What do a prize-winning historian and a globally renowned anthropologist have in common?
The Alfred Deakin Research Institute wishes to welcome two prominent scholars with common interests to its ever-growing family:
Dr Robert Kenny (ADRI member)
Environmental history work on religion and science
Robert Kenny is a scholar and writer with a broad and cross-disciplinary approach and interests. He completed his PhD in History at La Trobe University. In 2006 he was Peter Blazey Fellow at the Australian Centre, University of Melbourne. His prime areas of interest include indigenous, environmental and anthropological histories.
In 2008 he won the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History for The Lamb Enters the Dreaming: Nathanael Pepper and the Ruptured World - a book that deals with the conversion to Christianity of the first tribal Aborigine in Victoria
Professor Bruce Kapferer (Thinker-in-residence)
Anthropological work on religion and ritual
Professor Bruce Kapferer is Professor of Anthropology, University of Bergen, Norway., specialising in social and political processes among communities in South Asia, Southern Africa, and Australia. He is currently expanding his research into state mythologies and their relation to the production of ethnic and political violence. Part of this interest involves study of the state and its current crisis in Australia in the context of globalisation. He is directing a major new project into the interconnections between changes in state political structures, new formations of poverty and the role of corporate institutions in the alleviation of poverty and state organization redirections. This is supported by the HF Guggenheim Foundation.
The contribution of these scholars to the ADRI think tank will be of particular use to one of our Postdoctoral Research Fellows, Dr Gillian G. Tan whose anthropological work on ecology and religion among nomads in eastern Tibet is closely linked to their research.