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Tuesday 1 December

10:00-15:30 Native Title Workshop, The Linkway, 4th floor John Medley Building

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The Centre for Native Title Anthropology, the National Native Title Tribunal and AIATSIS are pleased to co-host this year’s Pre-Conference Assembly for Native Title Anthropologists.

First held in Perth in 2011, this now regular event provides a unique opportunity for practitioners and others working in the area of native title to meet, catch up with long-lost colleagues, and share information about relevant developments in research, law and practice.

Convened the day before the first day of the Australian Anthropological Society’s Annual Conference program, this year’s Pre-Conference Assembly will feature an extended presentation by researchers from the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (TBC) about the research program that informed the recent South West Native Title Settlement. There will also be an open forum to enable discussion of issues and developments in the native title and heritage research space and forthcoming professional development opportunities.

For more information contact Pamela McGrath, .

Postgrad workshops
10:00-15:30 Postgraduate Workshop, Gryphon Gallery, Mezzanine Floor, Central, 1888 Building.

The Australian Network of Student Anthropologists (ANSA), in conjunction with University of Melbourne postgrads, hosted a series of postgraduate workshops covering publishing, ethnographic fieldwork, networking and grant writing.

1. Workshop: Getting published
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Facilitators: Martha Macintyre (University of Melbourne), Lara McKenzie (University of Western Australia), and Tarryn Phillips (La Trobe University)
Time:    10:00am-12:00pm
Venue: Gryphon Gallery, Mezzanine Floor, 1888 Building, University of Melbourne
Cost: Free!
Queries: ansa.exec(at)gmail.com 

During this facilitated workshop, participants learned about the world of academic publication, including how to get published in journals, common mistakes to avoid, tips and tricks, and the process of turning the dissertation into a book manuscript.

Martha Macintyre is currently a Principal Research Fellow in Anthropology in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Melbourne. A former president of the Australian Anthropological Society, she was editor of its flagship journal, TAJA, from 2008–2015. In 2012 she was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. Her publications include: Hildson, A, M. Macintyre, V. Mackie, and M. Stivens, eds (2000). Human Rights and Gender Politics: Perspectives on the Asia Pacific Region. Routledge, London. Lahiri-Dutt, K. and M. Macintyre, eds (2006). Women Miners in Developing Countries: Pit Women and Others. Ashgate, Abington UK; Patterson, M. and M. Macintyre, eds (2011) Managing Modernity in the Western Pacific. University of Queensland Press, St Lucia.

Lara McKenzie is a Research Associate in the Discipline of Anthropology and Sociology at The University of Western Australia (UWA), where she received her PhD in 2013. Her PhD research focused on age-dissimilar, romantic relationships in Australia, exploring themes of gender, age, difference, love, autonomy, and relatedness. Her dissertation was recently published as a book, Age-dissimilar couples and romantic relationships: Ageless love? (2015, Palgrave Macmillan, Studies in Family and Intimate Life Series). She has also undertaken research on e-learning and inequalities in education, and is currently conducting a small study on recent PhD graduates' experiences of looking for stable academic work.

Tarryn Phillips is an anthropologist and lecturer in Legal Studies at La Trobe University.  With an interdisciplinary focus on power, inequality and social justice, her research interests lie at the nexus between anthropology, legal studies and science and technology studies in Australia and Fiji. Her recent book ‘Law, Environmental Illness and Medical Uncertainty: The Contested Governance of Health’  (2015, Routledge) examines how our society governs new health concerns as they emerge, and the barriers that face new and uncertain theories seeking recognition in the law.

2. Workshop: Breaking the ice:  establishing and maintaining relationships in the post-degree workplace
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Facilitators: Yasmine Musharbash (University of Sydney) and Gerhard Hoffstaedter (University of Queensland)
Time:    12:15pm-1:15pm.  Lunch will be provided
Venue: Multi-Function Room, Second Floor (rear 1888 Building), University of Melbourne
Cost:     Free!
Queries: ansa.exec(at)gmail.com

This session was divided into two parts:  in the first, Drs Musharbash and Hoffstaedter talked about relationship building and working in academia.  In the second part of the session, students participated in facilitated networking:  academic "speed dating".  The intention was to facilitate introductions and relationships which may be of interest and/or useful to participants throughout the conference and into their future careers.

Yasmine Musharbash is an ARC Future Fellow and Senior Lecturer with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Sydney. She researches social relations (intra-family, Indigenous/non-Indigenous, interspecies, and human/monster), focusses especially on embodiment and the emotions, and in her writing explores themes ranging from the analysis of laughter or birthday parties to boredom, fear, death, and the night.

Gerhard Hoffstaedter is DECRA Fellow in Anthropology at The University of Queensland.  He researches the everyday life of refugees in Malaysia and also runs an anthropology MOOC, world101x, on edX.

3. Workshop: Successful Grant Writing Skills
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Facilitators: Hannah Bulloch and Bill Fogarty (Australian National University)
Date:     Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Time:    1:30pm-3:30pm
Venue: Gryphon Gallery, Mezzanine Floor, 1888 Building, University of Melbourne
Queries: ansa.exec(at)gmail.com

During this facilitated workshop, we explained the key components of any good funding application, highlighted common mistakes in grant writing, provided an overview of the selection process for major funders such as the ARC, and presented ideas for funding sources you may not have thought of. There was also an opportunity to brainstorm the most appropriate funding avenues for your project.

Hannah Bulloch is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow in the ANU’s School of Archaeology and Anthropology. Prior to taking up her present role, Hannah worked at The Royal Society of New Zealand’s Marsden Fund – the country’s chief research funding body – where she oversaw funding processes for the social sciences and humanities. Hannah has also acted as an expert panellist and reviewer for a number of grant bodies. She is the current Secretary of the Australian Anthropological Society.

Bill Fogarty is a Research Fellow at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies. He is an anthropologist with a wealth of experience working on the development of Indigenous education, sport and development policy across Australia. Bill has obtained funding from a wide range of sources for his work, including government, private and philanthropic organisations. He is currently leading a number of high level research engagements across Australia including as a Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council grant.

17:30-19:00 AAS Distinguished Lecture in Anthropology, Carillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Building, University of Melbourne
Martha MacIntyre (University of Melbourne)
Other times, other customs: Islands of nostalgia and hope. Read more here

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Portrait Martha MacIntyre

2015 marked the hundredth anniversary of Malinowski’s arrival in the Trobriand Islands. The primitivist nostalgia that he expressed in his conclusion to Argonauts of the Western Pacific has been repudiated by numerous anthropologists who have followed in his wake. But this nostalgic view of Melanesian islanders has taken on new forms as anthropology clings to its traditional object – the life-worlds of villagers, the local people who have continued to live in these islands. The apocalyptic forces of globalisation, climate change and environmental devastation have replaced the spectres of ‘cultural loss’ and the dire effects of colonisation. Drawing on research in the islands of Tubetube, Lihir and Misima, I explore islanders’ hopes and nostalgia, reflecting upon the ways that these affect anthropological interpretations of contemporary Melanesia.


19:00-20:30 Conference Welcome Drinks, Carillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Building, University of Melbourne

Immediately following the AAS Distinguished Public Lecture, delegates joined an informal opening reception, to catch up with old friends and meet new colleagues over drinks and nibbles.


Wednesday 2 December

08:30-09:00 Welcome to Country

09:00-10:30 Keynote (Michael Lambek)
"On Being Present to History"

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The term moral horizons could not be more congenial. It confers a positive sense to what Richard Bernstein (1983) memorably called “Beyond Objectivism and Relativism.” It frees us from the objectivism latent in nouns like ethics and morality. And it frees us from relativism insofar as the fusion of horizons, as evoked by Gadamer, configures the space at which incommensurable discourses or traditions can meet and begin to understand each other. The concept of horizon indicates our position in the world as one of relative openness rather than confinement. It offers a spatial, and even celestial, metaphor for what is temporal and indeed historical, signaling movement and direction (toward and away from ever receding or expanding horizons). In sum, it suggests that ethics or morality–terms that I use interchangeably—are to be found within rather than external to activity and hence that judgment or discernment is always required of us. This paper will not so much develop these points philosophically as enliven them ethnographically, with respect to an event I witnessed in Madagascar in which spirits from the bush invaded a public space, reinvesting it with moral concern and fusing horizons of past and future through their presence. I attempt thereby a further fusion of horizons, namely between Sakalava historicity and Euro-American historicism.

Michael Lambek holds a BA from McGill and PhD from the University of Michigan. He has taught since 1978 at the University of Toronto and half time for 3 years (2006-2008) at the LSE. Since 2006 he has held the Canada Research Chair in the Anthropology of Ethical Life at the University of Toronto Scarborough and since 2012 chaired the undergraduate anthropology department there. He is the author of two anthropological monographs based on fieldwork on the island of Mayotte in the western Indian Ocean and one from fieldwork in northwest Madagascar. He edited or co-edited 8 further books, including Tense Past; Illness and Irony; Ordinary Ethics; and both A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion and A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion. Perhaps of greatest regional relevance in Australia are Bodies and Persons: Comparative Perspectives from Africa and Melanesia (1998, with Andrew Strathern) and Ecology and the Sacred: Engaging the Anthropology of Roy A. Rappaport (2001, with Ellen Messer). In addition, he has just published The Ethical Condition: Essays on action, person, and value (University of Chicago Press, 2015) and co-authored Four Lectures on Ethics: Anthropological Perspectives (together with Veena Das, Didier Fassin, and Webb Keene; Hau Books, 2015).

12:30-13:30 AAS Exec meeting, Old Quad Moot Court room

15:00-15:30 Book launch, Grand Buffet Hall, Union House
Age-Dissimilar Couples and Romantic Relationships: Ageless Love? (Palgrave Macmillan 2015)
By Lara McKenzie

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In recent years, there has been widespread fascination with age-dissimilar, heterosexual romantic relationships. This interest is not new – these types of couples have featured in Western media for decades, even centuries – yet qualitative research into such relationships has been limited. This book examines how the romantic relationships of age-dissimilar couples are understood. Based largely on interviews, McKenzie argues that historical shifts toward greater personal autonomy in partner selection, within relationships, and in relationship dissolution have been greatly overstated. Through her focus on age-dissimilar couples, whose increasing prevalence has often been seen to be part of this shift, she suggests that these relationships are an avenue through which shared cultural understandings of relatedness, as well as autonomy, might be further analysed. McKenzie argues for an approach that emphasises cultural continuity, and which accounts for complexity and contradiction in how age-dissimilar relationships and romantic love are understood.

This book was launched by Hannah Bulloch (Australian National University)

15:30-17:00 Does morality need decolonising? Towards ethnographies of minor moralities, Rm B117 in the Melbourne School of Design building
Joint Anthropology/Cultural Studies plenary discussion convened by Ghassan Hage (University of Melbourne), with Tony Birch, Ute Eickelkamp (University of Sydney), Cris Healy, Tess Lea (University of Sydney), Stephen Muecke and Patrick Wolfe

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The colonial world is grounded historically and structurally in immoral acts such as murder, rape, lying, deceit, racism, plunder and pillaging. It nonetheless continuously portrays itself as the source of the highest moralities. It does so by more or less successfully foreclosing this history. Nonetheless, there are always cracks in the edifice. This panel aims at offering critiques of the way this foundational immorality is diffused throughout the moral universe of colonial societies and at reflecting on the spaces where other/minor moralities (not so much anti-colonial as a-colonial) come into existence.

19.30-21:00 Honours researchers ‘Zine launch, The Clyde Hotel, 385 Cardigan St, Carlton

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Honours is an important step into a career in research, and often the work that comes from it is relegated to faculty archives and bookshelves.The 2015 Honours 'Zine is a way to bring that research off the shelves and into the world of academia. It is a collection of short contributions, reflections and polemics by Honours level students from around Australia. All are welcome to join the launch of the 'Zine over drinks at the Clyde Hotel. For more information, email John Lister, .

19:30-21:00 HOD meeting/dinner


Thursday 3 December

09:00-10:30 Keynote: Nancy Scheper-Hughes
"Toward an Anthropology of Evil”

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It seems to me that when we act in critical situations of the sort that Scheper-Hughes describes, we leave anthropology behind. We leave it behind because we abandon a fundamental axiom of the creed we share, namely that all humans are equal in the sight of anthropology. Though Scheper-Hughes does not put it this way, the struggle she is urging anthropologists to join is a struggle against evil. Once we identify an evil, we give up trying to understand the situation as a human reality. Instead we see it as in some sense inhuman, and all we then try to understand is how best to combat it. At this point we [leave anthropology behind] and we enter the political process.”  — Paul Reisman  (Riesman cited by Scheper-Hughes 1988:456 n. 4)

Evil is not an anthropological subject, except, perhaps, with references to African witches ( Olsen and Van Beek 2015) or Amazonian dark shamans  (Whitehead 2002).  After the Holocaust, social scientists introduced a phenomenology of evil ( Ricoeur 1967; Staub 1989).  But, the topic was soon  abandoned and few  anthropologists entered the original dialogue. The field of medical anthropology introduced (via Kleinman, Das and others), an anthropology of suffering and Philippe Bourgois and I introduced an anthropology of Violence, but neither project engaged the possibility of an anthropology of Evil.  In my lecture I will take up the challenge to defend (through my ethnographic research on death squads, war crimes, and human trafficking for the organs of the enemy) a politically engaged anthropology that understands evil as an intrinsic aspect of the human, anthropos, if you prefer. I will return to a dialogue (or diatribe) that began in 1995 with Roy D’Andrade on “Moral Anthropology” in Current Anthropology in response to my essay, “The Primacy of the Ethical: Toward a Militant  Anthropology”. I will do so by responding to Didier Fassin’s essay, “Beyond Good and Evil”? in which Fassin argues that evil can be studied like any other anthropological “object” in the world – totemism or sorcery -- neutrally and dispassionately for the knowledge it can give about the phenomenon, such as how different societies categorize the distinctions between good and evil  ideologically and emotionally, and how they work them  out in their everyday lives and practices. Fassin concludes that just as a medical anthropology does not seek to cure the ill, but to understand local knowledge and healing practices, so , in his view, moral anthropology should not propose "codes of good conduct or offer guidelines toward a better society". I will argue against these propositions and toward a scholarship that includes political engagement with evil as more than a curiosity and neutral object of social science research but rather as a  political force and as a force  field, in which anthropologists can, and sometimes must,  have a stake.

12:30-13:00 ANSA AGM, Old Arts-204 (ELS)

12:30-13:30 Book launch, Grand Buffet Hall, Union House
Making Aboriginal Men and Music in Central Australia (Bloomsbury Academic 2016)
By Åse Ottosson

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This detailed ethnographic study explores the intercultural crafting of contemporary forms of Aboriginal manhood in the world of country, rock and reggae music making. Based on extensive field research among Aboriginal musicians in small towns and remote desert settlements in Central Australia, the book investigates how Aboriginal musicians experience and articulate various aspects of their male and indigenous sense of selves as they make music and engage with indigenous and non-indigenous people, practices, places and sets of values in four different contexts – an Aboriginal recording studio, remote Aboriginal settlements, small non-indigenous towns, and tours beyond the musicians’ homelands.

Providing new analytical insights for scholars and students in fields such as social and cultural anthropology, gender studies and popular music, the book makes a significant contribution to the study of contemporary indigenous and male identity formation in remote Australia and beyond.

This book was launched by Melinda Hinkson (Deakin University) and Mark Graham (Stockholm University).

15:00-15:30 Book launch, Grand Buffet Hall, Union House
The Cultural Dimension of Peace. Decentralization and Reconciliation in Indonesia (Palgrave Macmillan)
By Birgit Bräuchler

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The Cultural Dimension of Peace outlines an emerging cultural turn in peace studies. Taking an anthropological view of decentralization and peace processes in Indonesia as its central focus, it provides an informed understanding of the cultural dimension of reconciliation that is essential for the reintegration of societies that have undergone mass violence and long-lasting conflict. Bräuchler's study warns of one-sided instrumentalization or harmonization theories, and promotes a critical stance towards the use of 'culture', 'tradition' and 'the local' in peacebuilding. Her focus is on intra-state violence between groups defined by ethnicity, religion or other sub-national (or transnational) collective identities. Based on multi-sited and multi-temporal ethnographic fieldwork, this book develops an approach that opens up spaces and sets a new standard for peace and conflict studies and the anthropology of peace.

This book was launched by Richard Chauvel (University of Melbourne) and Sabine Mannitz (Peace Research Institute Frankfurt).

17:00- 18:30 AAS AGM McMahon Ball Theatre, Old Arts
Australian Anthropological Society Annual General Meeting

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All AAS members are welcome. Students and early career anthropologists are particularly encouraged to attend. Agenda items include:

  • Reports from the AAS President, AAS Treasurer, TAJA Editor and ANSA Representative
  • Announcement of new members of AAS Executive Committee
  • Announcement of details for the 2016 AAS Annual Conference
  • Proposed AAS Reconciliation Action Plan
  • Funding models to sustain future AAS Postdoctoral Fellowships

19:00 for 19:30 Conference dinner, Main Dining Room, University House

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This was a three course meal with wine and beer. The annual AAS prizes for best honour’s and PhD theses, and best article, were presented.


Friday 4 December

09:00-10:30 Keynote: Annelise Riles
"Refracted Time: From historicity to legal technique in the "comfort women" controversy"

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The past in the present: From Korean-American memorials to comfort women in New Jersey, to demonstrations outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul, to diplomats who link the comfort women issue to nationalist disputes over territorial sovereignty over other spaces from other times, to the Tokyo Women's Tribunal holding the Emperor liable for war crimes, to endless controversies over the status of journalistic documentary and oral evidence, the issue of sexual slavery during World War II pops up again and again, diffused into different locales, beyond the control of states and civil society actors alike. To this, we must add the specific temporality of the human biological body, as the number of survivors who might receive some form of compensation dwindles year by year.

The so-called comfort women controversy is very much an artifact of law. It is an artifact of a legal project of history-making, through war crimes trials, and of history-ending, of putting to rest certain forms of politics and settling all claims, as did the San Francisco Treaty. In the case of the comfort women, this legal project has failed miserably, as what postcolonial theorist Dipesh Chakabarty terms "time knots" pop up again and again, at various places around the globe. And yet even this renewed controversy is also partially an artifact of a new legal regime in which female sexual slavery has recently become legible as a war crime and a violation of international human rights law.

Feminist anthropologists have responded by carefully tracking the way historical narratives are produced to serve nationalist agendas on all sides and in the process erase inconvenient complexities and complicities. Yet the global controversy also evokes questions about the limits of historicity as a technique for making sense of mass denigrations of humanity and calls for enacting a politics of "polytemporality" that might open up new feminist futures. How might a feminist anthropology offer a path beyond the limits of historicity towards a politics of the future?

Beginning from the standpoint that this topsy turvy historicity is already "inside" legal knowledge, I borrow from my own ethnographic investigations into the temporality of legal knowledge in various locales to propose how the conflict of laws--a technical legal field specifically attuned to the multiple diffusions of space and time--may provide a hopeful refraction of the politics of the past in the present. An interpretation of legal technique informed by anthropological investigations of the temporality of agency offers a different vision of how anthropology might engage with the moral horizons of our time.

Annelise Riles is the Jack G. Clarke Professor of Law in Far East Legal Studies and Professor of Anthropology at Cornell, and she serves as Director of the Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture. Her work focuses on the dimensions of transnational laws, markets and culture that seem to elude ethnographic inquiry on the one hand, and the unique contributions of anthropology to contemporary legal, political and epistemological inquiry on the other. Her most recent book, Collateral Knowledge: Legal Reasoning in the Global Financial Markets (Chicago Press 2011) is based on ten years of fieldwork among regulators and lawyers in the Japanese derivatives markets. Her first book, The Network Inside Out, an ethnography of transnational feminist activism from the vantagepoint of Fiji, won the American Society of International Law's Certificate of Merit for 2000-2002. Her second book, Rethinking the Masters of Comparative Law, is a cultural history of Comparative Law presented through its canonical figures. Her third book, Documents: Artifacts of Modern Knowledge, brings together lawyers, anthropologists, sociologists and historians of science to consider practices of documentation alongside the question of anthropology’s methodological future. Riles also founded and directs Meridian 180, a global community of public intellectuals deploying ethnographic methods to address the politics of the contemporary moment in the Asia-Pacific region.

11:00-15:00 Creative Practice Panel

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This one-day panel centred on a practice as research workshop, through which participants presented and co-created propositions (statements/performances/video/sound), for a creative public anthropology.

12:30-13:30 Book launch, Grand Buffet Hall, Union House
At Home in the Okavango: White Batswana Narratives of Emplacement and Belonging (Berghahn 2015)
By Catie Gressier

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An ethnographic portrayal of the lives of white citizens of the Okavango Delta, Botswana, this book examines their relationships with the natural and social environments of the region. In response to the insecurity of their position as a European-descended minority in a postcolonial African state, Gressier argues that white Batswana have developed cultural values and practices that have allowed them to attain high levels of belonging. Adventure is par for the course for this frontier community, and the book follows their safari lifestyles as they construct and perform localized identities in their interactions with dangerous wildlife, the broader African community, and the global elite via their work in the nature-tourism industry.

This book was launched by Robert K. Hitchcock (University of New Mexico at Albuquerque), and Michèle Dominy (Bard University).

13:30-15:00 AAS Reconciliation Action Plan development workshop, Arts Hall, 2nd Floor, Old Arts

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As part of this year’s annual conference program, the AAS Executive invites conference delegates to participate in a workshop to discuss and contribute to the development of the society’s first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
RAPs are increasingly being used by all kinds of organisations as a way of building stronger and more respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians, with a view to achieving greater levels of social equality.

The AAS Executive feels the time is right to develop our own RAP in order to take a closer look at the current relationship between the discipline of anthropology and Indigenous Australians. Specifically, we are keen to implement strategies that encourage greater uptake of anthropological studies and practice by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and researchers.

The RAP Workshop represents an opportunity for AAS members and other conference delegates—regardless of whether they work with Indigenous Australians or not—to discuss the value of the reconciliation project and contribute to the development of innovative strategies that will open the doors of anthropology to new generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholars.

For more information contact: Pamela McGrath, .

Download the Workshop agenda (PDF) and Workshop notes (PDF).

15:00-15:30 Book launch, Grand Buffet Hall, Union House
Sex and Sexualities in Contemporary Indonesia: Sexual Politics, Health, Diversity, and Representations (Routledge, 2015).
Edited by Linda Rae Bennett and Sharyn Graham Davies

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Awarded the 2015 Ruth Benedict Prize for Outstanding Edited Volume

In its expansive breadth and depth, Sex and Sexualities in Contemporary Indonesia offers a multidisciplinary view of the heterogeneity and complexity of Indonesian sex and sexuality during the upheavals of the Reformasi, or post-Suharto, era. The volume’s analytical richness results in a sophisticated view of sexuality that remains grounded in the multiple and conflicting everyday experiences and perspectives of Indonesians, while offering insights with applicability across the region and beyond.

One of Sex and Sexualities in Contemporary Indonesia’s most important contributions is its inclusive approach to queer anthropology. The volume’s contributors offer an analysis of GLBTI life, politics, and language, but also address how Indonesians negotiate a variety of contexts including heterosexual teen sex work, life with HIV stigma, women’s fertility, polygamous heterosexual  marriage, electoral politics, heteronormative state  regimes, sexual surveillance, public forms of Islam, and the circulation of amateur pornography. This approach to sexuality, fundamentally queer in its aim and scope, reveals how sex itself becomes a generative site for social reproduction and normative disciplining. Careful attention to women’s sexualities, gender, and class also offer a critical counterpoint to earlier studies of queer life and politics. Harnessing an extensive array of ethnography, the volume reflects the collaborative approach and the diversity of its contributors—Indonesian scholars and activists and non-Indonesian anthropologists who have conducted in-depth ethnography in Indonesia. The contributors’ long-term investments in Indonesian society and their ongoing participation in lively debates regarding sex, sexuality, and propriety, often spanning decades, provides a nuanced view of the changes, but also the continuities, that mark the sexual implications of major political and economic transitions in the region.

This book was launched by Gary Dowsett (La Trobe University).

15:30-17:00 Engaging the Public: Making Anthropology Relevant, Old Arts 122 Public Lecture Theatre
Plenary discussion convened by Gerhard Hoffstaedter (University of Queensland), with Greg Downey (Macquarie University), Tess Lea (University of Sydney) and Nancy Scheper-Hughes (University of California,Berkeley)

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‘Anthropology is not innocent’ (Daniel Goldstein) Indeed, our history weighs heavily on our present and future. This plenary discusses the role of anthropology in the media, in our communities (where we work – both in the field and the university) and in the broader public arena. Anthropology as a discipline remains at the margins in many public debates even when we have much relevant data and research to contribute. So, how we can better bring our depth of knowledge to the world and our multiple publics? Can we be activists and researchers, how can we utilise new technologies to communicate with the people we work with and for? We hope you can join us and engage with us to find out some answers to these questions.