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Dr Jason Gibson

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Research Fellow, DECRA

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

Alfred Deakin Institute

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Biography summary

Jason has worked extensively with Aboriginal custodians throughout Australia on history, museum, and heritage related projects and conducted detailed fieldwork in central Australia for the past 15 years. His award winning book is Ceremony Men: Making Ethnography and the Return of the Strehlow Collection (2020) examines the making of one of Australia’s most important anthropological collections and its relevance to Anmatyerr and Arrernte people.

Jason has worked as a consultant to a number of government and non-government agencies, and also as a Repatriation Curator with the Melbourne Museum’s First Peoples Department and has taught Indigenous Studies at Monash University. His research explores cross-cultural approaches to custodianship, the history of anthropology, Indigenous cultural heritage management and Central Australian song and ceremonial traditions.

He is the Lead Chief Investigator of the Collecting at the Crossroads: Anthropology, Art and Cultural Change (1939-85) Australian Research Council Linkage Project. This project applies current scholarship on museum collecting practices, art and anthropology to produce a better understanding of one of Australia’s most significant, yet little known, collections of Aboriginal art and culture —the Berndt Museum collection.

Research interests

Museums and repatriation; Australian Aboriginal ceremony; Ethnographic collections; Interculturality; Aboriginal song and ceremony; History of anthropology.

Affiliations

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Council for Museum Anthropology

American Anthropological Association

Australian Historical Association

Australian Anthropological Society

Honorary Research Associate, Museums Victoria

Honorary Research Associate, University of Western Australia

Knowledge areas

Museum studies, ethnographic collections, history of Australian anthropology, Arandic tangible and intangible culture, Aboriginal history.

Awards

2023: Mid Career Researcher Award, Alfred Deakin Institute

2022: Australian Historical Association W.K. Hancock Book Prize

2021: Shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award

2021: Vice-Chancellor's Early Career Researcher Award for Career Excellence

2021: Council of Museum Anthropology Book Award 

2017: Monash University Historical Studies PhD Prize 

2017: Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria’s Alpha Prize

Projects

After the Return: Understanding Aboriginal Engagements with Cultural Collections. (Australian Research Council).

Anmatyerr Shields, Songs and Ceremonies: A Heritage Project for Community and Nation (Indigenous Languages and Arts)

Collecting at the Crossroads: Anthropology, Art and Cultural Change (1939-85) (Australian Research Council Linkage Project)

Returning the Birrundudu Drawings: anthropology and the emergence ofAboriginal art (Berndt Research Foundation)

Using Indigenous Frameworks to Bring Poorly Provenanced International Indigenous Collections Home (with AIATSIS)

Publications

No publications found

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, Mr Alistair Paterson, Prof John Carty, Ms Carly Lane

ARC Linkage - Projects

  • 2023: $85,263
  • 2022: $220,042
  • 2021: $191,823

After the return: Understanding Re-engagements with Aboriginal Collections

Dr Jason Gibson

ARC DECRA - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

  • 2024: $45,163
  • 2023: $158,767
  • 2022: $148,444

Anmatyerr Shields, Songs and Ceremonies: a heritage project for community and nation.

Dr Jason Gibson

DITRD&C Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) Program

  • 2022: $98,200

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

Museum Victoria

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

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

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

South Australian Museum

  • 2023: $6,000
  • 2022: $12,000

Using Indigenous Frameworks to Bring Poorly Provenanced International Indigenous Collections Home.

Dr Jason Gibson

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Indigenous Research Exchange Grant

  • 2023: $100,013
  • 2022: $250,017

Industry and Other Funding

Returning the Birrundudu Drawings

Dr Jason Gibson

Berndt Research Foundation

  • 2019: $14,157

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2023

Beatrice Harris

Thesis entitled: Negotiating Colonial Legacies: Museums and the Production of Moral Unsettlement

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences