Dr Amanda Kearney

Senior Lecturer in Anthropology
BAhons (University of Queensland) PhD (University of Melbourne)
School of Social Sciences

Contact

+61 (2) 9385 8485
+61 (2) 9385 1040
Room 151, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Anthropology, Human Geography, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies
Tags: Understanding Australia's Past, Conserving Intangible Cultural Heritage

Dr. Amanda Kearney is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, conducting research in Australia and Brazil.

Her book, Cultural Wounding, Healing and Emerging Ethnicities. New York: Palgrave MacMillan (November 2014) showcases her work on cultural wounding and healing, based on extensive ethnography in northern Australia and northeastern Brazil.

Amanda's third book Violence in Place: Cultural and Environmental Wounding (Routledge, UK) will be published in late 2016. This work explores the greater effects of cultural wounding on the world we live in and strives to elicit care for the places that humans harm and the non human species who also experience trauma as a result of human/ethnic conflict. 

Amanda’s research specialty is cultural wounding, healing and 'emerging ethnicities' in Australia and Brazil. Her research has addressed themes of  Indigenous anthropology, African Diaspora, 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 and Indigenous life experiences in Australia in 2000. By critically engaging with ethnic studies from an anthropological perspective this research aims to define the quality and character of emerging ethnicities, through a comparison of the similarities and differences in ethnic ‘scapes’ found in wounded spaces such as Australian Indigenous communities in remote and urban settings and amongst interethnic groups in northeastern Brazil. 

Most recent publications:

Kearney, A. (2016) Violence in Place, Cultural and Environmental Wounding. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Brady, L., J, Bradley and A, Kearney. (2016). Negotiating Yanyuwa Rock Art: Relational and affectual experiences of place in the southwest Gulf of Carpentaria, northern Australia. Current Anthropology Vol.57(1):28-52. 

Kearney, A., and L, Brady. (2016) Sitting in the Gap: Ethnoarchaeology, rock art and methodological openness. World Archaeology – Debates issue.

Kearney, A. (2016). Intimacy and Distance: Indigenous relationships to country in northern Australia.  Ethnos. Taylor and Francis Journal. October, Online first. 

Kearney, A. (2016). Cultural Wounding and Healing: Change as ongoing cultural production in a remote Indigenous Australian community. In T., Hylland Eriksen and E., Schober (eds) Identity destabilised: Living in an Overheated World, pp.114-134. London: Pluto Press.

Kearney, A. and J. Bradley. (2015). When a long way in a bark canoe becomes a quick trip in a boat: Changing Relationships to Sea Country & Yanyuwa Watercraft Technology.  Quaternary International Vol.385: 166-176. 

Kearney, A. (2014). Cultural Wounding, Healing and Emerging Ethnicities. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

Publications in press:

Kearney, A. and G, Kowalewski. (forthcoming 2017). Refuting Timelessness: Emerging relationships to intangible cultural heritage for younger Indigenous Australians. In M., Stefano and P., Davis (eds) The Routledge Companion to Intangible Cultural Heritage. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 

Brady, L., J. Bradley and A. Kearney. (forthcoming 2017). Rock Art as Cultural Expressions of Social Relationships and Kinship, in Oxford Handbook on Rock Art. Edited by Bruno David and Ian McNiven. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

UNSW Research Profile

 

Research

Dr. Amanda Kearney is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology,at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW and conducts ethnographic research in Australia and Brazil.

Her recent book, Cultural Wounding, Healing and Emerging Ethnicities. New York: Palgrave MacMillan (November 2014) showcases her work on cultural wounding and healing, based on extensive ethnography in northern Australia and northeastern Brazil.

Amanda's third book Violence in Place: Cultural and Environmental Wounding (Routledge, UK) will be published in late 2016. This work explores the greater effects of cultural wounding on the world we live in and strives to elicit care for the places that humans harm and the non human species who also experience trauma as a result of human/ethnic conflict. 

Amanda’s research specialty is cultural wounding, healing and 'emerging ethnicities' in Australia and Brazil. Her research has addressed themes of  Indigenous anthropology, African Diaspora, 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 and Australia in 2008. By critically engaging with ethnic studies from an anthropological perspective this research aims to define the quality and character of emerging ethnicities, through a comparison of the similarities and differences in ethnic ‘scapes’ found in wounded spaces such as Australian Indigenous communities in remote and urban settings and amongst interethnic groups in northeastern Brazil. 

Research Areas

Australian Indigenous anthropology, emerging ethnicities in Australia and Brazil, cultural wounding and healing, emotional geography and kincentric ecology.

Current Research Projects & Funding

Contemporary Indigenous relationships to rock art Australian Research Council Discovery Project DP170101083 (2017-2020).
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)
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.

Emerging Ethnicities in Australia and Brazil
This project concerns an anthropology of ethnicity in post-colonial and post-Imperial spaces. It is concerned with the ethnic complexities that remain when interuptions and challenges to ethnic citizenry have been challenged or contested. By working with Indigenous youth in Australia and Afro-descendant groups in Brazil, this work offers up a sophisticated reading of new ethnicities and the spaces they occupy in both countries. Moving towards an anthropology of affirmative action this work involves fieldwork with community groups in Borroloola, northern Australia and Salvador, Bahia in Brazil.

Other related funding

$26,000 Sidney Myer Foundation, Yanyuwa Animation Project (with Assoc. Prof John Bradley)  

$50,000 Northern Territory Department of Employment, Education and Training, Education Reform in Remote Indigenous Communities, NT (with Assoc. Prof John Bradley) 

 

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Areas of Supervision
Cultural Anthropology, ethnography, ethnicity, material culture studies, oral history, emotional geography, generational knowledge systems, and cultural heritage, cultural trauma and wounding.

Current PhD Supervisions       

* Abe Bradfield - Correcting a Great Australian silence: Exploring Indigenous art, cultures and identities

* Timothy Heffernan - The Icelandic Meltdown: A case of wounding and healing following financial collapse

* Philip Adgemis - Yanyuwangala: Change, Resilience and Identity (Monash University, Associate supervisor)

Teaching

Teaching areas
Anthropology, Ethnography, Indigenous Rights, Ways of Knowing 

Current teaching
ARTS 2873 People and Place

ARTS 3875 Researching Culture and Society: Ways of Knowing and Doing the Social

ARTS3885 Trauma and Violence

Other Information

Monash University Faculty of Arts Teaching Award for innovation in teaching, and Faculty of Arts Dean’s high commendation for excellence in teaching, 2008

 

Publications

    Books

    Book Chapters

    • Kearney A; Kowalewski G, 2017, 'Refuting Timelessness: Emerging relationships to intangible cultural heritage for younger Indigenous Australians', in Stefano M (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Intangible Cultural Heritage, edn. 1, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 285 - 299
    • Kearney A; Bradley J; Brady L, 2016, 'Rock Art as Cultural Expressions of Social Relationships and Kinship', in David B; McNiven I (ed.), Oxford Handbook on Rock Art, edn. 1, Oxford University Press, Oxford
    • Kearney A, 2016, 'Cultural Wounding and Healing: Change as ongoing cultural production in a remote Indigenous Australian community', in Hylland Eriksen T; Schober E (ed.), Identity destabilised: Living in an Overheated World, edn. 1, Pluto Press, London, pp. 114 - 134
    • Kearney A, 2013, '‘What should we remember in making ourselves: Rethinking memory and ethnicity in Brazil’', in Keightley E; Pickering M (ed.), Research Methods in Memory Studies, edn. 1, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 132 - 148, http://www.euppublishing.com/book/9780748645961
    • Kearney A, 2013, 'Emerging Ethnicities and Instrumental Identities in Australia and Brazil', in Harris M; Carlson B; Nakata M (ed.), The Politics of Identity : emerging Indigeneity, edn. 1st, University of Technology Sydney E Press, Sydney, pp. 240 - 257, http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/research/bitstream/handle/10453/21913/Politics%20of%20Identity.pdf?sequence=4
    • Kearney A, 2013, 'Indigeneity and the performance of corporeal masculinities in the Australian Football League', in Hallinan C; Judd B (ed.), Indigenous People, Race Relations and Australian Sport, edn. 1, Taylor and Francis, London, pp. 22 - 37, http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415582698/
    • Kearney A, 2012, '‘Present Memories: Indigenous memory constructs and cross-generational knowledge exchange in northern Australia’', in Keightley E (ed.), Time, Media, Modernity, edn. 1, Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke, pp. 165 - 183, http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0230276709#reader_0230276709%20(Copyright%20and%20Contents%20pages)
    • Kearney A, 2009, 'Intangible Cultural Heritage: Global awareness and local interest', in Smith L; Akagawa N (ed.), Intangible Heritage, edn. First, Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 209 - 226, http://books.google.com.au/books?id=50fm8ozs6o8C&printsec=frontcover&dq=intangible+heritage&source=bl&ots=KMZVl3ShS0&sig=zy1t6WGi7C3jqwp6n5BUDeQxh7w&hl=en&ei=q5QTTO6jDtOpcY2Mwf8L&sa=X&oi=book_result&c
    • Kearney A, 2009, 'Place as material culture and restorative tool Yanyuwa women’s ceremony places in northern Australia', in Goggin MD; Tobin BF (ed.), Women and Things 1750-1950: Gendered Material Strategies, edn. First, Ashgate, Surrey, England, pp. 321 - 336
    • Kearney A; Bradley J, 2009, 'Manankurra: What’s in a name. Place Names and Emotional Geographies', in Koch H; Hercus L (ed.), Aboriginal placenames old and new: Discovering, interpreting and restoring Indigenous nomenclature for the Australian landscape. Aboriginal History Monograph, edn. First, ANU E Press, Canberra, pp. 463 - 480
    • Kearney A, 2008, 'Gender in landscape archaeology', in David B; Thomas J (ed.), Handbook of Landscape Archaeology, edn. First, Left Coast Press, California, pp. 247 - 255
    • Kearney A, 2007, 'Place spirit and intangible cultural heritage in a contested land', in Ensor J; Polak I; Merwe PVD (ed.), Other Contact Zones New Talents 21C, edn. First, Australia Research Institute Curtin University of Technology, Perth, pp. 85 - 94
    • Kearney A, 2006, 'Landscapes with shadows of once living people: Kundawira and the challenge for archaeology to understand', in David B; Barker B; McNiven I (ed.), The Social Archaeology of Australian Indigenous Societies, edn. First, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, pp. 182 - 203

    Journal articles

    Conference Papers

    • Kearney A, 2011, '‘What is the Place for This Knowledge?’: Indigenous Ancestral Knowledge, New Technologies and Emerging Ethnicity', in Sharing Cultures 2011, Greenlines Institute, Tomar, Portugal, pp. 67 - 76, presented at Sharing Cultures 2011, Tomar, Portugal, 03 - 06 July 2011, http://sc2011.greenlines-institute.org/sc2011website/index.htm

    Reports

    • Kearney A, 2007, Northern Territory Government Remote Learning Partnership Project – Borroloola Community Report, Northern Territory Government, Darwin, Northern Territory Government Remote Learning Partnership Project, Number 1

    Creative Written Works

    • Kearney A; Yanyuwa Families; Bradley J; Chandler T; McKee B; Ung C, 2010, The Dreamings from Saltwater Country., The Dreamings from Saltwater Country., Monash University
    • Kearney A; Yanyuwa Families; Bradley J; Chandler T; McKee B; Ung C, 2010, The Dreamings from Saltwater Country. (DVD). Monash University: Digital Animation Pilot Project. Yanyuwa Families, John Bradley, Amanda Kearney, Tom Chandler, Brent McKee and Chandara Ung. (2009). Th, The Dreamings from Saltwater Country. (DVD). Monash University: Digital Animation Pilot Project. Yanyuwa Families, John Bradley, Amanda Kearney, Tom Chandler, Brent McKee and Chandara Ung. (2009). Th, Monash University

    Digital Creative Works

    • Kearney A; Yanyuwa Families; Bradley J; Chandler T; McKee B; Ung C, 2010, The Dreamings from Saltwater Country - Yanyuwa Animation Project, Monash University - Country Lines Archives, Melbourne, Digital Animation - DVD
    • Kearney A; Yanyuwa Families; Bradley J; Chandler T; McKee B; Ung C, 2009, The Law that Comes from the Mainland, Islands and the Sea - Yanyuwa Animation Project, Monash University - Country Lines Archives, Melbourne, Editor(s): Kearney A, Digital Animation - DVD
    • Kearney A, 2009, 5 x 2.5 minute Digital Animations, Monash University, Clayton Victoria, Editor(s): Monash University, Online
    • Bradley J; Kearney A; Chandler T; Mckee B; Ung C, 2008, Manankurra: A Song for Country, Monash University, Video
    • Bradley J; Kearney A; Chandler T; Mckee B; Ung C, 2008, Tiger Shark/Adumu, Monash University, Video
    • Bradley J; Kearney A; Chandler T; Mckee B; Ung C, 2008, Spirit Man/Ngabaya, Monash University, Video
    • Bradley J; Kearney A; Chandler T; Mckee B; Ung C, 2008, Dugong Hunters/li-Maramaranja, Monash University, Video
    • Bradley J; Kearney A; Chandler T; Mckee B; Ung C, 2008, Brolga/Kurdarrku, Monash University, Video
    • Bradley J; Kearney A; Chandler T; Mckee B; Ung C, 2008, Crow and Chicken Hawk/Malarrkarrka kulu a-Wangka, Monash University, Video

Teaching

Amanda co-ordinates and teaches the units ARTS2873 'People and Place' and ARTS3875 'Researching Culture and Society - Ways of Knowing and Doing the Social' and ARTS3885 'Trauma and Violence'. Amanda has taught extensively in anthropology, Indigenous studies and comparative ethnic studies, and in 2008 received a Monash University Faculty of Arts Teaching Award for innovation in teaching and Faculty of Arts Dean’s high commendation for excellence in teaching.

Areas of Postgraduate Supervision:
Anthropology, ethnography, ethnicity, emotional geography, gendered and generational knowledge systems, cultural expressions and human rights.

Current Postgraduate Supervisions:

* Abe Bradfield - Correcting a Great Australian silence: Exploring Indigenous art, cultures and identities

* Timothy Heffernan - The Icelandic Meltdown: A case of wounding and healing following financial collapse

* Philip Adgemis - Yanyuwangala: Change, Resilience and Identity (Monash University, Associate supervisor)

Honours and prizes

Shortlisted Nominee, Best Monograph, Dean's Award, University of New South Wales, 2015.

Professional contribution

2007: Report to Borroloola Community and the Northen Territory Government Department of Employment, Education and Training.
Kearney, A. and J, Bradley. (2007). Northern Territory Government Remote Learning Partnership Project – Borroloola Community Report.

Affiliations and membership

Associate Researcher at the University of Brasilia, Brazil.

Associate Researcher PINEB, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil

 

Member - Human Research Ethics Advisory (HREA) Panel B
https://research.unsw.edu.au/hrea-panel-b-arts-humanities-and-law

Other information

Articles on Amanda's Research in the Northern Territory

http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/misc/visualising-yanyuwa-narratives/

http://adm.monash.edu/records-archives/archives/memo-archive/2004-2007/stories/20080528/animation.html