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A/Prof. Melinda Hinkson

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Professor (Research)

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

Alfred Deakin Institute

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Contact

Biography

Melinda Hinkson is Associate Professor (Research) and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow based in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. She is a social anthropologist with wide ranging interests in visual culture. Her current research centres on the governance of Indigenous difference and post-colonial placemaking and builds on long term research with Warlpiri people of Central Australia.

Prior to joining the Alfred Deakin Institute in late 2015 Melinda was based at the Australian National University where she taught courses in the history of anthropological theory, anthropology of media and visual anthropology and convened a masters program in interdisciplinary visual studies. 

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Research interests

I am a social anthropologist with wide ranging interests in visual culture. My current research explores intersections between modes of governance, cultures of seeing and creative practice in central Australia. The first stage of this project resulted in my book Remembering the Future: Warlpiri Life Through the Prism of Drawing (Aboriginal Studies Press 2014) and an associated exhibition for the National Museum of Australia. The next phase of the fellowship project explores the turbulence of displacement.

Wider research interests include postcolonial placemaking, the politics of intercultural recognition and the conceptualisation of person-image relations in contemporary society.

I have also published on Aboriginal placemaking in Sydney, on the life work of Australian anthropologist WEH Stanner, and on the complex cultural politics around the Northern Territory Emergency Response Intervention. 

Affiliations

Associate Director (Academic Programs), Institute for Postcolonial Studies

Visiting Fellow, School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Australian National University

Teaching interests

I welcome enquiries from prospective higher degree students on any aspect of my research interests.

Knowledge areas

Anthropology of Aboriginal Australia

Visual anthropology and visual culture studies

Mediations of social life

Postcolonial placemaking

History of Australian Anthropology

Professional activities

Fellow, Australian Anthropological Association

Fellow, American Anthropological Association

Member, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Co-Editor, Arena Journal

Editorial board member: Visual Studies (UK), Visual Ethnography (Italy), Australian Aboriginal Studies, The Australian-Pacific Journal of Anthropology

Image Editor and Consulting Editor, Arena Magazine

Projects

Australian Research Council Future Fellowship: 'Place and displacement in Aboriginal Australia: A Warlpiri Visual Cultural Enquiry' FT130101280

Publications

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2018

Beyond the hot take

M Hinkson

(2018), pp. 1-1, Cultural anthropology, Washington, D.C., C1

journal

Indigenous media

M Hinkson

(2018), pp. 3207-3216, The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, Sussex, UK, B1

chapter

In and out of place: ethnography as 'journeying with' between central and South Australia

M Hinkson

(2018), Vol. 88, pp. 254-268, Oceania, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal

Shifting Indigenous Australian realities: dispersal, damage, and resurgence: introduction

M Hinkson, E Vincent

(2018), Vol. 88, pp. 240-253, Oceania, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal

Turbulent dislocations in Central Australia: exile, placemaking, and the promises of elsewhere

Melinda Hinkson

(2018), Vol. 45, pp. 521-532, American ethnologist, Washington, D.C., C1

journal
2017

Beyond assimilation and refusal: a Warlpiri perspective on the politics of recognition

M Hinkson

(2017), Vol. 20, pp. 86-100, Postcolonial studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

Unsettling encounters

M Hinkson

(2017), Vol. 23, pp. 879-881, International journal of heritage studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

At the edges of the visual culture of exile: a glimpse from South Australia

M Hinkson

(2017), pp. 93-104, Refiguring techniques in digital visual research, Cham, Swizerland, B1

chapter

Precarious placemaking

M Hinkson

(2017), Vol. 46, pp. 49-64, Annual review of anthropology, Palo Alto, Calif., C1

journal

'We have always moved around'. Backstories on Warlpiri mobility and media

M Hinkson

(2017), pp. 19-38, Bush mechanics: from Yuendumu to the world, Mile End, S. Aust., B1

chapter
2016

'That photo in my heart': remembering Yayayi and self-determination

M Hinkson

(2016), Vol. 27, pp. 386-397, Australian journal of anthropology, London, Eng., C1

journal

Pictures for our time and place: reflections on painting in a digital age

M Hinkson

(2016), pp. 37-57, Imaging identity: media, memory and portraiture in the digital age, Acton, A.C.T., B1

chapter

Making Aboriginal Men and music in central Australia

M Hinkson

(2016), Vol. 27, pp. 414-415, Australian journal of anthropology, London, Eng., C1

journal
2014

Remembering the future : Warlpiri life through the prism of drawing

M Hinkson

(2014), Canberra, ACT, A1-1

book

Warlpiri drawings : Remembering the future

M Hinkson

(2014), National Museum of Australia, Canberra, J1-1

works
2013

Back to the future: Warlpiri encounters with drawings, country and others in the digital age

M Hinkson

(2013), Vol. 54, pp. 301-317, Culture, theory and critique, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal
2012

Image-encounters with the techno-mediated other: Regarding post-election Iran on Youtube

M Hinkson

(2012), Vol. 16, pp. 131-143, Angelaki: journal of the theoretical humanities, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal
2010

Culture crisis: anthropology and politics in Aboriginal Australia

J Altman, M Hinkson

(2010), Sydney, N.S.W., A1-1

book

Seeing more than black and white: picturing Aboriginality at Australia's National Portrait Gallery

M Hinkson

(2010), Vol. 49, pp. 5-28, Australian humanities review, Acton, A.C.T., C1-1

journal

Australia's Bill Henson scandal: notes on the new cultural attitude to images

M Hinkson

(2010), Vol. 24, pp. 202-213, Visual studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal
2005

The intercultural challenge of Stanner's first fieldwork

M Hinkson

(2005), Vol. 75, pp. 195-208, Oceania, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal

Introduction: conceptual moves towards an intercultural analysis

M Hinkson, B Smith

(2005), Vol. 75, pp. 157-166, Oceania, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal
2004

What's in a dedication? On being a Warlpiri DJ

M Hinkson

(2004), Vol. 15, pp. 143-162, Australian journal of anthropology, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal
2003

Encounters with Aboriginal sites in metropolitan Sydney: a broadening horizon for cultural tourism?

M Hinkson

(2003), Vol. 11, pp. 295-306, Journal of sustainable tourism, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal
2002

New media projects at Yuendumu: inter-cultural engagement and self-determination in an era of accelerated globalization

M Hinkson

(2002), Vol. 16, pp. 201-220, Continuum: journal of media & cultural studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Place and displacement in Aboriginal Australia: a Warlpiri visual cultural enquiry

A/Prof Melinda Hinkson

ARC Fellowships - Future Fellowships

  • 2017: $87,641
  • 2016: $446,958

Supervisions

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