Professor Amanda Kearney

Matthew Flinders Fellow

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Research expertise

Amanda's research is distinguished by a two decade long commitment to collaboration and ethnographic fieldwork with Indigenous families and their communities in Australia. Her research speciality is cultural wounding, healing and interculturalism in Australia.

Research expertise

Amanda's research is distinguished by a two decade long commitment to collaboration and ethnographic fieldwork with Indigenous families and their communities in Australia. Her research speciality is cultural wounding, healing and interculturalism in Australia.

place Humanities Building
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Amanda is an Australian anthropologist, whose academic career has been informed by the disciplines of cultural geography, hertiage and ethnic studies. Her career is distinguished by a near 20 year committment to ethnographic fieldwork and collaborative research with Aboriginal communities in northern Australia and New South Wales. The particularity of her theoretical innovations around contemporary race relations and Indigenous lived experiences in Australia, born of collaborative fieldwork, defines her professional standing as a leader of praxis based and applied Australian and Indigenous Studies, and Anthropology. Her research is addressing themes of Indigenous experience, ways of knowing, land rights and the prevailing impact of settler colonial violence on Indigenous lives and lands and waters. Her research has developed with the kind support of Yanyuwa families, the Indigenous owners of land and sea in the southwest Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia. Since 2008 Amanda has also undertken research in Brazil on the rise of affirmative action movements, racial quotas, and African Brazilian cultural expressions.

Qualifications

Ph.D, University of Melbourne, 2005

Bachelor of Arts, Honours, University of Queensland, 1998

Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland, 1997

Key responsibilities

Amanda is a Matthew Flinders Fellow, a research intensive role.

Research expertise
Anthropology
Australian Studies
Culture
Identity/ethnicity/nationalism
Indigenous identity
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: 160104, 200201 (2)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Abraham Bradfield

Ph.D -

Philip Adgemis

Ph.D -

Publications
Expert for media contact
Affirmative action
Anthropology
Australia
Culture
Indigenous Australia
Race relations
Colonisation
Cross-cultural Australia
Cultural conflict & healing
Ethnicity
Interculturalism
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Media expertise
  • Affirmative action
  • Anthropology
  • Australia
  • Culture
  • Indigenous Australia
  • Race relations
Interests
  • Colonisation
  • Cross-cultural Australia
  • Cultural conflict & healing
  • Ethnicity
  • Interculturalism
Further information

Amanda's current ARC funded projects include,

Investigating the impacts and future of land rights and land resitution - DP190101522 (with Prof John Bradley, Monash University) 2019-2021

More than artefacts: Contemporary Indigenous relationships to rock art - DP170101083 (with Profs Liam Brady & John Bradley, Monash University and Prof Karen Steelman, US) 2017-2020