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Dr Jason Gibson

STAFF PROFILE

Position

DECRA Research Fellow

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

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

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

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

Awards

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

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

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

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)

Publications

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2021

Aboriginal secret-sacred objects, their values and future prospects

Jason Gibson

(2021), pp. 103-122, Museums, Societies and the Creation of Value, London, Eng., B1

book chapter
2020

Ceremony Men Making Ethnography and the Return of the Strehlow Collection

Jason GIBSON

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

book

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
2019

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

Returning Recordings of Songs That Persist: The Anmatyerr Traditions of Anmanty and Akiw

Jason Gibson

(2019), Vol. 18, pp. 65-89, Archival Returns: Central Australia and Beyond, Honolulu & Sydney, 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
2018

Capturing histories at Thantyi-Wanparda: Comparing early and late twentieth century ethnographies in Arabana territory, South Australia

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
2017

'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
2016

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
2015

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
2014

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
2013

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 Stephen Morey, Dr Patrick McConvell, 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

  • 2022: $83,618
  • 2021: $191,823

After the return: Understanding Re-engagements with Aboriginal Collections

Dr Jason Gibson

ARC DECRA - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

  • 2022: $65,315

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

Dr Jason Gibson

DITRD&C Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) Program

  • 2022: $48,470

Other Public Sector Funding

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

A/Prof Helen Gardner, Dr Rachel Hendery, Dr Stephen Morey, Dr Patrick McConvell, 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

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

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

  • 2022: $12,000

Industry and Other Funding

Returning the Birrundudu Drawings

Dr Jason Gibson

  • 2019: $14,157

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report