Professor Amanda Kearney


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Research Biography

Amanda is an Australian anthropologist, whose academic career has been informed by the disciplines of cultural geography, heritage and ethnic studies. Her career is distinguished by a 20 year commitment 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.

Research Interests

  • Socio Cultural Anthropology
  • Indigenous Cultures
  • Land Rights
  • Place and violence
  • Brazil
  • Land Activism


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Research Output

A rare miniature and small-scale stencil assemblage from the Gulf of Carpentaria: replication and meaning in Australian rock art

Brady, L., Bradley, J., Kearney, A. & Wesley, D., 1 Jun 2020, In : Antiquity. 94, 375, p. 780-796 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Friday Essay - Voices from the bush: how lockdown affects remote Indigenous communities differently

    Smith, C., Kearney, A., Kotarba, A., Wilson, C., Grant, J., Pollard, K. & Saikia, U., 15 May 2020, The Conversation 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

    Open Access
  • Introduction: The Scene for a Reflexive Practice

    Kearney, A. & Bradley, J., 2020, Reflexive Ethnographic Practice: Three generations of researchers in one place. Kearney, A. & Bradley, J. (eds.). Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 1-38

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Mobility of Mind: can we change our epistemic habit through sustained ethnographic encounters

    Kearney, A., 11 Mar 2020, Reflexive Ethnographic Practice: three generations of researchers in one place. Kearney, A. & Bradley, J. (eds.). 1st ed. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 65-94 30 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter