Dr Ute Eickelkamp

ARC Future Fellow

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Ute Eickelkamp is an anthropologist whose research and teaching is in the fields of cultural and social theory, philosophical anthropology, environmental humanities, psychoanalysis, childhood, art, Aboriginal Australian cultures and thought, and spatial imagination and practices. She has conducted ethnographic research with Anangu families since 1995, most recently on emergent ideas of nature and life in relationship to the Dreaming and Anangu Christianity. With a comparative eye to developments in the greater Sydney region, Ute is currently developing a collaborative study of postindustrial selves and ecological transformation in Germany’s former coal mining hub, the Ruhr Metropolis, where industrial cultural heritage and wilderness co-exist. Here efforts are underway to restore land and society alike, by hosting the 2027 International Garden Expo across the entire polycentric region, and by re-making Europe’s largest open sewer into the clean river it once was.

Teaching and supervision

Reflecting an abiding focus on aesthetics and imagination, Ute’s innovative teaching on the cultural construction of spaces for sustainable living draws on comparative cosmology, art and design theory and practice, infant and child development, and critical social analysis. Art, nature and the city, and the nexus of planning and open organic processes of designing by living, will be highlights of her future research, supervision and teaching, building on her currently taught unit, The Social Production of Space, and a proposed Online Learning Environment unit (OLE), Anthropology and Urban Design, as well as an Industry and Community Project Unit concerned with the social integration of a green area in Glebe

Qualifications

2001

Ph.D. in Social Anthropology (Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg).

Thesis title: Pitjantjatjara women’s art at Ernabella: genesis and transformations

2009 Graduate Diploma in Infant and Parent Mental Health (University of Melbourne)
1992

Magister Artium in Social Anthropology (Free University Berlin).

Thesis title: Aspects of culture transmission in Central Australia: Qualitative thinking and spatial orientation in Aranda society

Fellowships/Awards

2012 - 2017 Future Fellowship
Australian Research Council, competitive research grant
2016 - 2017 University of Sydney DVCR Bridging Fellowship
2005 -2009 Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship
Australian Research Council, competitive research grant

Symposia and Workshops Convened

  • The Nexus of Life: Ecological Crisis and Creative Understanding, Sydney Environment Institute & FCRS interdisciplinary symposium, with Luke Fischer and Harriet Johnson, 1 September 2017.
  • Placing Spirit, Minding the World: Towards an Intercultural Ethic of Care. Anthropology interdisciplinary workshop, Alice Springs, 18–20 April 2017.
  • Traditional Knowledge: Emergent Forms and Meanings. Sydney Anthropology workshop, 10 October 2013.
  • Young Lives, Changing Times: Perspectives on Social Reproduction. Sydney Anthropology Symposium, with Prof Gillian Cowlishaw, 8–9 June 2011.
  • Imagining Childhood: Children, Culture and Community. Charles Darwin University, international symposium, with Prof Gary Robinson, Alice Springs, 23–25 September 2005.

Links to Publications

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2016

  • Bridging Support Fellowship-Eickelkamp; Eickelkamp U; DVC Research/Bridging Support Fellowship.

2012

  • Cultural resilience and changing selves in Central Australia: towards an Indigenous ontology; Eickelkamp U; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Future Fellowships (FT).

2011

  • Changing Aesthetics at Ernabella: Life, Knowledge and Experience in the Art of Tjunkaya Tapaya; Eickelkamp U; Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies./Research Grants Program.

Selected publications

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Edited Books

  • Eickelkamp, U., Cowlishaw, G. (2012). Young Lives, Changing Times: Perspectives on Social Reproduction. Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Eickelkamp, U. (2011). Growing Up in Central Australia: New Anthropological Studies of Aboriginal Childhood and Adolescence. New York: Berghahn Books.
  • Robinson, G., Eickelkamp, U., Goodnow, J., Katz, I. (2008). Contexts of Child Development: Culture, Policy and Intervention. Darwin, Australia: Charles Darwin University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Eickelkamp, U. (2016). From good meat to endangered species: Indigenising nature in Australia's Western Desert and in Germany's Ruhr District. In Jonathan Paul Marshall, Linda H. Connor (Eds.), Environmental Change and the World's Futures: Ecologies, Ontologies and Mythologies, (pp. 161-177). Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Eickelkamp, U. (2014). Specters of Reality: Mamu in the Eastern Western Desert of Australia. In Yasmine Musharbash, Geir Henning Presterudstuen (Eds.), Monster Anthropology in Australasia and Beyond, (pp. 57-73). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Eickelkamp, U. (2011). Language is My Second Skin: Speaking and Dreaming between Germany and Central Australia. In Craig San Roque, Amanda Dowd, David Tacey (Eds.), Placing Psyche: Exploring Cultural Complexes in Australia, (pp. 173-194). New Orleans: Spring Journal Books.
  • Eickelkamp, U. (2011). Sand Storytelling - Its Social Meaning in Anangu Children's Lives. In Ute Eickelkamp (Eds.), Growing Up in Central Australia: New Anthropological Studies of Aboriginal Childhood and Adolescence, (pp. 103-130). New York: Berghahn Books.
  • Eickelkamp, U. (2008). 'I don't talk story like that': on the social meaning of children's sand stories at Ernabella. In Jane Simpson, Gillian Wigglesworth (Eds.), Childrens Language and Multilingualism: Indigenous Language Use at Home and School, (pp. 79-99). London: Continuum.
  • Eickelkamp, U. (2008). Play, imagination and early experience: sand storytelling and continuity of being among Anangu Pitjantjatjara girls. In Robinson G, Eickelkamp U, Goodnow J, Katz I (Eds.), Contexts of Child Development: Culture, Policy and Intervention, (pp. 138-152). Darwin, Australia: Charles Darwin University Press.
  • Eickelkamp, U. (2005). We Make Lines, Follow this Direction, Then I Look and go the Other Way: Excerpts from an Ethnography of the Aesthetic Imagination of the Pitjantjatjara. In Heyd, T and Clegg, J (Eds.), Aesthetics and Rock Art, (pp. 143-158). Burlington, USA: Ashgate.

Journals

  • Eickelkamp, U. (2017). Finding spirit: Ontological monism in an Australian Aboriginal desert world today. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 7(1), 235-264. [More Information]
  • Eickelkamp, U. (2014). Dingo, Monster, Rabbit, "I": Personal and Cultural Meanings in Sand Stories by a Young Girl, Central Australia. American Imago: psychoanalysis and the human sciences, 71(2), 99-129. [More Information]
  • Eickelkamp, U. (2014). Formalizing the Interpersonal in Anthropological Field Research. Clio's Psyche: Understanding the "Why" of Culture, Current Events, History, and Society, 20(4), 412-417.
  • Eickelkamp, U. (2011). Agency and Structure in the Life-World of Aboriginal Children in Central Australia. Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 502-508. [More Information]
  • Eickelkamp, U. (2011). Changing Selves in Remote Australia? Observations on Aboriginal Family Life, Childhood and 'Modernisation'. Anthropological Forum, 21(2), 131-151. [More Information]
  • Eickelkamp, U. (2010). Children and Youth in Aboriginal Australia: An Overview of the Literature. Anthropological Forum, 20(2), 147-166. [More Information]
  • Eickelkamp, U. (2008). (Re)presenting experience: a comparison of Australian Aboriginal children's sand play in two settings. International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 5(1), 23-50. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Eickelkamp, U. (2012). Introduction. Young Lives, Changing Times: Perspectives on Social Reproduction, Sydney: University of Sydney.

Reference Works

  • Eickelkamp, U. (2013). Roheim, Geza. In RJ McGee and RL Warms (Eds.), Theory in social and cultural anthropology: an Encyclopedia. (Vol. 2, pp. 712-714). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.

2017

  • Eickelkamp, U. (2017). Finding spirit: Ontological monism in an Australian Aboriginal desert world today. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 7(1), 235-264. [More Information]

2016

  • Eickelkamp, U. (2016). From good meat to endangered species: Indigenising nature in Australia's Western Desert and in Germany's Ruhr District. In Jonathan Paul Marshall, Linda H. Connor (Eds.), Environmental Change and the World's Futures: Ecologies, Ontologies and Mythologies, (pp. 161-177). Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]

2014

  • Eickelkamp, U. (2014). Dingo, Monster, Rabbit, "I": Personal and Cultural Meanings in Sand Stories by a Young Girl, Central Australia. American Imago: psychoanalysis and the human sciences, 71(2), 99-129. [More Information]
  • Eickelkamp, U. (2014). Formalizing the Interpersonal in Anthropological Field Research. Clio's Psyche: Understanding the "Why" of Culture, Current Events, History, and Society, 20(4), 412-417.
  • Eickelkamp, U. (2014). Specters of Reality: Mamu in the Eastern Western Desert of Australia. In Yasmine Musharbash, Geir Henning Presterudstuen (Eds.), Monster Anthropology in Australasia and Beyond, (pp. 57-73). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]

2013

  • Eickelkamp, U. (2013). Roheim, Geza. In RJ McGee and RL Warms (Eds.), Theory in social and cultural anthropology: an Encyclopedia. (Vol. 2, pp. 712-714). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.

2012

  • Eickelkamp, U. (2012). Introduction. Young Lives, Changing Times: Perspectives on Social Reproduction, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Eickelkamp, U., Cowlishaw, G. (2012). Young Lives, Changing Times: Perspectives on Social Reproduction. Sydney: University of Sydney.

2011

  • Eickelkamp, U. (2011). Agency and Structure in the Life-World of Aboriginal Children in Central Australia. Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 502-508. [More Information]
  • Eickelkamp, U. (2011). Changing Selves in Remote Australia? Observations on Aboriginal Family Life, Childhood and 'Modernisation'. Anthropological Forum, 21(2), 131-151. [More Information]
  • Eickelkamp, U. (2011). Growing Up in Central Australia: New Anthropological Studies of Aboriginal Childhood and Adolescence. New York: Berghahn Books.
  • Eickelkamp, U. (2011). Language is My Second Skin: Speaking and Dreaming between Germany and Central Australia. In Craig San Roque, Amanda Dowd, David Tacey (Eds.), Placing Psyche: Exploring Cultural Complexes in Australia, (pp. 173-194). New Orleans: Spring Journal Books.
  • Eickelkamp, U. (2011). Sand Storytelling - Its Social Meaning in Anangu Children's Lives. In Ute Eickelkamp (Eds.), Growing Up in Central Australia: New Anthropological Studies of Aboriginal Childhood and Adolescence, (pp. 103-130). New York: Berghahn Books.

2010

  • Eickelkamp, U. (2010). Children and Youth in Aboriginal Australia: An Overview of the Literature. Anthropological Forum, 20(2), 147-166. [More Information]

2008

  • Eickelkamp, U. (2008). 'I don't talk story like that': on the social meaning of children's sand stories at Ernabella. In Jane Simpson, Gillian Wigglesworth (Eds.), Childrens Language and Multilingualism: Indigenous Language Use at Home and School, (pp. 79-99). London: Continuum.
  • Eickelkamp, U. (2008). (Re)presenting experience: a comparison of Australian Aboriginal children's sand play in two settings. International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 5(1), 23-50. [More Information]
  • Robinson, G., Eickelkamp, U., Goodnow, J., Katz, I. (2008). Contexts of Child Development: Culture, Policy and Intervention. Darwin, Australia: Charles Darwin University Press.
  • Eickelkamp, U. (2008). Play, imagination and early experience: sand storytelling and continuity of being among Anangu Pitjantjatjara girls. In Robinson G, Eickelkamp U, Goodnow J, Katz I (Eds.), Contexts of Child Development: Culture, Policy and Intervention, (pp. 138-152). Darwin, Australia: Charles Darwin University Press.

2005

  • Eickelkamp, U. (2005). We Make Lines, Follow this Direction, Then I Look and go the Other Way: Excerpts from an Ethnography of the Aesthetic Imagination of the Pitjantjatjara. In Heyd, T and Clegg, J (Eds.), Aesthetics and Rock Art, (pp. 143-158). Burlington, USA: Ashgate.

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