Professor Gillian Cowlishaw

Anthropology Research Fellow

F12 - Transient Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

I had travelled, married and was a mother before coming to Sydney University in the 1970s and taking a PhD in anthropology. I taught at Charles Sturt University, the ANU, and Sydney University.

My first research in southern Arnhem Land in 1975 and 1976 later led to the publication of a historical ethnography of the remote community of Bulman: Rednecks, Eggheads and Blackfellas: racial power and intimacy in north Australia. (Allen and Unwin with Michigan University Press 1999). Between the first field work and that book I became interested in NSW Aboriginal communities and my first and third books were based on research in the notorious country town of Bourke. These were Black, White or Brindle (Cambridge University Press 1988) and Blackfellas, whitefellas and the hidden injuries of race(Blackwell 2004). Most of my published work is based on interpreting ethnographic accounts of the relationship between Indigenous and settler Australians in contemporary Australia and in the past. Thus I have developed frameworks for understanding racial and cultural identities and their interactions and transformations.

Since 1990 I have been conducting field work in western Sydney

In the media

Inside Story. (2013). A new protection policy? University ethics committees and the social sciences make awkward partners, December 17: [weblink]

Selected grants

2009

  • Social Relations Among Urban Aborigines in Sydneys Western Suburbs; Cowlishaw G; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Cowlishaw, G. (2009). The City's Outback. Sydney, Australia: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2004). Blackfellas, Whitefellas and the Hidden Injuries of Race. UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (1999). Rednecks, Eggheads and Blackfellas: racial power and intimacy in north Australia. Sydney and Michigan: Allen and Unwin.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (1988). Black, White or Brindle: race in rural Australia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Edited Books

  • Cowlishaw, G., Gibson, L. (2012). Towards an Australia-wide Anthropology: Oceania Special Issue. Vol 82 (1). United States: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Eickelkamp, U., Cowlishaw, G. (2012). Young Lives, Changing Times: Perspectives on Social Reproduction. Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Lea, T., Kowal, E., Cowlishaw, G. (2006). Moving Anthropology: Critical Indigenous Studies. Australia: Charles Darwin University Press.
  • Cowlishaw, G., Morris, B. (1997). Race Matters: Indigenous Australians and ‘Our’ society. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.

Book Chapters

  • Cowlishaw, G. (2014). True Ethnography. In Oliver Haag, Karen Hughes, Anna Cole, Vanessa (Eds.), Researching the Other, Transfers of Self: ego-histoire, Europe and Australian Indigenous Studies. Canberra: Australian National University (ANU).
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2013). 'Culture', 'Race' and 'Me': Living the Anthropology of Indigenous Australians. In Cris Shore, Susanna Trnka (Eds.), Up Close and Personal: On Peripheral Perspectives and the Production of Anthropological Knowledge, (pp. 94-107). Oxford: Berghahn Books.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2013). Reproducing Criminality; How Cure Enhance Cause. In Kerry Carrington, Matthew Ball, Erin O'Brien and Juan Tauri (Eds.), Crime, Justice and Social Democracy: International Perspectives, (pp. 234-247). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2010). Framing Violence: an ethnographic perspective on rioting. In Craig Browne and Justine McGill (Eds.), Violence in France and Australia: Disorder in the postcolonial welfare state, (pp. 26-53). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2010). Helping Anthropologists, still. In J. Altman and M. Hinkson (Eds.), Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia, (pp. 45-60). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2008). Australia's Frontier Wars. In Deborah Gare, David Ritter (Eds.), Making Australian History: Perspectives on the Past since 1788, (pp. 175-182). Australia: Thomson (Learning Australia).
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2006). Collateral Damage in the History Wars. In Tess Lea, Emma Kowal, Gillian Cowlishaw (Eds.), Moving Anthropology: Critical Indigenous Studies, (pp. 131-146). Australia: Charles Darwin University Press.
  • Lea, T., Kowal, E., Cowlishaw, G. (2006). Double Binds. In Tess Lea, Emma Kowal, Gillian Cowlishaw (Eds.), Moving Anthropology: Critical Indigenous Studies, (pp. 1-15). Australia: Charles Darwin University Press.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2005). Who's Upsetting Who?: Strangeness, Memory, Nostalgia, Morality. In Tess Lea & Bill Wilson (Eds.), The State of the North: A Selection of Papers from the 2003 Charles Darwin Symposia, (pp. 203-213). Australia: Charles Darwin University Press.

Journals

  • Cowlishaw, G. (2014). Governing Sex: Removing the Right to Take Responsibility. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 3(1), 35-48.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2012). Culture and the absurd: the means and meanings of Aboriginal identity in the time of cultural revivalism. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 18(2), 397-417. [More Information]
  • Cowlishaw, G., Gibson, L. (2012). Locating an Australia-wide Anthropology. Oceania, 82(1), 4-14.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2011). Mythologising culture Part 2: Disturbing aboriginality in the suburbs. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 22(2), 170-188. [More Information]
  • Cowlishaw, G., Lea, T. (2010). Development, heroism and the indigenous life project. Dialectical Anthropology, 34(2), 223-234. [More Information]
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2010). Ethics and the 'unethical' in social science knowledge production. Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics, 11(1 & 2), 90-98.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2010). Faulty Tours: a study of Australian tourists. La Ricerca Folklorica, 61, 11-19.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2010). Mythologising culture - Part 1: Desiring Aboriginality in the suburbs. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 21(2), 208-227. [More Information]
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2010). Ways to Claim a Country. Arena Magazine, 10-11(108), 36-39.
  • Cowlishaw, G., Mookherjee, N. (2009). A multiplicity of meanings: an ethnographic reflection on Kevin Rudd's apology on behalf of the nation, to Australia's Indigenous peoples in January 2008. Critique of Anthropology.
  • Mookherjee, N., Rapport, N., Josephides, L., Hage, G., Todd, L., Cowlishaw, G. (2009). The Ethics of Apology: A Set of Commentaries. Critique of Anthropology, 29(3), 345-366.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2007). Introduction: Ethnography and the Interpretation of 'Cronulla'. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 18(3), 295-299. [More Information]
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2006). Cultures of complaint: An ethnography of rural racial rivalry. Journal of Sociology, 42(4), 429-445. [More Information]
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2006). On 'Getting It Wrong': Collateral Damage in the History Wars. Australian Historical Studies, 37(127), 181-202. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Cowlishaw, G. (2012). Crime and Culture. Crime, Justice and Social Democracy: An International Conference, Brisbane: QUT Publications.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2010). Revivalism and Alterity: Culture as a means of governance. Anthropology and the Ends of Worlds, Sydney: WordPress.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2009). Helping Anthropologists, Still. Australian Anthropology Society Annual Conference, Canberra: Australian Anthropology Society.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2008). Culture as Therapy. Australian Anthropology Society Annual Conference, Canberra: Australian Anthropology Society.

Reference Works

  • Cowlishaw, G. (2007). Redneck Masculinities. In Michael Flood, Judith Kegan Gardiner, Bob Pease, Keith Pringle (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities. Unted Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

2014

  • Cowlishaw, G. (2014). Governing Sex: Removing the Right to Take Responsibility. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 3(1), 35-48.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2014). True Ethnography. In Oliver Haag, Karen Hughes, Anna Cole, Vanessa (Eds.), Researching the Other, Transfers of Self: ego-histoire, Europe and Australian Indigenous Studies. Canberra: Australian National University (ANU).

2013

  • Cowlishaw, G. (2013). 'Culture', 'Race' and 'Me': Living the Anthropology of Indigenous Australians. In Cris Shore, Susanna Trnka (Eds.), Up Close and Personal: On Peripheral Perspectives and the Production of Anthropological Knowledge, (pp. 94-107). Oxford: Berghahn Books.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2013). Reproducing Criminality; How Cure Enhance Cause. In Kerry Carrington, Matthew Ball, Erin O'Brien and Juan Tauri (Eds.), Crime, Justice and Social Democracy: International Perspectives, (pp. 234-247). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

2012

  • Cowlishaw, G. (2012). Crime and Culture. Crime, Justice and Social Democracy: An International Conference, Brisbane: QUT Publications.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2012). Culture and the absurd: the means and meanings of Aboriginal identity in the time of cultural revivalism. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 18(2), 397-417. [More Information]
  • Cowlishaw, G., Gibson, L. (2012). Locating an Australia-wide Anthropology. Oceania, 82(1), 4-14.
  • Cowlishaw, G., Gibson, L. (2012). Towards an Australia-wide Anthropology: Oceania Special Issue. Vol 82 (1). United States: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Eickelkamp, U., Cowlishaw, G. (2012). Young Lives, Changing Times: Perspectives on Social Reproduction. Sydney: University of Sydney.

2011

  • Cowlishaw, G. (2011). Mythologising culture Part 2: Disturbing aboriginality in the suburbs. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 22(2), 170-188. [More Information]

2010

  • Cowlishaw, G., Lea, T. (2010). Development, heroism and the indigenous life project. Dialectical Anthropology, 34(2), 223-234. [More Information]
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2010). Ethics and the 'unethical' in social science knowledge production. Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics, 11(1 & 2), 90-98.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2010). Faulty Tours: a study of Australian tourists. La Ricerca Folklorica, 61, 11-19.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2010). Framing Violence: an ethnographic perspective on rioting. In Craig Browne and Justine McGill (Eds.), Violence in France and Australia: Disorder in the postcolonial welfare state, (pp. 26-53). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2010). Helping Anthropologists, still. In J. Altman and M. Hinkson (Eds.), Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia, (pp. 45-60). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2010). Mythologising culture - Part 1: Desiring Aboriginality in the suburbs. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 21(2), 208-227. [More Information]
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2010). Revivalism and Alterity: Culture as a means of governance. Anthropology and the Ends of Worlds, Sydney: WordPress.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2010). Ways to Claim a Country. Arena Magazine, 10-11(108), 36-39.

2009

  • Cowlishaw, G., Mookherjee, N. (2009). A multiplicity of meanings: an ethnographic reflection on Kevin Rudd's apology on behalf of the nation, to Australia's Indigenous peoples in January 2008. Critique of Anthropology.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2009). Helping Anthropologists, Still. Australian Anthropology Society Annual Conference, Canberra: Australian Anthropology Society.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2009). The City's Outback. Sydney, Australia: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • Mookherjee, N., Rapport, N., Josephides, L., Hage, G., Todd, L., Cowlishaw, G. (2009). The Ethics of Apology: A Set of Commentaries. Critique of Anthropology, 29(3), 345-366.

2008

  • Cowlishaw, G. (2008). Australia's Frontier Wars. In Deborah Gare, David Ritter (Eds.), Making Australian History: Perspectives on the Past since 1788, (pp. 175-182). Australia: Thomson (Learning Australia).
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2008). Culture as Therapy. Australian Anthropology Society Annual Conference, Canberra: Australian Anthropology Society.

2007

  • Cowlishaw, G. (2007). Introduction: Ethnography and the Interpretation of 'Cronulla'. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 18(3), 295-299. [More Information]
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2007). Redneck Masculinities. In Michael Flood, Judith Kegan Gardiner, Bob Pease, Keith Pringle (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities. Unted Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

2006

  • Cowlishaw, G. (2006). Collateral Damage in the History Wars. In Tess Lea, Emma Kowal, Gillian Cowlishaw (Eds.), Moving Anthropology: Critical Indigenous Studies, (pp. 131-146). Australia: Charles Darwin University Press.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2006). Cultures of complaint: An ethnography of rural racial rivalry. Journal of Sociology, 42(4), 429-445. [More Information]
  • Lea, T., Kowal, E., Cowlishaw, G. (2006). Double Binds. In Tess Lea, Emma Kowal, Gillian Cowlishaw (Eds.), Moving Anthropology: Critical Indigenous Studies, (pp. 1-15). Australia: Charles Darwin University Press.
  • Lea, T., Kowal, E., Cowlishaw, G. (2006). Moving Anthropology: Critical Indigenous Studies. Australia: Charles Darwin University Press.
  • Cowlishaw, G. (2006). On 'Getting It Wrong': Collateral Damage in the History Wars. Australian Historical Studies, 37(127), 181-202. [More Information]

2005

  • Cowlishaw, G. (2005). Who's Upsetting Who?: Strangeness, Memory, Nostalgia, Morality. In Tess Lea & Bill Wilson (Eds.), The State of the North: A Selection of Papers from the 2003 Charles Darwin Symposia, (pp. 203-213). Australia: Charles Darwin University Press.

2004

  • Cowlishaw, G. (2004). Blackfellas, Whitefellas and the Hidden Injuries of Race. UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

1999

  • Cowlishaw, G. (1999). Rednecks, Eggheads and Blackfellas: racial power and intimacy in north Australia. Sydney and Michigan: Allen and Unwin.

1997

  • Cowlishaw, G., Morris, B. (1997). Race Matters: Indigenous Australians and ‘Our’ society. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.

1988

  • Cowlishaw, G. (1988). Black, White or Brindle: race in rural Australia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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