ANU Press Monographs in Anthropology

The Monographs in Anthropology series offers an opportunity to publish innovative works of theory and ethnography from the Asia-Pacific region. To date, our titles have included studies on such topics as self-determination, mobility, temporality, ritual performance, music, connections to land, ethnic identity, and masculinity. All books are published Open Access and free to download. Check here.

ANU Press’ Monographs in Anthropology series is proud to announce the following publications:


Information listed below will be of interest primarily to ANU Anthropology staff and postgraduate students. If you would like regular updates on anthropology news and events please sign up to the email account here.

Anthropology Induction Day for New Postgraduate Students

Every year new PhD students are welcomed to the graduate program in Anthropology at an Induction Day event. The date and time of this event is announced in March every year. There will be a focus on the first year of the anthropology PhD program as well as the experiences of students then and afterwards. This includes cross-campus activities which have been organised and run within the cross-college Anthropology network, such as the PhD-level courses in Anthropological Theory and Methodology, the Anthropology weekly seminar series and the thesis writing workshops.

Annual Anthropology Retreat to Kioloa

The annual anthropology retreat to Kioloa is held between May-June every year. For many years now the Anthropological community at ANU has had one of the most successful cross-campus HDR networks, the major players in which are CHL Anthropology and the Anthropologists in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology in CASS. The point of these retreats has been to allow the incoming anthropology students in CASS and CAP to interact with each other and with staff and upper level HDR students, both informally and in a series of structured workshop sessions on topics such as ‘Preparing for Fieldwork’, ‘The transition to writing’ and ‘From PhD towards career’. We highly encourage all staff and students to attend.

 ANU Anthropology Photography Exhibition 

Since 2014, postgraduate students have organised a photography exhibition celebrating the work of students and staff from their fieldwork. This annual exhibition provides a window into the beauty and dynamics of ethnographic inquiry, highlighting the multiplicity and diversity of research that anthropologists use in their work. The photographs are diverse, telling stories about a changing world and moments caught at the crossroads of different influences, generations, traditions and cultures. It is a way for ANU’s anthropologists to communicate their research visually and an opportunity for those outside the discipline to gain an insight into the richness and diversity of the human experience. For information about previous exhibitions see here and here.


Anthropology Seminar Series

Anthropology at ANU has a long tradition of running seminars for the academic community. There are two weekly seminars: Mondays for academic staff (faculty and visitors), and Fridays for PhD students. The presentations at these seminars are always interesting and often exciting, representing the cutting-edge, in-development and as-yet unpublished ideas and work of your colleagues.

HDR students are expected, as much as possible, to attend both seminars. In part, this is about the commitment you make as a PhD candidate. A PhD is not just about your own research project; you should also participate in and contribute to the discipline of Anthropology at ANU, by supporting your fellow students in their endeavours, by engaging critically and generously with others’ research and ideas, and essentially, being an active part of this research community.


Every Monday between 3-4pm during, anthropology staff and students gather online for the anthropology seminar series.

It is online, FREE and open to all, registration not required

Timing: Mondays 3-4 pm Canberra time

Via Zoom: 

Meeting ID: 937 9210 4939

Passcode: 800615

Convenors: Yasmine Musharbash and Matt Tomlinson

15 March: Oona Paredes, University of California–Los Angeles
Founders and Settlers: Unpacking Indigeneity among the Higaunon Lumad in

22 March: Alex Golub, University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa
Whose ‘Failed State?’: Connecting Contemporary Law and Order Issues in Enga
Province To Its Colonial Past

29 March: Tess Lea, University of Sydney

19 April: Benjamin Hegarty, University of Melbourne
The State-Issued ‘Identity Card’ as Visual Medium in Postauthoritarian Indonesia

3 May: Ilana Gershon, Indiana University
Put Your Mask On!: Contractual Sociality at Work in the Pandemic
(Special start time: 2 pm)

10 May: Alice Rudge, University College London
The Known and the Unknown: Sensing Others in the Batek’s Forest, Malaysia
(Special start time: 4pm)

17 May: Lawrence Gross, University of Redlands
Post Apocalypse Stress Syndrome in the Age of COVID-19

24 May: Philip Fountain, Victoria University–Wellington
Humanitarian Confessions: Ethnography, Autobiography and the Locations of
Religion in Aidland

2 August: Malini Sur, Western Sydney University
Jungle Passports: Fences, Mobility and Citizenship at the Northeast India-
Bangladesh Border

9 August: Courtney Handman, University of Texas–Austin
Unnatural Languages: Conversion, Deception, and the Colonial Limits of the Human

16 August: Carlos MondragĂłn, Colegio de MĂŠxico
Of Winds, Worms and Fertility: The Meci Festival in Timor-Leste

23 August: Caroline Schuster, Australian National University
Weedy Finance: Insurance and the Quest for Parameters on Unstable Grounds

30 August: Joanne Thurman, Australian National University

Warlpiri Materiality

20 September: Arzoo Osanloo, University of Washington

27 September: Andrea Ballestero, Rice University
Expanding the Social World Downwards: Aquifers and Post-Extractivist Futures in
Costa Rica

11 October: Eve Vincent, Macquarie University
Look After Them?: Life on Welfare in Australia Today

18 October: Webb Keane, University of Michigan
The Ethical, the Political, and the Moral Economy
(Special start time: 12 pm)

25 October: Holly High, Deakin University
“Can You Policy”? Policy as a Verb in Lao PDR


PhD seminar series

Every Friday between 3-5pm, during the semester, anthropology staff and students gather together for the HDR student seminar series. This seminar is located in the Milgate Room of the AD Hope Building. The calendar for Friday seminar slots can be viewed here. For all related communication please email

 Masterclasses, Workshops, Special Lectures and other Events

These events will be listed on the ‘news and info’ page as information becomes available and as they are planned. Check back regularly for updates.

Other Resources

The Australian Anthropology Society

The Australian Anthropological Society (AAS) is a valuable resource. It seeks to advance anthropology as a professional discipline, promote its responsible use in the service of humankind, and support professional training and practice in anthropology. Through the Annual Conference, The Australian Journal of Anthropology (TAJA), The Q Newsletter, the AAS Discussion Forum, and the affiliated Australian Network of Student Anthropologists (ANSA), the Society provides forums for anthropologists to engage in theoretical and methodological debates. Check out their website for the latest on News and Announcements, Upcoming Events, and the Jobs Listing:

Decanonizing Anthropology

This student-led syllabus project offers several in-class activities for the project of “decanonizing anthropology,” and overviews the work of ten theorists whose contributions to anthropology should be acknowledged and celebrated. Available here on the Footnotes blog site:

Navigating the Field

Built by Siobhan McDonnell (ANU) and Annie McCarthy (UC), Navigating the Field is an online web resource for graduate students. The website consists of a series of modules and readings designed to help prepare students for fieldwork. Available here: