School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
I am a cultural theorist and writer. Much of my ethnographic work has been in the West Kimberley with the Goolarabooloo people. My collaboration with Bruno Latour has resulted in a special edition of New Literary History (“Recomposing the Humanities—with Bruno Latour”), 2016. I have translated two books by Isabelle Stengers: Another Science is Possible, and (Stengers with Tobie Nathan), Doctors and Healers (both with Polity, 2018).
My most recent book is The Mother’s Day Protest and Other Fictocritical Essays (RLI, 2016). I also work on cultural theory, with I have a long record of work with Indigenous people (a new edition of Paddy Roe’s Gularabulu: Stories from the West Kimberley appeared with UWA Publishing, 2016), and current research involves ethnographic documentation of Goolaraboolo country north of Broome.
I welcome inquiries from Masters and PhD candidates interested in fictocritical writing, cultural theory and Indigenous Australian studies.
My current projects include:
- Goolarabooloo Culture of the Western Kimberley (ARC Discovery Project funded from 2014)
With the prospect of new industries, starting with a major gas plant, the Indigenous population of Broome finds itself under pressure and internally divided. The group to be studied here, Goolarabooloo, is opposed to mining on their Dreaming. Their struggle has had the effect of reviving forms of culture, that take
contemporary shape, but are always strongly linked to the traditional culture. With national and international attention focussed on Goolarabooloo, this study will analyse the transformation of this confederacy of language groups in the context of industrialisation and tourism. The output will be a first in ethnographic
documentation of this culture, first recorded by Daisy Bates in 1901.
- Translocal Reading: Southern Site-specific Literary and Cultural Analysis (Discovery application for ARC funding starting in 2020, with 4 colleagues)
This project aims to elaborate a theoretical framework for translocal literary and cultural analysis with innovative methods. The translocal proposes a way of reading that is a potent alternative to northern hemisphere models of analysis, opening up new pathways among literatures and cultures from southern regions in relation to Australia. Our research aims to demonstrate that understanding the contexts and forms of poetry and fiction requires
networks of site-specific knowledges. Expected outcomes of the project include the exploration of new literary regions, new interpretive techniques, and a model of translocal reading that enables contemporary and traditional texts from the south to constructively dialogue with each other.
- Cultivating the Arts of Paying (Discovery application for ARC funding starting in 2020, with 4 colleagues)
The Project aims to discover new modes of paying attention. It argues that the dominant cognitive or communicative paradigm for the analysis of attention can be superseded by an ecological analysis not founded on a subject/object binary. Paying attention is not just a human capacity as modes of attention are distributed in a plurality of multi-species environments. Some are regulated and commodified and others are aesthetically innovative. The study will generate new knowledge across three strands: paying attention to Indigenous country, literary close-reading and social media. We expect these empirical studies to test and describe practical techniques for paying attention as valuable skills structured in human-environment interactions.
- Interpreting Australia’s Indigenous Heritage Trails (Linkage application for ARC funding starting in 2019, with one colleague and industry partners)
This project will carry out a national survey of Indigenous heritage trails in Australia, documenting this growing phenomenon, then carrying out research into the best ways of enhancing their performance as tourism products. Preliminary research on one of the pioneering trails (the Lurujarri Heritage Trail, W.A.) indicates that they are multi-functional: they provide an immersive tourism experience; they are implicitly pedagogical (for all participants) and explicitly so if students are participating as part of their course-work; they sustain Aboriginal heritage and enhance inter-generational knowledge transfer and well-being; and they are small business ventures for the organisers.
Date Position Institution name 2018 Adjunct Professor Notre Dame University, Broome 2018 Professor Emeritus of Ethnography University of New South Wales 2013 - 2016 Professor of Ethnography University of New South Wales 2009 - 2013 Professor of Writing University of New South Wales 2008 - 2009 Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack Visiting Chair of Australian Studies, Berlin. Freie Universität 1993 - 2008 Professor of Cultural Studies University of Technology, Sydney
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2002 Honour Centenary Medal 2002 Federal Govt Australia — 1998 Fellowship Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities Australian Academy of the Humanities Australia — 1985 Achievement West Australian Week Literary Awards WA Govt Australia —
Language Competency French Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title 1976 - 1981 University of WA Australia PhD 1975 - 1976 Université de Paris VIII France Mès.L. 1969 - 1973 Monash University Australia BA Hons
Year Citation 2019 Muecke, S. (2019). Knowledge valves. Or, keeping cultural studies going.. Cultural Studies Review, 25(2), 244-246.
2019 Muecke, S. (2019). Rebooting the idea of ‘civilisation’ for Australian soil. The Conversation. 2019 Muecke, S. (2019). Externalising the Symptom: Radicalised Youth and The Membrane. Cordite Poetry Review. 2018 Healy, C., Schlunke, K., Black, P., Muecke, S., & Driscoll, C. (2018). Meaghan. Cultural Studies Review, 24(1), 1-4.
2018 Muecke, S. (2018). Politics now, now. Cultural Studies Review, 24(1), 34-38.
2018 Muecke, S. (2018). Love and the demos. Journal of Language, Literature and Culture, 65(2), 96-101.
2017 Muecke, S. (2017). Wolfe Creek meteorite crater — Indigenous science queers Western science. Ctrl-Z: New Media Philosophy, (7). 2017 Muecke, S. (2017). Attachment. Environmental Humanities, 9(1), 167-170.
2017 Muecke, S. (2017). Earthbound law: the force of an Indigenous Australian institution. Law and Critique, 28(2), 135-143.
2016 Muecke, S. (2016). An ecology of institutions: recomposing the humanities. New Literary History, 47(2-3), 231-248.
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2016 Muecke, S. (2016). Remembering the Future: Warlpiri life through the Prism of Drawing. OCEANIA, 86(1), 110-111.
2016 Muecke, S. (2016). Writing the Indian Ocean: immersion in seven waves. Performance Research, 21(2), 85-89.
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2015 Despret, V., Porcher, J., & Muecke, S. (2015). The pragmatics of expertise. Angelaki - Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 20(2), 91-99.
2014 Muecke, S., Wergin, C., & Muecke, S. (2014). Materialities of tourism in the twenty-first century: A very brief introduction. Tourist Studies, 14(3), 227-230.
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2014 Muecke, S., & Wergin, C. (2014). Intensifying the tourist experience: ‘survenirs’ at Daly Waters Pub. Tourist Studies, 14(3), 231-245.
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2013 Muecke, S. (2013). An experiment with truth and beauty in cultural studies. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 14(3), 453-457.
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2013 Muecke, S. (2013). The Composition and Decomposition of Commodities: The Colonial Careers of Coal and Ivory. Text, (20), 77-87.
2012 Muecke, S. (2012). Motorcycles, snails, Latour: criticism without judgement. Cultural Studies Review, 18(1), 40-58.
2012 Muecke, S. (2012). Créolité and Reunionnese Maloya: from ‘in-between’ to ‘moorings’. PORTAL : Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, 9(1), 1-9.
2012 Muecke, S. (2012). Questions of Value: Mining and Tourism in Remote Australia. Australian Humanities Review, 53. 2011 Muecke, S. (2011). Australian Indigenous philosophy. CLCWeb : Comparative Literature and Culture, 13(2), 1-7.
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2011 Muecke, S. (2011). Speculating with history. Wasafiri, 26(2), 37-40.
2011 Muecke, S. (2011). EXPERIMENT NO. 1 IN ANIMAL TOURISM. OVERLAND, (205), 33-37. 2011 Muecke, S. (2011). Speculating with history: the wreck of the Sydney Cove. Wasafiri, 26(2), 37-40.
2010 Muecke, S. (2010). On the road with Manuel. Television and New Media, 11(6), 474-476.
2010 Muecke, S. (2010). Action in Madagascar: The World Bank, Ravalomanana and leadership. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 11(2), 248-254.
2009 Muecke, S. (2009). The writing laboratory. Angelaki - Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 14(2), 15-20.
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2009 Muecke, S. (2009). Cultural science? The ecological critique of modernity and the conceptual habitat of the humanities. Cultural Studies, 23(3), 404-416.
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2007 Muecke, S. (2007). Running out of time. Meanjin, 66(2), 48-51. 2007 Muecke, S. (2007). Gulaga story. Studies in Travel Writing, 11(1), 83-91.
2006 Foster, R. (2006). Legendary Tales of the Australian Aborigines. Pacifica, 232 pages. 2006 Muecke, S. (2006). The birth of physics. POLITICAL THEORY, 34(2), 279-281.
2005 Muecke, S. (2005). 'Jerome's happy hour'. WESTERLY, 50, 208-210. 2004 Muecke, S. (2004). "i don't think they invented the wheel": The case for aboriginal modernity. Angelaki - Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 9(2), 155-163.
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2003 Muecke, S. (2003). A landscape of variability (Cultural representation of Australia). KENYON REVIEW, 25(3-4), 282-300.
2003 Muecke, S. (2003). Choreomanias: Movements Through our body. Performance Research, 8(4), 6-10.
2003 Muecke, S. (2003). A landscape of variability. Kenyon Review, 25(3-4), 283-300.
2002 Muecke, S. (2002). The fall: Fictocritical writing. Parallax, 8(4), 108-112.
2001 Muecke, S. (2001). Over the land. Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, 21(1), 11-18.
2001 Muecke, S. (2001). Being centred. Performance Research, 6(3), 15-22.
2001 Muecke, S. (2001). Over the land (Aboriginal perceptions of Australian landscapes). STUDIES IN THE HISTORY OF GARDENS & DESIGNED LANDSCAPES, 21(1), 11-18.
2000 Muecke, S. (2000). Over the land. Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, 20(2), 11-18. 1999 Muecke, S. (1999). Travelling the Subterranean river of blood: Philosophy and magic in cultural studies. Cultural Studies, 13(1), 1-17.
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1999 Muecke, S. (1999). Postcolonial nation uncanny Australia: Sacredness and identity in a postcolonial nation. AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, 34(3), 477.
1998 Muecke, S. (1998). Better seats than they paid for. Australian Journal of Anthropology, 9(3), 291-294.
1997 Muecke, S. (1997). Signs in society: Studies in semiotic anthropology - Parmentier,RJ. OCEANIA, 68(1), 72.
1996 Muecke, S. (1996). Oceania - Toussaint,S. OCEANIA, 66(3), 252-254.
1996 Muecke, S. (1996). Outback. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 14(4), 407-420.
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1994 Muecke, S. (1994). Narrative and Intervention in Aboriginal Filmmaking and Policy. Continuum, 8(2), 248-257.
1993 Muecke, S. (1993). Studying the other: A dialogue with a postgrad. Cultural Studies, 7(2), 324-329.
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1993 MUECKE, S. (1993). AUSTRALIAN CULTURAL-STUDIES - A READER - FROW,J, MORRIS,M. MEANJIN, 52(3), 595-598. 1992 Muecke, S. (1992). Lonely Representations: Aboriginality and Cultural Studies. Journal of Australian Studies, 16(35), 32-44.
1990 Muecke, S. (1990). no Road (Vague Directions for the Study of Tourism). Continuum, 3(1), 127-136.
1990 MUECKE, S. (1990). NO ROAD, (VAGUE DIRECTIONS FOR THE STUDY OF TOURISM) .1.. MEANJIN, 49(3), 402-409. 1988 MUECKE, S., DAVIS, J., & SHOEMAKER, A. (1988). ABORIGINAL LITERATURE + AUSTRALIA. AUSTRALIAN LITERARY STUDIES, 13(4), 27-46. 1988 Muecke, S. (1988). THE CHILDREN'S COUNTRY: ETHICAL STATEMENTS / USEFUL INSTRUCTIONS. Oceania, 59(2), 143-158.
1988 MUECKE, S. (1988). ABORIGINAL LITERATURE AND THE REPRESSIVE HYPOTHESIS. SOUTHERLY, 48(4), 405-418.
1986 Muecke, S. (1986). REVIEW. Oceania, 57(1), 75-76.
Year Citation 2019 Nathan, T. (2019). Wandering Souls. Polity. 2018 Nathan, T., & Stengers, I. (2018). Doctors and Healers. Polity. 2018 Stengers, I. (2018). Another Science is Possible: A Manifesto for Slow Science. London: Wiley. 2016 Muecke, S. (2016). The Mother's Day Protest and Other Fictocritical Essays. London, United Kingdom: Rowman & Littlefield International. 2016 Roe, P. (2016). Gularabulu: Stories from the West Kimberley (2nd ed.). S. Muecke (Ed.), Perth: University of Western Australia. 2015 Onfray, M. (2015). Appetites for Thought Philosophers and Food. Reaktion Books. 2014 Roe, P., Benterrak, K., & Muecke, S. (2014). Reading the Country: Introduction to Nomadology (3rd ed.). Melbourne: Re.Press. 2012 Muecke, S., & Pam, M. (2012). Contingency in Madagascar. Intellect Books. 2011 Muecke, S. (2011). Butcher Joe. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz Verlag. 2006 Unaipon, D. (2006). Legendary Tales of the Australian Aborigines. 2004 Iwabuchi, K., Muecke, S., & Thomas, M. (2004). Introduction: Siting Asian cultural flows.
2004 Iwabuchi, K., Muecke, S., & Thomas, M. (2004). Rogue flows: Trans-Asian cultural traffic.
1998 Gil, J. (1998). Metamorphoses of the Body. U of Minnesota Press.
Year Citation 2018 Muecke, S. (2018). How Many Countries?. In C. Healy, & P. Morrissey (Eds.), Reading the Country: 30 Years On (pp. 21-40). University of Technology Sydney; Australia: UTS ePRESS.
2018 Muecke, S. (2018). Goolarabooloo futures: Mining and aborigines in northwest Australia. In J. K. Watson, & G. Wilder (Eds.), The Postcolonial Contemporary: Political Imaginaries for the Global Present (pp. 208-223). USA: Fordham University Press.
2018 Muecke, S. (2018). The Composition and Decomposition of Commodities: The Colonial Careers of Coal and Ivory. In S. Chaudhuri, & J. McDonagh (Eds.), Commodities and Cultures in the Colonial World (pp. 77-87). Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: Routledge. 2017 Muecke, S. (2017). Broome's economy: Renaturalising neoliberalism?. In C. Driscoll, K. Darian-Smith, & D. Nichols (Eds.), Cultural Sustainability in Rural Communities: Rethinking Australian Country Towns (pp. 171-185). London: Routledge.
2016 Muecke, S. (2016). Recomposing the humanities. In B. Latour (Ed.), Reset Modernity! (pp. 224-229). Karlsruhe, Germany: MIT Press. 2016 Muecke, S. (2016). Indigenous-Green Knowledge Collaborations and the James Price Point Dispute. In E. Vincent, & T. Neale (Eds.), Unstable Relations: Indigenous people and environmentalism in contemporary Australia (pp. 252-272). Perth: UWA Publishing. 2014 Muecke, S. (2014). The Great Tradition: Translating Durrudiya’s songs. In B. Neumeier, & K. Schaffer (Eds.), Decolonizing the Landscape: Indigenous Cultures in Australia (pp. 23-36). Amsterdam: Rodopi. 2014 Muecke, S. (2014). Reproductive aesthetics: Multiple realities in a Seamus Heaney poem. In H. Groth, & C. Danta (Eds.), Mindful Aesthetics: Literature and the Science of Mind (pp. 161-172). New York: Bloomsbury. 2013 Muecke, S. (2013). On magical language: Multimodality and the power to change things. In M. Bock, & N. Pachler (Eds.), Multimodality and Social Semiosis: Communication, Meaning-Making, and Learning in the Work of Gunther Kress (pp. 93-102). New York: Routledge.
2010 Black, P., & Muecke, S. (2010). Antipodean Modernisms: Australia and New Zealand. In The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms.
2009 Muecke, S. (2009). Fabulation: Flying carpets and artful politics in the Indian Ocean. In Indian Ocean Studies: Cultural, Social, and Political Perspectives (pp. 32-44).
2004 Muecke, S., & Ghosh, D. (2004). Commerce and culture in the pre-colonial Indian ocean. In Rogue Flows: Trans-Asian Cultural Traffic (pp. 13-30).
Year Citation 2016 Muecke, S., & Dibley, B. (2016). Five theses for reinstituting economics: Anthropological lessons from Broome. In W. Sanders (Ed.), ENGAGING INDIGENOUS ECONOMY: DEBATING DIVERSE APPROACHES (pp. 143-152). Australian Natl Univ, Canberra, AUSTRALIA: AUSTRALIAN NATL UNIV.
Original Creative Works
Year Citation 2019 Publication status: Published
Authors: Muecke S
Editors: Berlant L, Stewart K
Publisher: Duke University Press
Place of publication: Durham, London
Publication date: 2019
Title of Outlet: The Hundreds
Abstract: The Hundreds includes four indexes in which Andrew Causey, Susan Lepselter, Fred Moten, and Stephen Muecke each respond with their own compositional, conceptual, and formal staging of the worlds of the book.
Source URL: https://www.amazon.com/Hundreds-Lauren-Berlant/dp/1478002883
Keywords: Social Science
Other output evidence: file:///
Record created at source: 16 April 2019
2015 Publication status: Published
NTRO sub category: 3 Written work
Title: A Diplomat for the History Wars
Authors: Muecke S
Author affiliation: A1223528
Place of publication: Brisbane
Publication date: 2015
Title of Outlet: Text : Special Issue website series
Issue: Special Issue 28
Extent: 8 pages
ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: Fictocritical piece exploring the 'history wars' using Indigenous oral literary style
Source URL: http://www.textjournal.com.au/speciss/issue28/content.htm
Record created at source: 5 September 2017
2010 Publication status: Published
NTRO sub category: Book Review, Review, Journal
Authors: Muecke S
Publisher: ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
Publication date: 1 January 2010
Journal: CONTINUUM-JOURNAL OF MEDIA & CULTURAL STUDIES
Author URL: http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/
Verification-status: Not verified
Recorded/Rendered Creative Works
Year Citation 2014 Publication status: Published online
NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
Title: Sunset Ethnography
Authors: Burton A
Publisher: Kurrajong Films
Place of publication: Sydney
Publication date: 2014
Extent: 52 mins
ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: Important exploration of 'experimental ethnography' with Michael Taussig, taking place in Broome, W.A.
Source URL: https://vimeo.com/113130961
Other output evidence: https://www.cdu.edu.au/northern-institute/events/sunset-ethnography
Record created at source: 5 September 2017
|Date||Project Number||Investigators||Funding Body||Amount|
|2014 - 2016||DP140101459||Stephen Muecke and PI Carsten Wergin||ARC||$264,511|
|2013 - 2015||DP130104571||Prof S Muecke, Dr. Erin Brannigan, Prof Edward Scheer||ARC||$210,000|
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2020 Co-Supervisor Creative Criticism Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Mr Terry Peter Hughes 2019 Co-Supervisor Superfiction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Delana Louise Carbone
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2019 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Shakespeare and Christian Hermetism: religio mentis a Study of Esoteric Thought in Four Plays Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Jane Nelson
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2018 - ongoing Board Member Communication and Culture Academy of the Humanities Australia 2018 - ongoing Chair School of Humanities Research Committee University of Adelaide Australia
Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country 2018 - ongoing Australian Research Council na Scientific research Australia
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2018 - ongoing Board Member Book Series: Indigenous Nations and Collaborative Futures Rowman & Littlefield United Kingdom 2016 - ongoing Board Member Jounral of Australian Studies Routledge Australia 2016 - ongoing Board Member International Journal of Cultural Studies Routledge United Kingdom 2000 - ongoing Board Member Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Routledge United Kingdom 1991 - ongoing Board Member Cultural Studies Routledge United States
Date Case Institution Country 2017 - 2017 Manado (on behalf of the Bindunbur Native Title Claim Group) v State of Western Australia  FCA 1367 Federal Court Australia
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