Ms Belinda Burbidge
A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney
I hold a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the Australian National University, Canberra, where I majored in biological and cultural anthropology. I have just completed my PhD project with The University of Sydney. My field research was conducted with Wiradjuri people in central west New South Wales. My dissertation is an examination of Wiradjuri categories of kinship and the social and emotional orders of kin relatedness, with a particular focus on cultural continuity and change between older and younger people.
Since the completion of my MA, I have worked extensively in applied anthropology, conducting ethnographic field research throughout Aboriginal communities in Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, and northern South Australia.
As a result of my experiences in working within Aboriginal industries I have become interested in the interaction between kinship and the state. More specifically, how kin-based beliefs and practices interact with local community and state politics. My other areas of interest include youth culture, kin and social relatedness, and the anthropology of emotion.
In press – Burbidge, B. (2014). 'We are kangaroo. We have the owl': Linguistic and emotional clues for the meanings of the bush in changing Wiradjuri inter-subjectivity and kin relatedness. The Australian Journal of Anthropology.