Dr Ase Ottosson

A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

As a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, I specialise in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary life worlds, with particular interest in expressive culture (popular music, performance), gender (incl. masculinities), Indigenous-settler relations, and forms of belonging in urban and small town settings.

I previously taught anthropology in contemporary and pre-colonial Indigenous Australian societies and cultures at the Australia National University’s School of Archaeology and Anthropology (2008), and anthropology of gender and sexuality at the Stockholm University Department of Social Anthropology (2002-03). I have taught and developed undergraduate courses in the social sciences and policy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE) and the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Education(ACIKE) in the Northern Territory (2009-2012).

My current research explores how Indigenous and non-Indigenous people from a diversity of backgrounds enact and understand their differences and similarities in their day to day lives in the town of Alice Springs, where I have lived since the year 2000, conducting research and working with Indigenous people and organisations across Central Australia.

Originally from Sweden, I emigrated to Australia in 1989. I worked as an international journalist and correspondent for print, radio and television media for 14 years, specialising in human rights, international development and gender politics in South and South-East Asia, before I moved into academia and social anthropology.

For a list of my publications, presentations and fieldworks, please click ‘Curriculum Vitae” above.

Research interests

My research in the ARC funded Discovery project (2012-2015) Inside Alice Springs: a new view of difference, division and diversity (DP120100960) is based on field research in Alice Springs, Central Australia. It explores how non-Indigenous and Indigenous people from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds enact and experience their differences and similarities in day to day interactions and activities, and in their use of town space. A main focus is on the previously under-examined and ethnically diverse non-Aboriginal majority, and how their practices, interests and values shape, and are reshaped in, everyday interactions and relations in town.

My doctoral research (2000-2006) concerned the articulation of masculinity and Aboriginality in the social world of music making in Central Australia. It involved following Aboriginal country, rock and reggae music makers (mainly men aged 25-80 years old, from a number of different language groups and places) as they composed, performed and recorded music in many diverse sociocultural and geographic settings. A main conceptual theme was how non-ancestral music practices and expressions have become important for mediating ancestral and contemporary modes of Aboriginal manhood.

I conducted applied research as a staff anthropologist at the Central Land Council (2006-2008), with responsibility for a vast region south of Alice Springs. I produced advice and research reports on Aboriginal people’s ancestral and contemporary connections to country and people, in relation to mining and oil/gas exploration and joint management of national parks and reserves. I produced the Anthropologist’s Report for a successful land claim at Titjikala south of Alice Springs.

Previously, I conducted field research in different ethnic and language groups in Uganda for my Master’s Degree and Thesis in Applied Anthropology, and for consultancy reports on local decision making, gender politics, regional conflict, democracy and human rights in Uganda.

Theoretically, my main interests are within the field of everyday intercultural processes and practices, music and expressive culture, ethnic and gendered identify formation, and the anthropology of space and place. Currently, I’m especially interested in developing new ways of conceptualising the complexity of day to day life and relations in regional service towns. I see them as especially important, but often overlooked, urban settings for research that can expand our understanding of interactions between, and the reorganisation and transformation of relations among, Indigenous and non-Indigenous people from a diversity of backgrounds, social locations and life orientations.

Teaching and supervision

In Semester 2, 2014, I teach the course ‘Reading ethnography’, (ANTH3602). I am interested in supervising anthropological research projects concerning Indigenous life worlds, Indigenous-settler relations, popular music and expressive culture, gender/masculinity and sexuality, ethnicity/race, and notions of place and space.

Current projects

I’m a Senior Research Associate in the ARC funded Discovery project (2012-2015) Inside Alice Springs: a new view of difference, division and diversity (DP120100960).

Associations

Member or Fellow of:

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Australian Anthropological Society
  • International Association for the Study of Popular Music
  • International Council for Traditional Music

Awards and honours

  • 2011 Publication Prize International Association for the Study of Popular Music-ANZ
  • 2010 Publication Prize International Association for the Study of Popular Music-ANZ
  • 2008 Nominated for the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence at the Australian National University

In the media

Two part special on my research in Alice Springs, and anthropological approaches to national identity and cultural diversity, in relation to 2014 Australia Day. Broadcast Jan 28, 2014, Radio Adelaide 101.5 FM.

Selected grants

2012

  • Inside Alice Springs: a new view of difference, division and diversity; Ottosson A; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Ottosson, A. (2015). Holding on to Country: Musical Moorings for Desired Masulinities in Aboriginal Australia (forthcoming). In Pecknold, D. and McCusker, M. (Eds.), A Boy Named Sue: Gender and Country Music. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.
  • Ottosson, A. (2013). Performing Aboriginal Places in White Town. In Stahl, G. and Gyde, A. (Eds.), IASPM 2009, (pp. 330-342). Liverpool, UK: International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM).

Journals

  • Ottosson, A. (2014). Fitting Hats: Rich Indigenous Musical Lives and Narrow Scholarly Frames. Journal of World Popular Music.
  • Ottosson, A. (2014). To Know One's Place: Belonging and Differentiation in Alice Springs Town. Anthropological Forum.
  • Ottosson, A. (2012). The intercultural crafting of real Aboriginal country and manhood in Central Australia. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 23(2), 179-196. [More Information]
  • Ottosson, A. (2010). Aboriginal Music and Passion: Interculturality and Difference in Australian Desert Towns. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, 75(3), 275-300. [More Information]
  • Ottosson, A. (2010). Where are the Men? Indigeneity and Masculinity Realigned. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 11(1), 75-83.
  • Ottosson, A. (2009). Playing with Others and Selves: Australian Aboriginal Desert Musicians on Tour. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 10(2), 89-114. [More Information]

Report

  • Ottosson, A. (2008). Anthropologist's Report: Frances Well Land Claim.

2015

  • Ottosson, A. (2015). Holding on to Country: Musical Moorings for Desired Masulinities in Aboriginal Australia (forthcoming). In Pecknold, D. and McCusker, M. (Eds.), A Boy Named Sue: Gender and Country Music. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

2014

  • Ottosson, A. (2014). Fitting Hats: Rich Indigenous Musical Lives and Narrow Scholarly Frames. Journal of World Popular Music.
  • Ottosson, A. (2014). To Know One's Place: Belonging and Differentiation in Alice Springs Town. Anthropological Forum.

2013

  • Ottosson, A. (2013). Performing Aboriginal Places in White Town. In Stahl, G. and Gyde, A. (Eds.), IASPM 2009, (pp. 330-342). Liverpool, UK: International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM).

2012

  • Ottosson, A. (2012). The intercultural crafting of real Aboriginal country and manhood in Central Australia. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 23(2), 179-196. [More Information]

2010

  • Ottosson, A. (2010). Aboriginal Music and Passion: Interculturality and Difference in Australian Desert Towns. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, 75(3), 275-300. [More Information]
  • Ottosson, A. (2010). Where are the Men? Indigeneity and Masculinity Realigned. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 11(1), 75-83.

2009

  • Ottosson, A. (2009). Playing with Others and Selves: Australian Aboriginal Desert Musicians on Tour. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 10(2), 89-114. [More Information]

2008

  • Ottosson, A. (2008). Anthropologist's Report: Frances Well Land Claim.

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