Dr Yasmine Musharbash

Senior Lecturer

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

Telephone 0411 687 638

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Biographical details

ARC Future Fellow, 2014-2018

Senior Lecturer

Since 2009: Department of Anthropology, University of Sydney

Feb - July 2009: Anthropologist, Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority

2004 - 2008: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Western Australia.

2003-2004: Anthropologist, Torres Strait Regional Authority.

1999 - 2003: PhD Scholar, Australian National University.

1997: European Summer School in Anthropology, Copenhagen University

1991 - 1997: MA in Social Anthropology and English, Freie Universität Berlin

1993/4 Social Anthropology and Koorie Studies, Monash University

Since 1994, I have been undertaking annual research trips to the remote Aboriginal settlement of Yuendumu in central Australia, home to up to 1,000 Warlpiri people and about 100 non-Indigenous service providers. I have conducted participant observation-based fieldwork with Warlpiri people in their camps, in Alice Springs, out bush and in a number of other settlements on a range of topics including: sociality, everyday life, domestic space, continuity and change, boredom, youth and inter-generational relations, fear, and so forth.

I have also undertaken non-academic research in central Australia, including Native Title and heritage protection work, consultancies into fire practices, child-rearing, work attitudes, as well as liaison work for the 'voices from the heart of the nation' project between Warlpiri Media, Reconciliation Australia and The Australian (News Ltd.). And, I have undertaken Native Title research for land and sea claims in Torres Strait.

In 2008, I completed a four-year postdoc on 'boredom'. Since then, I have worked on the anthropology of sleep and the night, and further pursued my interests in the anthropology of embodiment and the emotions, comparative anthropology, and research into Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations. Currently, I am working on a project concerned with the theory about and ethnography of monsters.

Research interests

  • Indigenous Australia, especially central Australia and Torres Strait.
  • Warlpiri Studies.
  • Anthropology of the everyday.
  • Anthropology of Monsters.
  • Anthropology of time, space, and place.
  • Sociality, kinship, personhood.
  • Anthropology of emotions and of the body.
  • Indigenous/Non-Indigenous relations.
  • Childhood, youth, gender and inter-generational relations.
  • TSI relations to the sea

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

  • ANTH2605 - Aboriginal Australia: Cultural Journeys
  • ANTH2631 - Being There: Methods in Anthropology
  • ANTH2632 - Anthropology of the Body
  • ANTH2655 - The Social Production of Space

Supervision

Yasmine is qualified to supervise at Honours, Masters and PhD level. Shehas run PhD workshops and Thesis Writing Group (at UWA) and Honours workshops and writing groups at Sydney.If you are interested in pursuing a topic that overlaps with Yasmine’s interests, please contact her directly to discuss possible supervision.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2014

  • Transformations in Aboriginal central Australia: A study of Warlpiri social relations in a time of crisis; Musharbash Y; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Future Fellowships (FT).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Musharbash, Y. (2008). Yuendumu Everyday: Contemporary life in remote Aboriginal Australia. Canberra, Australia: Aboriginal Studies Press.

Edited Books

  • Musharbash, Y., Presterudstuen, G. (2014). Monster Anthropology in Australasia and Beyond. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Musharbash, Y., Barber, M. (2011). Ethnography & the Production of Anthropological Knowledge: Essays in honour of Nicholas Peterson. Canberra, ACT: ANU E Press.
  • Glaskin, K., Tonkinson, M., Musharbash, Y., Burbank, V. (2009). Mortality, Mourning and Mortuary Practices in Indigenous Australia. Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate.

Book Chapters

  • Musharbash, Y. (2014). Here be Kurdaitcha: Towards an Ethnography of the Monstrous on the Margins of a Central Australian Aboriginal Town. In Craig Douglas, Rosalea Monacella (Eds.), Places and Spaces of Monstrosity, (pp. 117-124). Oxford, United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2014). Introduction: Monsters, Anthropology, and Monster Studies. In Yasmine Musharbash, Geir Henning Presterudstuen (Eds.), Monster Anthropology in Australasia and Beyond, (pp. 1-24). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2014). Monstrous Transformations: A Case Study from Central Australia. In Yasmine Musharbash, Geir Henning Presterudstuen (Eds.), Monster Anthropology in Australasia and Beyond, (pp. 39-55). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2013). Embodied Meaning: Sleeping Arrangements in Central Australia. In Katie Glaskin, Richard Chenhall (Eds.), Sleep Around the World: Anthropological Perspectives, (pp. 45-60). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2011). Nic's Gift: Turning Ethnographic Data into Knowledge. In Yasmine Musharbash and Marcus Barber (Eds.), Ethnography & the Production of Anthropological Knowledge: Essays in honour of Nicholas Peterson, (pp. 1-14). Canberra, ACT: ANU E Press.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2011). Warungka: Becoming and Unbecoming a Warlpiri Person. In Ute Eickelkamp (Eds.), Growing Up in Central Australia: New Anthropological Studies of Aboriginal Childhood and Adolescence, (pp. 63-81). New York: Berghahn Books.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2010). 'Only Whitefella Take That Road': Culture seen through the intervention at Yuendumu. In J. Altman and M. Hinkson (Eds.), Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia, (pp. 212-225). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2008). 'Sorry Business is Yapa Way': Warlpiri Mortuary Rituals as Embodied Practice. In Katie Glaskin, Myrna Tonkinson, Yasmine Mushabarash, Victoria Burbank (Eds.), Mortality, Mourning and Mortuary Practices in Indigenous Australia, (pp. 21-36). Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate.
  • Burbank, V., Glaskin, K., Musharbash, Y., Tonkinson, M. (2008). Introduction: Indigenous Ways of Death in Australia. In Katie Glaskin, Myrna Tonkinson, Yasmine Mushabarash, Victoria Burbank (Eds.), Mortality, Mourning and Mortuary Practices in Indigenous Australia, (pp. 1-20). Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2001). Yuendumu CDEP: Warlpiri Work Ethic and Kardiya Staff Turn–over. In Morphy, F. and Sanders, W. (Eds.), The Indigenous Welfare Economy and the CDEP Scheme, (pp. 153-165). Canberra: ANU Press.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2000). The Yuendumu Community Case Study. In Smith, D.E. (Eds.), Indigenous Familes and the Welfare System: Two Community Case Studies, (pp. 53-84). Canberra: ANU Press.

Journals

  • Musharbash, Y. (2013). Night, sight, and feeling safe: An exploration of aspects of Warlpiri and Western sleep. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 24(1), 48-63. [More Information]
  • Musharbash, Y. (2010). Marriage, Love Magic, and Adultery: Warlpiri Relationships as Seen by Three Generations of Anthropologists. Oceania, 80, 272-288.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2010). Warlpiri fears/whitefella fears: Ways of being in Central Australia seen through an emotion. Emotion, Space and Society, 3, 95-102. [More Information]
  • Musharbash, Y. (2008). Perilous Laughter: Examples from Yuendumu, Central Australia. Anthropological Forum, 18(3), 271-277. [More Information]
  • Carty, J., Musharbash, Y. (2008). You've Got to be Joking: Asserting the Analytical Value of Humour and Laughter in Contemporary Anthropology. Anthropological Forum, 18(3), 209-217. [More Information]
  • Musharbash, Y. (2007). Boredom, Time, and Modernity: An Example from Aboriginal Australia. American Anthropologist, 109(2), 307-317. [More Information]
  • Musharbash, Y. (2004). Red Bucket for the Red Cordial, Green Bucket for the Green Cordial: On the Logic and Logistics of Warlpiri Birthday Parties. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 15(1), 12-22.

Edited Journals

  • Musharbash, Y., Carty, J. (2008). Anthropological Forum Special Issue: You've Got to be Joking! Anthropological Perspectives on Humour and Laughter. Anthropological Forum, 18(3).

Conferences

  • Musharbash, Y. (2006). The journeys before the journey: An analysis of 'hithering and thithering' or, what takes place before you can go on a trip in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal settlement. TASA 2006 - Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association, Perth, Australia: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

2014

  • Musharbash, Y. (2014). Here be Kurdaitcha: Towards an Ethnography of the Monstrous on the Margins of a Central Australian Aboriginal Town. In Craig Douglas, Rosalea Monacella (Eds.), Places and Spaces of Monstrosity, (pp. 117-124). Oxford, United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2014). Introduction: Monsters, Anthropology, and Monster Studies. In Yasmine Musharbash, Geir Henning Presterudstuen (Eds.), Monster Anthropology in Australasia and Beyond, (pp. 1-24). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Musharbash, Y., Presterudstuen, G. (2014). Monster Anthropology in Australasia and Beyond. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2014). Monstrous Transformations: A Case Study from Central Australia. In Yasmine Musharbash, Geir Henning Presterudstuen (Eds.), Monster Anthropology in Australasia and Beyond, (pp. 39-55). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

2013

  • Musharbash, Y. (2013). Embodied Meaning: Sleeping Arrangements in Central Australia. In Katie Glaskin, Richard Chenhall (Eds.), Sleep Around the World: Anthropological Perspectives, (pp. 45-60). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2013). Night, sight, and feeling safe: An exploration of aspects of Warlpiri and Western sleep. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 24(1), 48-63. [More Information]

2011

  • Musharbash, Y., Barber, M. (2011). Ethnography & the Production of Anthropological Knowledge: Essays in honour of Nicholas Peterson. Canberra, ACT: ANU E Press.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2011). Nic's Gift: Turning Ethnographic Data into Knowledge. In Yasmine Musharbash and Marcus Barber (Eds.), Ethnography & the Production of Anthropological Knowledge: Essays in honour of Nicholas Peterson, (pp. 1-14). Canberra, ACT: ANU E Press.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2011). Warungka: Becoming and Unbecoming a Warlpiri Person. In Ute Eickelkamp (Eds.), Growing Up in Central Australia: New Anthropological Studies of Aboriginal Childhood and Adolescence, (pp. 63-81). New York: Berghahn Books.

2010

  • Musharbash, Y. (2010). 'Only Whitefella Take That Road': Culture seen through the intervention at Yuendumu. In J. Altman and M. Hinkson (Eds.), Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia, (pp. 212-225). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2010). Marriage, Love Magic, and Adultery: Warlpiri Relationships as Seen by Three Generations of Anthropologists. Oceania, 80, 272-288.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2010). Warlpiri fears/whitefella fears: Ways of being in Central Australia seen through an emotion. Emotion, Space and Society, 3, 95-102. [More Information]

2009

  • Glaskin, K., Tonkinson, M., Musharbash, Y., Burbank, V. (2009). Mortality, Mourning and Mortuary Practices in Indigenous Australia. Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate.

2008

  • Musharbash, Y. (2008). 'Sorry Business is Yapa Way': Warlpiri Mortuary Rituals as Embodied Practice. In Katie Glaskin, Myrna Tonkinson, Yasmine Mushabarash, Victoria Burbank (Eds.), Mortality, Mourning and Mortuary Practices in Indigenous Australia, (pp. 21-36). Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate.
  • Musharbash, Y., Carty, J. (2008). Anthropological Forum Special Issue: You've Got to be Joking! Anthropological Perspectives on Humour and Laughter. Anthropological Forum, 18(3).
  • Burbank, V., Glaskin, K., Musharbash, Y., Tonkinson, M. (2008). Introduction: Indigenous Ways of Death in Australia. In Katie Glaskin, Myrna Tonkinson, Yasmine Mushabarash, Victoria Burbank (Eds.), Mortality, Mourning and Mortuary Practices in Indigenous Australia, (pp. 1-20). Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2008). Perilous Laughter: Examples from Yuendumu, Central Australia. Anthropological Forum, 18(3), 271-277. [More Information]
  • Carty, J., Musharbash, Y. (2008). You've Got to be Joking: Asserting the Analytical Value of Humour and Laughter in Contemporary Anthropology. Anthropological Forum, 18(3), 209-217. [More Information]
  • Musharbash, Y. (2008). Yuendumu Everyday: Contemporary life in remote Aboriginal Australia. Canberra, Australia: Aboriginal Studies Press.

2007

  • Musharbash, Y. (2007). Boredom, Time, and Modernity: An Example from Aboriginal Australia. American Anthropologist, 109(2), 307-317. [More Information]

2006

  • Musharbash, Y. (2006). The journeys before the journey: An analysis of 'hithering and thithering' or, what takes place before you can go on a trip in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal settlement. TASA 2006 - Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association, Perth, Australia: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

2004

  • Musharbash, Y. (2004). Red Bucket for the Red Cordial, Green Bucket for the Green Cordial: On the Logic and Logistics of Warlpiri Birthday Parties. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 15(1), 12-22.

2001

  • Musharbash, Y. (2001). Yuendumu CDEP: Warlpiri Work Ethic and Kardiya Staff Turn–over. In Morphy, F. and Sanders, W. (Eds.), The Indigenous Welfare Economy and the CDEP Scheme, (pp. 153-165). Canberra: ANU Press.

2000

  • Musharbash, Y. (2000). The Yuendumu Community Case Study. In Smith, D.E. (Eds.), Indigenous Familes and the Welfare System: Two Community Case Studies, (pp. 53-84). Canberra: ANU Press.

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