Amanda Kearney

Professor Amanda Kearney

Kidman Chair in Australian Studies

Arts Faculty Office

Faculty of Arts

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


My research is distinguished by a two decade long commitment to ethnographic fieldwork with Indigenous families and their communities in Australia. The particularity of my theoretical innovations around contemporary race relations and Indigenous lived experiences in Australia, born of collaborative fieldwork, defines my standing as a praxis based academic in the discipline of anthropology and also Australian Indigenous Studies. My research provokes discussion on the long term impact of land rights, and the legacy of Australia’s settler colonial past and diverse experiences ethnic citizenry in Australia today.

My research specialty is cultural wounding, healing and 'emerging ethnicities' in Australia. My research has addressed themes of Indigenous experience, ways of knowing, land rights and the impact of settler colonial violence on Indigenous lives, anthropology, ethnicity, and intangible cultural heritage. My research has developed in collaboration with and with the kind support of Yanyuwa families, the Indigenous owners of land and sea in the southwest Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia.

I welcome inquiries from Masters and PhD candidates interested in: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, Indigenous experiences, Decolonising methodologies, Anthropology and Ethnography, Ethnicity, Ways of knowing, Generational knowledge systems, Emotional geography, Cultural trauma and violence, Healing and cultural renewal, Place and space and Critical Australian Studies

My current projects include:

  • Contemporary Indigenous Relationships to Rock Art 

This project aims to understand the roles and meanings of archaeological heritage in the lives of Indigenous people today. The project examines 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 focusing 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.

  • Investigating the impacts and future of land rights and land restitution

This project asks the questions, what effect has Aboriginal land rights had on Aboriginal lives? And what are the implications of land rights for Indigenous, national and ecological futures? The project is driven to develop vital new understandings of the long term effects of Aboriginal Land Rights, specifically the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976.

  • Land Activism and Land Security in an Intercultural Australia

This project is examining the terms on which young Indigenous people participate in land activism movements, why they do so, what they achieve in doing so and the implications of such participation for local/national and global Indigenous identities and platforms for change.

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2018 Kearney, A., 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, 74(3), 360-387.
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    2018 Kearney, A. (2018). Intimacy and Distance: Indigenous Relationships to Country in Northern Australia. Ethnos, 83(1), 172-191.
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    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. (2018). Violence in place: Reading violence through kincentric ecology. International Journal of Conflict and Violence, 12.
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    2016 Brady, L., & Kearney, A. (2016). Sitting in the gap: ethnoarchaeology, rock art and methodological openness. World Archaeology, 48(5), 642-655.
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    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.
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    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.
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    2014 Kearney, A. (2014). Ethnicity, cultural wounding and the ‘healing project’: What happens when the wounded survive?. Ethnicities, 14(5), 597-614.
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    2012 Kearney, A. (2012). Indigeneity and the performance of corporeal masculinities in the Australian Football League. Sport in Society, 15(7), 936-951.
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    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.
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    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.
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    2009 Kearney, A. (2009). Homeland emotion: An emotional geography of heritage and homeland. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 15(2-3), 209-222.
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  • Books

    Year Citation
    2019 Kearney, A. J., & Bradley, J. (Eds.) (2019). Reflexive Ethnographic Practice: Three generations of anthropologists in one place (Vol. 1, 1 ed.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
    2019 Smith, C., & Kearney, A. J. (Eds.) (2019). Inter-faith, Inter-cultural, International - Special Issue, Religions Journal.
    2017 Kearney, A. (2017). Violence in Place, Cultural and Environmental Wounding Cultural and Environmental Wounding. United Kingdom: Routledge.
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    2014 Kearney, A. (2014). Cultural wounding, healing, and emerging ethnicities. New York, NY; USA: Palgrave Macmillan.
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    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
    2019 Kearney, A. J. (2019). Ethnicity and Environmental Destruction: Rethinking the impact of ethnic conflict and cultural wounding. In S. Ratuva (Ed.), Global Handbook on Ethnicity. Singapore: Palgrave.
    2018 Kearney, A. J. (2018). Order and Disorder: Indigenous Australian Cultural Heritages and the Case of Settler Colonial Ambivalence. In V. Apaydin (Ed.), Critical Perspectives on Cultural Memory, Heritage and Destruction. London: University College London.
    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 Brady, L., Bradley, J., & Kearney, A. (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., & Kowalewski, G. (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.
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    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. (2012). Present memories: Indigenous memory construct and cross-generational knowledge exchange in northern Australia. In Time, Media and Modernity (pp. 165-183).
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    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., & 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. (2008). Intangible Cultural Heritage: Global awareness and local interest. In L. Smith, & N. Akagawa (Eds.), Key Issues in Cultural Heritage (pp. 209-226). London: Routledge.
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    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
Date Project Number / Title Investigators Funding Body Amount
2017 - 2020 DP170101083 A.Kearney, L. Brady, J. Bradley & K. Steelman Australian Research Council Discovery Project $361,625
2018 Faculty of Arts A. Kearney University of New South Wales $7,800
2017 School of Social Sciences A. Kearney University of New South Wales $1,300
2016 School of Social Sciences A. Kearney University of New South Wales $4,500
2014 School of Social Sciences A. Kearney University of New South Wales $1,500
2013 Faculty of Arts Grant Scheme A. Kearney University of New South Wales $10,000
2012 Conference Support Fund A. Kearney University of New South Wales $3,000
2010 - 2012 DP1093341 A. Kearney, L. Brady, J. Bradley & I. McNiven Australian Research Council Discovery Project $210,000
2010 Faculty of Arts Grant Scheme A. Kearney University of New South Wales $10,00
2009 Faculty of Arts Grant Scheme A. Kearney University of New South Wales $6,500
2009 Yanyuwa Rock Art Project A.Kearney, L. Brady,  J. Bradley & the li-Anthawirriyarra Sea Rangers Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) $25,992
2008 Yanyuwa Rock Art Project A. Kearney & J. Bradley Sidney Myer Foundation $26,000
2007 - 2008 Remote Education Reform A. Kearney & J. Bradley Northern Territory Department of Employment, Education and Training, Education Reform in Remote Indigenous Communities $50,000
2006 Research Development Award A. Kearney Faculty of Arts, Monash University $10,000

 

Date Course Title Course Level / Code
2019 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies Level 1, PEACE1001
2019 Interculturalism Level 3, AUST3002
2018 Visual and Media Anthropology Level 3, ANTH3034

 

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Principal Supervisor The Seven Phases to Integrating Loss and Grief Framework: A Reflexive Journey Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Rosemary Mavis Wanganeen
  • 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
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  • 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
  • Email: amanda.kearney@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor N1
  • Room: N1 25
  • Org Unit: School of Social Sciences

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