Dr Jason Gibson



Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research interests

Australian Aboriginal ceremony; the relationships between ethnographic collections and contemporary life; fieldwork and ethnographic method; interculturality, museums and repatriation.


Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islaner Studies

Research Associate, Museums Victoria

Honorary Research Associate, University of Western Australia

Knowledge areas

Anthropology, Aboriginal Studies, History, Indigenous Studies, Museology.


Monash University 'Historical Studies' PhD Prize 2017

Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria’s Alpha Prize, 2017.


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Ceremony Men Making Ethnography and the Return of the Strehlow Collection


(2020), Albany, N.Y., A1


Deciphering Arrernte Archives: The Intermingling of Textual and Living Knowledge

Jason Gibson, Shaun Angeles, Joel Liddle

(2020), pp. 29-45, Archival returns : Central Australia and beyond, Sydney, N.S.W., B1

book chapter

Cultivating the "Proletarian Outlook": towards a history of the left in central Australia, 1920-75

Jason Gibson

(2020), pp. 55-81, Labour History: a journal of labour and social history, Liverpool, Eng., C1

journal article

The last Jeraeil of Gippsland: rediscovering an Aboriginal ceremonial site

Jason Gibson, Russell Mullett

(2020), Vol. 67, pp. 551-577, Ethnohistory, Durham, N.C., C1

journal article

Returning recordings of songs that persist: The Anmatyerr traditions of akiw and anmanty

Jason Gibson

(2019), Vol. 18, pp. 65-89, Archival Returns: Central Australia and Beyond, Honolulu, H.I., B1

book chapter

Ethnographic sound collections and Australian Aboriginal Heritage: Kaytetye song traditions remembered

J Gibson

(2019), Vol. 25, pp. 537-552, International journal of heritage studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

'You're my kwertengerl': transforming models of care for central Australian aboriginal museum collections

J Gibson

(2019), Vol. 34, pp. 240-256, Museum management and curatorship, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

'Factotum and friend': anthropologists, informants and ethnographic exchange in central Australia

J Gibson

(2019), pp. 1-29, History and anthropology, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Conversations on the Frontier: Finding the Dialogic in Nineteenth-century Anthropological Archives

Jason Gibson, Helen Gardner

(2019), Vol. 88, pp. 47-65, History Workshop Journal, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

Capturing histories at Thantyi-wanparda: comparing early and late twentieth century ethnographies in Arabana Territory

J Gibson, L Hercus

(2018), Vol. 42, pp. 175-210, Journal of the Anthropological Society of South Australia, Stepney, S.Aust., C1

journal article

Listening to the Anmatyerr Song Recordings of T.G.H. Strehlow

Jason Gibson

(2018), Vol. 41, pp. 3-15, The Artefact, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article

'Only the best is good enough for eternity': revisiting the ethnography of T. G. H. Strehlow

J Gibson

(2017), pp. 243-271, German Ethnography in Australia, Canberra, A.C.T., B1

book chapter

New possum found!: Photographic influences on Anmatyerr art

J Gibson, J Kean

(2016), Vol. 9, pp. 1-20, electronic Melbourne art journal, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal article

Southern anthropology - a history of Fison and Howitt's Kamilaroi and Kurnai

H Gardner, P McConvell

(2015), Basingstoke, Eng., A1


Central Australian songs: a history and reinterpretation of their distribution through the earliest recordings

J Gibson

(2015), Vol. 85, pp. 165-182, Oceania, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Outback palms: Aboriginal myth meets DNA analysis

D Bowman, J Gibson, T Kondo

(2015), Vol. 520, pp. 33-33, Nature, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Reconstructing the Spencer and Gillen collection online: museums, Indigenous perspectives and the production of cultural knowledge in the digital age

J Gibson, P Batty

(2014), Vol. 5, pp. 29-48, Corpora ethnographica online Strategien der Digitalisierung kultureller Archive und ihrer Präsentation im Internet, Münster, Germany, B1-1

book chapter

Addressing the Arrernte: FJ Gillen's 1896 Engwura speech

J Gibson

(2013), pp. 57-72, Australian Aboriginal studies, Acton, A.C.T., C1-1

journal article

'The ablest Australian anthropologists': two early anthropologists and Oxford

A Petch, J Gibson

(2013), Vol. 5, pp. 60-85, Journal of the anthropological society of Oxford, Oxford, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Howitt & Fison's anthropology: using new methods to reveal hidden riches

A/Prof Helen Gardner, Dr Rachel Hendery, Dr Patrick McConvell, Dr Stephen Morey, Dr Timothy Pilbrow, Mr Paul Paton, Dr Christina Eira, Phillip Batty, Ms Mary Morris, Dr Jason Gibson

ARC Linkage - Projects

  • 2021: $18,181
  • 2019: $75,765
  • 2018: $145,564
  • 2017: $150,193
  • 2016: $61,528

Collecting at the Crossroads: Anthropology, Art & Cultural Change (1939-85)

Dr Jason Gibson, Alistair Paterson, Prof John Carty, Ms Carly Lane

ARC Linkage - Projects

  • 2021: $134,639

Other Public Sector Funding

Howitt & Fison's anthropology: using new methods to reveal hidden riches

A/Prof Helen Gardner, Dr Rachel Hendery, Dr Patrick McConvell, Dr Stephen Morey, Dr Timothy Pilbrow, Mr Paul Paton, Dr Christina Eira, Phillip Batty, Ms Mary Morris, Dr Jason Gibson

  • 2019: $10,000
  • 2018: $10,000
  • 2017: $10,000

Industry and Other Funding

Returning the Birrundudu Drawings

Dr Jason Gibson

  • 2019: $14,157


No completed student supervisions to report