Melinda Hinkson is an Associate Professor of Anthropology. She has wide ranging interests in the faultlines of settler colonial Australia, the governance of indigenous difference, displacement and placemaking practices, and the challenges of coexistence. Much of Melinda's work is informed by long standing research relationships with Warlpiri people of Central Australia as well as an abiding interest in visual culture.
Prior to joining the Alfred Deakin Institute in late 2015, Melinda lectured in social anthropology and interdisciplinary visual culture studies at the Australian National University.Read more on Melinda's profile
Between 2014 and 2018 I was the recipient of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship for a project entitled Place and Displacement in Aboriginal Australia: A Warlpiri Visual Cultural Enquiry. This research explores intersections between modes of governance, displacement, cultures of seeing and creative practice in central Australia and beyond. The first stage of this research was published as Remembering the Future: Warlpiri Life Through the Prism of Drawing (Aboriginal Studies Press 2014) and staged in an associated exhibition for the National Museum of Australia. The second phase resulted in an ethnography of displacement, See How We Roll: Enduring Exile Between Desert and Urban Australia, which will be published in 2021 by Duke University Press.
From 2021 a new research direction examines transformations in people / place relationships between metropolitan and rural settings and considers ideas for regional revitalisation.
My wider research interests include practices of postcolonial placemaking, the politics of intercultural recognition, and person-image relations in contemporary society.
I have published widely on Aboriginal placemaking in Sydney, on the life work of Australian anthropologist WEH Stanner, on Warlpiri cultural production, and on the complex cultural politics of the Northern Territory Emergency Response Intervention.
Director, Institute for Postcolonial Studies
I welcome enquiries from prospective higher degree students on any aspect of my research interests.
Anthropology of Aboriginal Australia
Visual anthropology and visual culture studies
Mediations of social life
History of Australian Anthropology
Fellow, Australian Anthropological Association
Fellow, American Anthropological Association
Fellow, European Association of Social Anthropologists
Member, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Convening Editor, Postcolonial Studies
Arena Publications Editor
Editorial board member: Visual Studies (UK), Visual Ethnography (Italy), Australian Aboriginal Studies, The Australian-Pacific Journal of Anthropology
Australian Research Council Future Fellowship: 'Place and displacement in Aboriginal Australia: A Warlpiri Visual Cultural Enquiry' FT130101280