teaching Award Monash University, Faculty of Arts Dean's Teaching Award - Highly Commended Monash University Australia

Language Competencies

Language Competency
Portuguese Can read, write and speak

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2001 - 2004 University of Melbourne Australia PhD
1998 - 1998 University of Queensland Australia Bachelor of Arts Honours
1995 - 1997 University of Queensland Australia Bachelor of Arts

Research Interests

Journals

Year Citation
2018 Kearney, A. J., BRADY, L., & BRADLEY, J. (2018). A Place of Substance: Stories of Indigenous place meaning in the southwest Gulf of Carpentaria, northern Australia. Journal of Anthropological Research.
2018 Kearney, A. (2018). Intimacy and Distance: Indigenous Relationships to Country in Northern Australia. Ethnos, 83(1), 172-191.
DOI
2018 Kearney, A. (2018). Returning to that which was never lost: Indigenous Australian saltwater identities, a history of land claims and the paradox of return. History and Anthropology, 29(2), 184-203.
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2018 Kearney, A. J. (2018). Violence in Place: Reading Violence through Kincentric Ecology. International Journal of Conflict and Violence, Vol. 12.
2016 Brady, L., & Kearney, A. (2016). Sitting in the gap: ethnoarchaeology, rock art and methodological openness. World Archaeology, 48(5), 642-655.
DOI Scopus1
2016 Brady, L., Bradley, J., & Kearney, A. (2016). Negotiating yanyuwa rock art relational and affectual experiences in the Southwest Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Australia. Current Anthropology, 57(1), 28-52.
DOI Scopus6
2015 Kearney, A., & Bradley, J. (2015). 'When a long way in a bark canoe becomes a quick trip in a boat' relationships to sea country & changes to Yanyuwa watercraft. Quaternary International, 385, 166-176.
DOI Scopus5
2014 Kearney, A. (2014). Ethnicity, cultural wounding and the ‘healing project’: What happens when the wounded survive?. Ethnicities, 14(5), 597-614.
DOI Scopus3
2012 Kearney, A. (2012). Indigeneity and the performance of corporeal masculinities in the Australian Football League. Sport in Society, 15(7), 936-951.
DOI Scopus2
2012 Kearney, A. J. (2012). Ethnicity in Wounded Spaces: Instrumentalism and the making of Africa in Brazil. Nineteen Sixty-Nine: An Ethnic Studies Journal, 1(1), 39-55.
2012 Kearney, A. J., BRADLEY, J., MCKEE, B., & CHANDLER, T. (2012). Representing Indigenous Cultural Expressions through Animation: The Yanyuwa Animation Project. Animation Journal, 20, 4-29.
2011 Bradley, J., & Kearney, A. (2011). 'He painted the law': William Westall, 'stone monuments' and remembrance of things past in the Sir Edward Pellew Islands. Journal of Material Culture, 16(1), 25-45.
DOI Scopus2
2011 Kearney, A. J., Bradley, J., Norman, L., & Friday, G. (2011). That's The Choices We Make: Animating Saltwater Country. Screening the Past, 31.
2010 Kearney, A. J. (2010). The ethnoarchaeology of engagement: Yanyuwa places and the lived cultural domain in northern Australia. Ethnoarchaeology: Journal of Archaeological, Ethnographic and Experimental Studies, 2(1), 99-120.
2009 Kearney, A., & Bradley, J. (2009). 'Too strong to ever not be there': Place names and emotional geographies. Social and Cultural Geography, 10(1), 77-94.
DOI Scopus27
2009 Kearney, A. (2009). Homeland emotion: An emotional geography of heritage and homeland. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 15(2-3), 209-222.
DOI Scopus19

Books

Year Citation
2017 Kearney, A. (2017). Violence in Place, Cultural and Environmental Wounding Cultural and Environmental Wounding. United Kingdom: Routledge.
2014 Kearney, A. (2014). Cultural wounding, healing, and emerging ethnicities. New York, NY; USA: Palgrave Macmillan.
DOI Scopus4
2009 Kearney, A. (2009). Before the Old People & Still Today An Ethnoarchaeology of Yanyuwa Places and Narratives of Engagement. Australian Scholary Publishing.

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2018 Kearney, A. J., & Bradley, J. (2018). 'You Whitefellas pull it all apart'" Epistemic learnings in exploring landscape. In M. Atha (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies (2nd ed., pp. 288-298).
2018 Kearney, A. J., Brady, L., & Bradley, J. (2018). Rock Art as Cultural Expressions of Social Relationships and Kinship. In B. David, & I. McNiven (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Rock Art (1 ed., pp. 671-693).
2017 Kearney, A. (2017). Refuting Timelessness: Emerging relationships to intangible cultural heritage for younger Indigenous Australians. In M. STEFANO, & P. DAVIS (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Intangible Cultural Heritage (1 ed., pp. 285-299). ABINGDON, OXON: ROUTLEDGE.
2016 Kearney, A. (2016). Cultural Wounding and Healing: Change as ongoing cultural production in a remote Indigenous Australian community. In T. HYLLAND ERIKSEN, & E. SCHOBER (Eds.), Identity destabilised: Living in an Overheated World (1 ed., pp. 114-134). London; United Kingdom: Pluto Press.
2013 Kearney, A. J. (2013). Sexual Gamesmanship, Indigeneity and the Performance of Corporeal Masculinities in AFL. In C. HALLINAN, & B. JUDD (Eds.), Indigenous People, Race Relations and Australian Sport (1 ed., pp. 22-37). LONDON: ROUTLEDGE.
2013 Kearney, A. J. (2013). What should we remember in making ourselves: Rethinking memory and ethnicity in Brazil. In E. KEIGHTLEY, & M. PICKERING (Eds.), Research Methods in Memory Studies (1 ed., pp. 132-148). EDINBURGH: EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS.
2013 Kearney, A. J. (2013). Emerging Ethnicities and Instrumental Identities in Australia and Brazil. In M. HARRIS, M. NAKATA, & B. CARLSON (Eds.), The Politics of Identity: Emerging Indigeneity (pp. 240-257). SYDNEY: UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY SYDNEY.
2012 Kearney, A. J. (2012). Present Memories: Indigenous memory constructs and cross-generational knowledge exchange in northern Australia'. In E. Keightley (Ed.), Time, Media, Modernity (pp. 165-183). Hampshire: Palgrave.
2011 Kearney, A. J. (2011). What place is there for this knowledge': Indigenous ancestral knowledge, new technologies and emerging ethnicity. In S. Lira, R. Amoeda, & C. Pinheiro (Eds.), Sharing Cultures (pp. 67-76). Barcelos, Portugal: Greenlines Institute.
2009 Kearney, A. J. (2009). Place as material culture and restorative tool Yanyuwa women's ceremony places in northern Australia. In M. Goggin, & B. Fowkes Tobin (Eds.), Women and Things, 1750-1950: Gendered Material Strategies (pp. 321-336). Aldershot: Ashgate.
2009 Kearney, A. J. (2009). Intangible Cultural Heritage: Global awareness and local interest. In L. Smith, & N. Akagawa (Eds.), Key Issues in Cultural Heritage (pp. 209-226). London: Routledge.
2009 Kearney, A. J., & Bradley, J. (2009). Manankurra: What's in a name. Place Names and Emotional Geographies. In H. Koch, & L. Hercus (Eds.), Aboriginal placenames old and new: Discovering, interpreting and restoring Indigenous nomenclature for the Australian landscape (pp. 463-480). Canberra: ANU E Press.
2008 Kearney, A. J. (2008). Gender in landscape archaeology. In B. DAVID, & J. THOMAS (Eds.), Handbook of Landscape Archaeology (1 ed., pp. 247-255). WALNUT CREEK: LEFT COAST PRESS.
2007 Kearney, A. J. (2007). Place spirit and intangible cultural heritage in a contested land. In J. ENSOR, I. POLAK, & P. VAN DER MERWE (Eds.), Other Contact Zones - New Talents 21C (1 ed., pp. 120-142). PERTH: CURTIN UNIVERSITY.
2006 Kearney, A. J., & BRADLEY, J. (2006). Landscapes with shadows of once living people: Kundawira and the challenge for archaeology to understand. In B. DAVID, B. BARKER, & I. MCNIVEN (Eds.), The Social Archaeology of Australian Indigenous Societies (1 ed., pp. 182-203). CANBERRA: Aboriginal Studies Press.

Conference Items

Year Citation
2009 Kearney, A. J. (2009). Present Memories: Indigenous memory constructs and education in the southwest Gulf of Carpentaria. Poster session presented at the meeting of Facing the Past / Facing the Future: History, Memory and Literature Conference Proceedings. Bahçeşehir University: Istanbul..

Report for External Bodies

Year Citation
2007 Kearney, A. J., & Bradley, J. (2007). Northern Territory Government Remote Learning Partnership Project - Borroloola Community Report.. Darwin: Northern Territory Government.

Recorded/Rendered Creative Works

Year Citation
2012 Publication status: Published
NTRO sub category: 4 Digital creative work
Title: The Groper - a-Kuridi
Authors: Kearney AJ, Yanyuwa Families, McKee B, Bradley J, Chandler T, Faulkhead S, Brady L, McNiven I
Publisher: Monash Countrylines Archive
Place of publication: Melbourne
Publication date: 2012
Extent: 15 minutes
ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: This is an Indigenous community, academic, digital animator collaboration to record, document and digitise in 3D animation format the ancestral narratives of the Yanyuwa community. It is based on years of ethnographic recordings, community consultation and was funded by competitive Category 1 and 2 funding.
Record created at source: 3 March 2018
2010 Publication status: Published
NTRO sub category: 4 Digital creative work
Title: The Dreamings from Saltwater Country (DVD)
Authors: Kearney AJ, Yanyuwa Families, Bradley J, Chandler T, McKee B, Ung C
Publisher: Monash University - Digital Animation Project
Place of publication: Melbourne
Publication date: 2010
Extent: 20 Minutes
ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: This is an Indigenous community, academic, digital animator collaboration to record, document and digitise in 3D animation format the ancestral narratives of the Yanyuwa community. It is based on years of ethnographic recordings, community consultation and was funded by competitive Category 1 and 2 funding.
Record created at source: 3 March 2018
2009 Publication status: Published
NTRO sub category: 4 Digital creative work
Title: The Law that Comes from the Mainland, Islands and the Sea
Authors: Kearney AJ, Yanyuwa Families, Bradley J, Chandler T, McKee B, Ung C
Publisher: Monash University
Place of publication: Melbourne
Publication date: 2009
Extent: 21 Minutes
ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: This is an Indigenous community, academic, digital animator collaboration to record, document and digitise in 3D animation format the ancestral narratives of the Yanyuwa community. It is based on years of ethnographic recordings, community consultation and was funded by competitive Category 1 and 2 funding.
Record created at source: 3 March 2018
2008 Publication status: Published
NTRO sub category: 4 Digital creative work
Title: Manankurra: A Song for Country
Authors: Kearney AJ, Yanyuwa Families, Bradley J, Chandler T, McKee B, Ung C
Publisher: Monash University
Place of publication: Melbourne
Publication date: 2008
Extent: 4 minutes
ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: This is an Indigenous community, academic, digital animator collaboration to record, document and digitise in 3D animation format the ancestral narratives of the Yanyuwa community. It is based on years of ethnographic recordings, community consultation and was funded by competitive Category 1 and 2 funding.
Record created at source: 3 March 2018
2008 Publication status: Published
NTRO sub category: 4 Digital creative work
Title: Crow and Chicken Hawk Dreaming
Authors: Kearney AJ, Yanyuwa Families, Bradley J, Chandler T, McKee B, Ung C
Publisher: Monash University
Place of publication: Melbourne
Publication date: 2008
Extent: 3 minutes
ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: This is an Indigenous community, academic, digital animator collaboration to record, document and digitise in 3D animation format the ancestral narratives of the Yanyuwa community. It is based on years of ethnographic recordings, community consultation and was funded by competitive Category 1 and 2 funding.
Record created at source: 3 March 2018
2008 Publication status: Published
NTRO sub category: 4 Digital creative work
Title: Kudarrku - Brolga Dreaming
Authors: Kearney AJ, Yanyuwa Families, Bradley J, Chandler T, McKee B, Ung C
Publisher: Monash University
Place of publication: Melbourne
Publication date: 2008
Extent: 3 minutes
ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: This is an Indigenous community, academic, digital animator collaboration to record, document and digitise in 3D animation format the ancestral narratives of the Yanyuwa community. It is based on years of ethnographic recordings, community consultation and was funded by competitive Category 1 and 2 funding.
Record created at source: 3 March 2018
2008 Publication status: Published
NTRO sub category: 4 Digital creative work
Title: Dugong Hunter Dreaming
Authors: Kearney AJ, Yanyuwa Families, Bradley J, Chandler T, McKee B, Ung C
Publisher: Monash University
Place of publication: Melbourne
Publication date: 2008
Extent: 3 minutes
ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: This is an Indigenous community, academic, digital animator collaboration to record, document and digitise in 3D animation format the ancestral narratives of the Yanyuwa community. It is based on years of ethnographic recordings, community consultation and was funded by competitive Category 1 and 2 funding.
Record created at source: 3 March 2018
2008 Publication status: Published
NTRO sub category: 4 Digital creative work
Title: Ngabaya Spirit Man Dreaming
Authors: Kearney AJ, Yanyuwa Families, Bradley J, Chandler T, McKee B, Ung C
Publisher: Monash University
Place of publication: Melbourne
Publication date: 2008
Extent: 3.5 minutes
ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: This is an Indigenous community, academic, digital animator collaboration to record, document and digitise in 3D animation format the ancestral narratives of the Yanyuwa community. It is based on years of ethnographic recordings, community consultation and was funded by competitive Category 1 and 2 funding.
Record created at source: 3 March 2018
2008 Publication status: Published
NTRO sub category: 4 Digital creative work
Title: Tiger Shark Dreaming
Authors: Kearney AJ, Yanyuwa Families, Bradley J, Chandler T, McKee B, Ung C
Publisher: Monash University
Place of publication: Melbourne
Publication date: 2008
Extent: 4 minutes
ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: This is an Indigenous community, academic, digital animator collaboration to record, document and digitise in 3D animation format the ancestral narratives of the Yanyuwa community. It is based on years of ethnographic recordings, community consultation and was funded by competitive Category 1 and 2 funding.
Record created at source: 3 March 2018

Contemporary Indigenous Relationships to Rock Art Australian Research Council Discovery Project DP170101083 (2017-2020) $361,625
Amanda Kearney, Liam Brady (Monash), John Bradley (Monash) & Karen Steelman. This project aims to understand the roles and meanings of archaeological heritage in the lives of Indigenous people today. Archaeological investigations typically rely on objects, images and places as evidence of past human activity, but these "artefacts" could also tell us about present-day relationships between people and their archaeological heritage. The project will examine how Aboriginal people from the south-western Gulf of Carpentaria engage with rock art, one of the most visual aspects of the archaeological record. By focussing on the cultural re-working of relationships to rock art, this project aims to provide new understandings to inform national and Indigenous futures, and support progressive advancements in land and sea management.

Seascapes, Sea People, and Indigenous Knowledge - Australian Research Council Discovery Project DP1093341 (2010-2012) $210,000
Amanda Kearney, Liam Brady (UWA), John Bradley (Monash) & Ian McNiven (Monash). This Project concerns maritime heritage and management of the land/sea interface by the Yanyuwa, an Indigenous group in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory. A joint anthropological/archaeological project, it textually and visually records and represents Yanyuwa engagements with their seascape in terms of the region s emotional character, and sites and places of spiritual significance both natural features and culturally-constructed features (e.g. rock-art sites). This will identify the character of a seascape from an Indigenous perspective, a vital step in informing Australian normative understandings of the sea, programs of management and sustainable engagements with northern coastlines.

Yanyuwa Animation Project - $26,000 Sidney Myer Foundation (with A/Prof John Bradley, Monash University) (2008)

Remote Education Reform - $50,000 Northern Territory Department of Employment, Education and Training, Education Reform in Remote Indigenous Communities, NT (with A/Prof John Bradley, Monash University) (2007-2008)

Yanyuwa Rock Art Project - $25,992 Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) (with Dr. Liam Brady and Dr. John Bradley (Monash) and the li-Anthawirriyarra Sea Rangers (2009)

Other Funding

$7800 Faculty of Arts, University of New South Wales (2018)

$1300 School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales (2017)

$4500 School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales (2016)

$1500 School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales (2014)

$10,000 Faculty of Arts Grant Scheme, University of New South Wales (2013)

$3000 Conference Support Fund, Indigenous Session at the Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Conference, University of New South Wales (2012)

$10,000 Faculty of Arts Grant Scheme, University of New South Wales (2010)

$6,500 Faculty of Arts Grant Scheme, University of New South Wales (2009)

$10,000 Faculty of Arts, Monash University, Research development award (2006)

From Semester 2, 2018 Amanda will be teaching in the Anthropology and Development Studies Program.

From Semester 2, 2018 Amanda will be convening the new Australian Studies Major 

Amanda's past teaching portfolio includes: Experiencing Globalisation; People and Place; Trauma and Violence; Introduction to Anthropology and Sociology; Social Research Methods; Cultural Transformations & Resistance; Ethnoecology; Ways of Knowing; Whiteness and Race Studies; Theory, Method and Ethnography; Socio-cultural Theory; Practicing Archaeology; Material Culture Studies; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Areas of Postgraduate Supervision: Anthropology, ethnography, ethnicity, violence and trauma, emotional geography, generational knowledge systems, Indigenous experience, decolonising methodologies, place/space, critical Australian Studies.

Other Supervision Activities

Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
2018 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Intimacy and Violence: Settler colonial realities and redressing projections of belonging in Australia University of Adelaide PhD Anthropology Doctorate Part Time Jillian Gardenr
2017 - 2017 Principal Supervisor What makes effective public and social policy? The cultural conundrum University of New South Wales Master Full Time Celia Pavlieff
2016 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Ethnicity and Nationalism in Iceland: Models of the Global South Applied to the North University of Adelaide PhD Anthropology Doctorate Full Time Timothy Heffernan
2014 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Puncturing the Silence: Indigenous Australia and Creative Industries University of New South Wales PhD program in Anthropology Doctorate Full Time Abraham Bradfield
2012 - 2017 External Supervisor We Are Yanyuwa, No Matter What: Town life, family and country Monash University Indigenous Studies Doctorate Part Time Phillip Adgemis

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2018 - ongoing Chair Human Research Ethics Committee Edmund Rice Centre Australia
2016 - 2018 Member Human Research Ethics Committee (High Risk) University of New South Wales Australia
2014 - 2018 Chair Human Research Ethics Advisory Panel University of New South Wales Australia
Position
Kidman Chair in Australian Studies
Phone
83135895
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Napier Building, floor N1
Room Number
N1 25
Org Unit
School of Social Sciences

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